Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs VMware Player comparison

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

Find out in this report how the two Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Player Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"It works fine, and it is largely issue-free.""It's built into the operating system and has a command line interface capability to insert credentials, IDs, a password, et cetera.""I've had good experiences with Microsoft customer support.""You can scale the product.""Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""It's pretty stable.""It's simple and easy to use.""The solution has very smooth connectivity and is very user friendly."

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"It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player.""VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."

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"Updates sometimes impact the application and we have system crashes.""The performance depends on connectivity.""There could be some improvement in the integration of the solution.""We'd like to see more integration with other vendors.""I would like to be able to leverage it on other operating systems.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""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.""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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"VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround.""The tool has limited scalability."

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  • "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:VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.
    Top Answer:VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround. It would be an improvement if there were some kind of mixture between the… more »
    Top Answer:I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.
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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.

    VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

    VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

    There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Akademiska Hus
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Player
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Player and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 32 reviews while VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.0, while VMware Player 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 VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with VMware Horizon, TeamViewer, Parallels Access, Citrix Workspace and VMware Horizon Cloud, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon, Parallels Desktop and VMware Workspace ONE. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Player report.

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