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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Fusion
July 2022
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Pros
"Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is highly stable.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is stable and reliable.""Good screen draw feature and ability to use two monitors.""It's simple and easy to use.""We have scaled the solution and find this easy to do.""Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""The solution is now stable.""You can scale the product."

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"The most value that it provides is that it is versatile.""The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."

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Cons
"We'd like, in the future, if it would work with Linux or Unix-based operating systems or even Mac.""In a future release, they could improve by providing more advanced technology and better buffering for if the connection is degraded or lost.""I would like to be able to access the remote desktop using a web-based interface, rather than having to use the client.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is only available for the professional version of the Windows operating system. This restricts a lot of users. The feature should be available for all versions.""Remote Desktop Services doesn't scale well.""I would like to see a web-based interface, instead of client installation to refresh the UI through HTML.""We've had issues with security breaches.""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."

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"The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion.""I would like to see newer and updated cloud functions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."
  • "The cost varies depending on the season and whether it is scaled up or scaled down, but I would guess that it's approximately $1,000 per month."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free.
    Top Answer:We've had issues with security breaches. The main problem is that if we are using this with the individual computer and using a remote desktop, there are some loopholes there. When I implemented this… more »
    Top Answer:The most value that it provides is that it is versatile.
    Top Answer:We don't have any issues with the pricing. The cost varies depending on the season and whether it is scaled up or scaled down, but I would guess that it's approximately $1,000 per month.
    Top Answer:I would like to see newer and updated cloud functions.
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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.
    VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Educational Organization9%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Fusion
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Fusion and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 24 reviews while VMware Fusion is ranked 8th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2, while VMware Fusion is rated 9.0. 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 VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, Parallels Access, VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon View and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, whereas VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon View, Parallels Desktop and Citrix Workspace. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Fusion report.

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