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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7 and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"It's almost an out of the box function once you have installed the other components.""I like that it works. In most cases, it's predictable. You know what you get.""The most valuable features are availability and security.""The most valuable feature is that it gives me full accessibility to my servers.""The most valuable features are the desktop session and desktop virtualization.""In terms of the valuable features, I like the profile, the new version is really good.""The most valuable feature is the remote application access.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use."

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"VMware Horizon 7 has its proprietary Elastic streaming protocol, which is very good for delivering VDI.""VMware is a hyper-converged infrastructure model. Therefore, for scaling it you just add more servers to it in the inputs. It's rather straightforward.""It is stable and easily scalable.""It is a stable solution. It is wonderful for multi-user environments, and it supports different virtual machines and operating systems. You can go for any kind of virtual machine. It has many features, especially for a call center. You don't have the issue of computers going down from time to time. You just need to copy the virtual machine to deploy it. You also don't need many people to maintain computers. With Horizon 7, you just need one or two people."

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Cons
"In the next release, I would like to see better performance over slower networks, and integration with Linux, but this is something that we're going to get out of Microsoft in terms of a unified solution.""Microsoft still has some really bad remote desktop appliance for Mac.""We are searching for a product with better remote access and remote sessions.""Security in the connection between us and our clients' servers is something that can be improved.""My customers are worried that the RDP protocol can be easily compromised and would like the option to use an alternative like Blast.""The DB card needs improvement. I have a lot of experience with other competitors and Citrix is better than VMware and Microsoft. Citrix has more extensive features.""There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device.""I would like to be able to access the remote desktop using a web-based interface, rather than having to use the client."

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"I would like to see seamless integration with the cloud because right now, the dependency is on the cloud providers.""I would love to see so they can actually allow the use of Linux, from a hosting environment as well as from a VDI client environment.""The remote connection, bandwidth usage, and error connection can be improved. Working with the load balancer sites should also be improved. For example, with Horizon, we can use two clients with a one megabit connection, but with Citrix, we can use four or five clients with the same bandwidth through ICA protocol. VMware must improve remote connection, connection stability, and load balancing.""It is a little bit complex. You need a little bit of experience with ESXi installation and VMware before using this solution. You cannot directly jump to this solution. It also requires training. After you get trained, you can do anything with Horizon 7. In terms of features, it has been sufficient for my needs, but it can always have more features. They can maybe merge the servers. They can give the Horizon 7 server in one package with ESXi."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The solution has a perpetual license and it is purchased upfront.""It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud.""Although not an expensive product, pricing is always something that can be improved.""It's not an expensive solution.""It's not an expensive product."

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"Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the remote application access.
Top Answer: It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud.
Top Answer: There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device. Specifically, if you are using Teams and conferencing, then there is no microphone capability. To be clear… more »
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Remote Desktop Services is a server role in Windows Server that provides technologies that enable users to access session-based desktops, virtual machine-based desktops, or applications in the data center from both within a corporate network and from the Internet. Remote Desktop Services enables a rich-fidelity desktop or application experience, and helps to securely connect remote users from managed or unmanaged devices.

Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services— including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm43%
Manufacturing Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Government14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company24%
Government7%
Educational Organization6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government6%
Media Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7 and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,495 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 10 reviews while VMware Horizon 7 is ranked 8th in Virtual Desktop with 4 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 7.8, while VMware Horizon 7 is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "It's predictable but they need to develop better support for remote desktops for alternative platforms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon 7 writes "An easy initial setup with a good unified gateway and very good technical support". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon View, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Horizon Cloud, whereas VMware Horizon 7 is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7 report.

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