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Pros
"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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"I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use."

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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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"The price should be reduced."

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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.""Its licensing is on a yearly basis. We're on the educational or academic license, and our terms are good. We're very happy with the pricing.""The pricing could always be improved."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is performance.
Top Answer: It could be made simpler from a management perspective. It should be easier to set it up for desktop printing.
Top Answer: I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.
Top Answer: The price should be reduced. Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.
Top Answer: Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi.
Ranking
2nd
out of 28 in Virtual Desktop
Views
17,763
Comparisons
14,775
Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
375
Rating
7.9
4th
out of 28 in Virtual Desktop
Views
14,306
Comparisons
12,642
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
159
Rating
8.0
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Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
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Overview
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.
VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Sample Customers
Bank Alfalah Ltd.
Akademiska Hus
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm27%
Healthcare Company18%
University18%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company20%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise35%
REVIEWERS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix, Microsoft, VMware and others in Virtual Desktop. Updated: May 2021.
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 14 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 1 review. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 7.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. 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 Workstation writes "Very usable with great virtualization ". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with VMware Horizon View, TeamViewer, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Horizon 7, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Proxmox VE.

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