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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon View
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon View and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the simple environment.""You can scale the product.""The performance is one of the main features of this solution.""The most valuable feature is performance.""The performance meets our requirements and the stability is good.""The most valuable feature is ease of use.""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.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is stable and reliable."

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"The solution is secure.""The most valuable feature of this solution has been security.""VMware has a lot of experience in virtualization — they are the pioneers in virtualization.""The solution has good performance and functionality. However, if the network connection was poor we noticed a decrease in performance.""VMware Horizon View is easy to configure and deploy.""The embedded features of the solution are valuable.""Ability to log in from anywhere and from a variety of devices.""The most valuable features are Instant Clones and AppStacks."

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Cons
"Sometimes difficult to set up without the requirement for login credentials each time.""We'd like, in the future, if it would work with Linux or Unix-based operating systems or even Mac.""There could be some improvement in the integration of the solution.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""Microsoft Desktop Services is stable but it takes up a lot of resources in the CPU. It's a bit heavier than some solutions.""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.""I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free.""In a future release, they could improve by providing more advanced technology and better buffering for if the connection is degraded or lost."

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"The solution is very expensive.""Sometimes, the protocol itself gets a bit laggy. If you have less than optimal switching and routing, it can get kind of laggy.""User profiles are something that needs to be improved.""The installation is complex and could be easier. The full installation with testing took a couple of weeks to complete.""Lacks sufficiently robust audio redirections.""VMware support is okay, but sometimes it's a little bit hit or miss trying to get somebody who knows what they're doing and talking about.""Technical support could be better and faster.""The solution isn't quite mature yet. It needs more time to mature and to get more market recognition."

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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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  • "This solution is expensive. A lot of companies in Mexico find that the price is too high."
  • "There is a monthly subscription for the use of this solution and it is expensive."
  • "Customers pay a licensing fee."
  • "The pricing can be relatively competitive, but sometimes you have to go back to VMware and ask for additional discounts. You can make it competitive If you're prepared to put in the work. The list prices and standard discounts may not be competitive, but if you push hard enough, you can get the price to where you need it to be."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is reasonable.
    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:VMware Horizon View is easy to configure and deploy.
    Top Answer:The pricing can be relatively competitive, but sometimes you have to go back to VMware and ask for additional discounts. You can make it competitive If you're prepared to put in the work. The list… more »
    Top Answer:The cost of licenses is always a challenge. I would also like the deployment to be simplified and automated to be more streamlined. It would be helpful for managing. For example, if you are deploying… more »
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    Also Known As
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
    Horizon View
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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 Horizon View, previously known as VMware View, is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that provides users with virtual and mobile desktop management, flexible access, an optimal end-user experience and cloud computing. Horizon View also provides increased control and security of the desktop environment.

    End-users get to be more productive and enjoy the flexibility of accessing their desktop environments from many locations and devices, while IT remains in control of policies and security.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Government15%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company10%
    University10%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon View
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon View and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 21 reviews while VMware Horizon View is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 21 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.0, while VMware Horizon View is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Easy to set up and reliable, but needs an additional control panel". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, Parallels Access, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon 7 and Citrix Workspace, whereas VMware Horizon View is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon 7 and Citrix Workspace. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon View report.

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