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Pros
"It's simple and easy to use.""We have scaled the solution and find this easy to do.""The most valuable feature is ease of use.""Good screen draw feature and ability to use two monitors.""The most valuable feature is the remote application access.""The most valuable features are availability and security.""The most valuable features are the desktop session and desktop virtualization.""The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the simple environment."

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"You have the opportunity to virtualize applications in different locations. Everything is in one pane or one window, which is quite good.""The stability is ok - once I finished the setup, the system was quite stable.""Its price and ease of use are the most valuable. It is simple and has good performance.""Simplicity of the interface is a valuable feature."

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Cons
"Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""There could be some improvement in the integration of the solution.""My customers are worried that the RDP protocol can be easily compromised and would like the option to use an alternative like Blast.""The user interface needs improvement.""There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device.""I would like to see a web-based interface, instead of client installation to refresh the UI through HTML.""Remote Desktop Services doesn't scale well.""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."

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"From a seller's point of view, there are a lot of things that they could do better in the sales cycle.""If the solution crashes, then all the customers connected through that agent, lose their session.""Sometimes you need to understand how to use load balancing and the gateway in order to scale, which means the team may need some additional technical knowledge.""Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence so that we don't have to do everything through the people in the US. The initial setup was a little bit complex because we were migrating from Citrix. For customers who are migrating from another platform like VMware or Citrix, it would be great if they can provide an automated migration solution."

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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."
  • "The solution is overly expensive."
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  • "It is very affordable."
  • "It is not that high. It is in the medium range. Of course, it could be lower, but the price is not the issue."
  • "I don't like the subscription model because it feels like I have to pay every month. If Parallels could go back to the professional license, it would be much better."
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    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. Microsoft… more »
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    You have the opportunity to virtualize applications in different locations. Everything is in one pane or one window, which is quite good.
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    It is not that high. It is in the medium range. Of course, it could be lower, but the price is not the issue.
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    Also Known As
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
    Parallels RAS
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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.
    ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.
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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Arsari Group _ PT Netmarks Indonesia, Izhevsk Elektromekhanicheskiy Zavod (IEMZ) _ Kupol, Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Fylde Borough Council, YARSTROYREZE LLC, VSK Insurance House, Melenkovsky District of Vladimirskaya Oblast, Sofrigam SA, Antenna International, KingsGate Community Church, Norwegian American Hospital, Island Hotels Group, Medway Council, Medway Council, Voices of September 11th, MacDonald Training Center, Kansas Childrenês Service League, Scope,Next Generation Clubs, WTC Communications, Opera Australia, HSE Integrated, Danier, Bridgwater College, Kern County Mental Health, Tony Tiendas, Spears Manufacturing, Managed Insurance Services Inc., Intuitive Medical Software, M.J. Soffe, Mazda Motors, Israel Military Industries (IMI), Telfair, Upic Solutions, Teleflora, Fisher & Company
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Government18%
    University18%
    Local Government9%
    Construction Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 20 reviews while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 7th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 4 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2, while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Good remote application access that can be allowed on a per-user or per-group basis". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "An excellent, simple interface for our customers; allows use of any browser on any platform". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon View, Parallels Access, Citrix Workspace and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon View, NVIDIA GRID, VMware Workstation and Microsoft App-V. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) report.

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