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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7
May 2022
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"The installation is straightforward.""The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the simple environment.""Good screen draw feature and ability to use two monitors.""Everything is really good and it works well.""The most valuable feature is performance.""The most valuable feature is ease of use.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is highly stable.""We have scaled the solution and find this easy to do."

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"The most valuable feature of VMware Horizon 7 is its ease of use.""I appreciate the ability to have a more centralized environment.""The ease of deployment is one of the most valuable features. If I want to install something, I can have a test phase to see what sort of impact it will have and whether it will affect production. So I can install it on my lab, make sure it is okay, and if it is, I can deploy it directly to the users or to the staff.""The most important feature of this solution is the connectivity with every device, such as iPad, iPhone, and other terminals. The security of the solution is very good.""It is stable and easily scalable.""VMware is a hyper-converged infrastructure model. Therefore, for scaling it you just add more servers to it in the inputs. It's rather straightforward.""The benefits of this solution are that it is modern and it works perfectly well with the rest of the VMware environments we have. Having this vertical integration is what matters to us as an organization and this solution excels in this area. You deploy it and it works without much hassle.""We like that VMware is the top competitor in virtualization."

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"The training profiles could be better.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""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.""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.""The user interface needs improvement.""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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"In the next release, I would like to have more support when optimizing the master templates for PDI. There are tools that are available to be used but they are not supported at the moment and are more, "use at your own risk."""The remote connection, bandwidth usage, and error connection can be improved. Working with the load balancer sites should also be improved. For example, with Horizon, we can use two clients with a one megabit connection, but with Citrix, we can use four or five clients with the same bandwidth through ICA protocol. VMware must improve remote connection, connection stability, and load balancing.""There are some issues with RAM in the system.""It is a little bit complex. You need a little bit of experience with ESXi installation and VMware before using this solution. You cannot directly jump to this solution. It also requires training. After you get trained, you can do anything with Horizon 7. In terms of features, it has been sufficient for my needs, but it can always have more features. They can maybe merge the servers. They can give the Horizon 7 server in one package with ESXi.""Areas for improvement in VMware Horizon 7 would be the logging and the troubleshooting, e.g. they could be made clearer.""The multimedia playback is not very good and they could improve it by increasing the quality.""The most important feature that is missing is the ability to do some remote support on the client itself. For example, if somebody has a Horizon client installed on his machine, there should be a way to support his local machine as well. That's because most of the problems can't be solved very often due to the computer or the setup that someone is using on his personal machine. Because a Horizon client is already installed on the machine to access the environment, it would be nice if the client itself possessed some sort of remote control tool in it so that if needed, we could support both the virtual setup and the actual setup of the machine. It pretty much does everything well. It is mostly the support aspect that can be improved. You have perfect control over your in-house environment. You have a solution that can pretty much be used anywhere, but you have no control over the machine that's being used to access your environment. Definitely, that's where most of the features are lacking. There should be an option for remote control and maybe some options for conformity.""I would like to see the VDP or other features for backing up the VMs."

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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."
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  • "Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses."
  • "There are different editions available at different cost points."
  • "I don't know about the price. I know there are different tiers with the license, but I'm not sure exactly what it costs anymore."
  • "It is hard to know for sure. It is definitely in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. It is quite expensive, but you do save money on desktop power, desktop upgrades, etc. You're able to extend the useful life of your previous desktops. Previously, we used to change desktops regularly, and now we just change them when they break."
  • "The VMware Horizon 7 license is for three months. We are in the testing stage, we are still evaluating the product. We are sure now that we need to buy a license for the production environment."
  • "The license is very costly, as well as the renewal cost."
  • "We are happy with the price."
  • "The license for this product is paid on a monthly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is highly stable.
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    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.
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    VMware Workspace One has a powerful set of helpful features. The solution offers very good documentation, the initial setup is easy, and the product is very stable and reliable. I think the fact that… more »
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    Horizon 7 is scalable - we can add more machines or servers easily.
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    Horizon 7 is cheaper than some competitors, like Citrix, because it includes solutions for the server side, the VDI side, and the hypervisor side.
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    Also Known As
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
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    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.

    Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services— including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Outsourcing Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7 and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    595,546 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 18 reviews while VMware Horizon 7 is ranked 6th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 16 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2, while VMware Horizon 7 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Great screen draw feature; option of using two monitors is very useful". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon 7 writes "Makes it simpler and faster to deploy new versions and updates and enables us to provide support with the remote control feature". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon View, Parallels Access, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), whereas VMware Horizon 7 is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon 7 report.

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