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Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The solution has been solid for me for over five years.""It offers a simple configuration and setup.""The secure hotspot access for enabling good network connectivity is great.""The biggest advantage of Check Point Remote Access VPN is that we already use the Check Point firewall. We only needed to enable the feature and do the configuration in order to enable the VPN feature. We didn't need to buy or manage new hardware. This was a big advantage.""I found the MEP feature the most valuable. This has improved users' latency allowing the users to connect to the nearest Azure Check Point VM.""Setup using the manuals was easy.""To maintain the authorization of the connected user, Check Point provides multi-factor authentication for an RA VPN client to make sure legitimate users have access to resources.""The most valuable feature is the seamless access."

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"The most valuable feature is ease of use.""The installation is straightforward.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is stable and reliable.""The technical support is good.""The solution has very smooth connectivity and is very user friendly.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""The solution is easy to deploy and there are many features available that you can turn on or off depending on your budget.""I've had good experiences with Microsoft customer support."

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Cons
"It's difficult to configure on Linux workstations as Check Point Remote VPN clients support only Windows and Mac devices.""In an environment with multiple cluster checkpoints, the global properties common to all clusters in some cases give problems.""The authentication that we handle is through a .p12 certificate, however, we have integrated it with a 2MFA service through another provider. Something that could improve Check Point is if it had its own 2MFA service through a blade or some sort of application.""In the case of URL translation of the VPN Web portal, the requests made from the front end to the back end weren't valid (due to the use of dynamic subdomains). In the case of host translations, the request was made to the same host, however, we cannot specify the ports, which, in our case, are used to redirect to different servers.""Generally, the license is included with the Check Point gateway licensing, however, in terms of the number of users that can be activated for use, it is generally five users.""When you need to create something, you have to follow many steps and I think that should be simplified.""Sometimes we have some small problems with Check Point Remote Access VPN. For example, problems with authentication.""Without a doubt and with the new trends in technology, Check Point should already have a blade with a 2MFA solution and not through some other vendor."

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"Sometimes the server stops working, and we don’t know why. Occasionally we’ll get a message to the effect of "There is no remote license."""I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free.""There could be some improvement in the integration of the solution.""There are times I get disconnected from the service and when one or two attempts to establish a remote connection. Microsoft should show where the problem is, I have to find it by myself.""We'd like, in the future, if it would work with Linux or Unix-based operating systems or even Mac.""Its look and feel could be updated. In Azure Remote Desktop Services (RDS), which is a VDI solution, we would like to see linked clones. It is a Hyper-V solution, and it doesn't support linked clones and uses a lot of storage. That's why we don't use it. VMware has a similar solution that supports linked clones for the master image.""It could be made simpler from a management perspective.""Microsoft Desktop Services is stable but it takes up a lot of resources in the CPU. It's a bit heavier than some solutions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "Organizations that already have the Check Point NGFW need to purchase an additional license to have access to the VPN functionality."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "Check Point Remote Access VPN is not expensive and the cost is annual."
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  • "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."
  • "The solution is overly expensive."
  • "The solution comes free with Microsoft Windows."
  • "The price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The team has full visibility of the users that connect allowing them to keep control of who is in the network and what data they are allowing to come in and out.
    Top Answer:Check Point manages to provide good cost in its products and it is worth making the investment since this solution can prevent a collapse in the organization.
    Top Answer:In my organization, there aren't Linux users, however, I know it has difficulties offering secure access for customers who use this operating system. Also, this product has limitations with headcount… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is the ability to remote into a system that is not on-premises.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Remote Desktop Services comes free as part of Microsoft Windows.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Remote Desktop Services could improve by having a better application for managing multiple sessions. There used to be one but they stopped supporting it.
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    Also Known As
    Check Point Remote Access VPN, Check Point Endpoint Remote Access VPN
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
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    Overview

    Remote secure access VPN is a solution that provides users with remote access to an organization’s network. The host may have VPN client software loaded or use a web-based client. The solution leverages security features like multi-factor authentication, endpoint scanning, and encryption of all data in motion.

    Check Point Remote Access VPN provides individuals with protected and efficient access to a company network from anywhere. This strategy fosters collaboration and connectivity between distributed teams and offices.

    Features of Check Point Remote Access VPN

    Key features of the secure remote access VPN include:

    • Compliance Scanning

    The system enforces endpoint security with endpoint compliance. It monitors and verifies the security status of each endpoint and reports back to the Security Gateway. The gateway, in turn, checks the compliance level and directs the connectivity to the right resources.

    • 3 Deployment Options

    Users can deploy the Remote Access VPN in one of three ways:

    1. Integrated with an Endpoint Security solution. In this case, you get a firewall, an application control (not in macOS), the remote access VPN, and compliance features included in the package.
    2. As a Standalone Check Point Mobile for Windows. This package includes a remote access VPN and compliance features.
    3. As a Standalone Secure Remote. This tier only includes the Remote Access VPN.
    • Central Management

    Remote Access VPN is centrally managed. The centralized console enables management and enforcement of policies with a single log-in.

    • Mobile Access Option

    The Remote Access VPN has a web portal that users can use to connect securely to corporate applications, such as web-based resources, file-sharing, and email. Administrators can customize the web portal to match the brand identity.

    • 2 Remote Access Options

    Remote Access VPN offers two choices for remote access:

    1. SSL VPN Portal: Includes the mobile access web portal, an SSL network extender, Check Point Mobile for iOS and Android, and a capsule workspace for iOS and Android.
    2. Layer 3 VPN Tunnel: Includes the endpoint security remote access VPN, Check Point Mobile for Windows, the capsule connect for iOS and Android, the VPN plugin for Windows 8.1, and the capsule VPN for Windows 10.
    • Authentication Support

    The authentication features include password management, RADIUS challenge/response, CAPI software, and hardware tokens. P12 certificates, and SecurID.

    • Encryption Tunnel

    The system establishes a VPN tunnel on demand. It also re-arranges connections when roaming. The tunnel can automatically tear down when the user is on the corporate LAN.

    • Connect Options

    There are several connection features, such as Hotspot detection, office mode IP, split tunneling, and automatic fallback to HTTPS.

    Benefits of Check Point Remote Access VPN

    One of the key advantages of Remote Access VPN is that it provides remote workers with a secure way to connect to a corporate network from any device, including their personal devices. The data encryption in transit enables them to securely access the resources they need for their tasks.

    It also provides IT support and technicians with a faster way to troubleshoot software issues. In the case of a ticket, IT doesn’t need to go to the server location to fix the problem but can troubleshoot it remotely.

    A remote secure access VPN is also an affordable alternative for small and medium-sized businesses, without requiring expensive infrastructure.

    Reviews from Real Users

    A Global IT Network and Security Service Senior Specialist at a manufacturing company who uses Check Point Remote Access VPN says, "I found the MEP feature the most valuable. This has improved users' latency allowing the users to connect to the nearest Azure Check Point VM."

    "Organizations that already use the Check Point NGFW Solution do not require any additional hardware, which makes the implementation straightforward and reduces the time to go live," explains Basil D., Senior Manager at a financial services firm.

    Manuel B., a Voice and data infrastructure specialist at a tech services company, says that "The IPSec VPN, Mobile Access, and Identity Awareness are three of the blades with which we have been working with since the pandemic. This has given us great mobility, making our network more dynamic."



    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.
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    Sample Customers
    Osmose, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Logistics Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise39%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,548 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point Remote Access VPN is ranked 4th in Remote Access with 30 reviews while Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 3rd in Remote Access with 26 reviews. Check Point Remote Access VPN is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Check Point Remote Access VPN writes "Enables users to easily work from home". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Light, built into the operating system, and requires no implementation". Check Point Remote Access VPN is most compared with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Fortinet FortiClient, OpenVPN Access Server, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Zscaler Private Access, whereas Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, Parallels Access, VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon View and GoToMyPC. See our Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services report.

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