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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Parallels Access based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"We use it to connect to the legacy system.""The product is stable.""Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the simple environment.""It's built into the operating system and has a command line interface capability to insert credentials, IDs, a password, et cetera.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is the ability to remote into a system that is not on-premises.""The most valuable feature of this solution at the moment is the HTML5 web client. You get a browser experience, not just the terminal sort of client, and the integration with Azure multi-factor application.""We have scaled the solution and find this easy to do."

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"It's got a very easy-to-use interface."

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Cons
"Microsoft Remote Desktop Services could improve by allowing the sharing of the office application. For example, the ability to replace a PC when something is wrong.""I would like to see the hard drives work without locking up and integrate the local drives in the next release.""The performance depends on connectivity.""We'd like, in the future, if it would work with Linux or Unix-based operating systems or even Mac.""The solution should have better security.""We've had issues with security breaches.""From the perspective of an IT professional, Microsoft Remote Desktop is very easy to use. However, it could be made easier to use for the end user, especially when it comes to activating it.""The only problems that you're going to have with the remote desktop are going to be firewall ports, security, and NLA, which is a net network level access control, or TLS transfer layer security or some other SSL-type of security."

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"The solution may not scale well for enterprises."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free."
  • "Microsoft Remote Desktop Services comes free as part of Microsoft Windows."
  • "I am aware that for Azure we do have an extra license because we are leveraging on different tenants."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We have deployed Microsoft Remote Desktop Services for logistics, CNC, and machine shop areas. I think that is very flexible in order to provide the correct maintenance and deploy the services.
    Top Answer:Hi Jean ISL Online remote desktop software's main functionality is establishing connections with remote computers. In addition, you can route Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions via… more »
    Top Answer:Hi @Aimee White, @Dan Withrow, @Imad Awwad ​and @Darshil Sanghvi. What would you advise to your peer, @OLAABDELNASER?  Thanks in advance for your help.
    Top Answer:It's great that the total deployment can happen completely remotely.
    Top Answer:We're just getting used to the solution. We've only been on it for two to three months. We're still learning everything, so it's hard to say if there's anything lacking. One challenge we do notice is… more »
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    2nd
    out of 35 in Remote Access
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    21,139
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    Reviews
    27
    Average Words per Review
    352
    Rating
    8.2
    11th
    out of 35 in Remote Access
    Views
    2,742
    Comparisons
    2,424
    Reviews
    1
    Average Words per Review
    353
    Rating
    8.0
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    Also Known As
    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.
    Parallels Access is a fast, simple, and reliable remote access software that allows you to connect to your computer from anywhere. Parallels Access can access all your applications, files, and computers.
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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Gilt Groupe K.K.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Remote Access with 32 reviews while Parallels Access is ranked 11th in Remote Access with 1 review. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.0, while Parallels Access is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Light, built into the operating system, and requires no implementation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Parallels Access writes "User-friendly with a good interface and a simple setup". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with VMware Horizon, TeamViewer, Citrix Workspace, VMware Horizon Cloud and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, whereas Parallels Access is most compared with TeamViewer, Splashtop Remote Support, VNC Connect, LogMeIn Pro and Check Point Remote Access VPN.

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