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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and VMware Workstation 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 Workstation report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is highly stable.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is stable and reliable.""The solution is stable and reliable.""Everything is really good and it works well.""It's simple and easy to use.""Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""The product is stable."

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"It is much more mature compared to Nutanix or SimpliVity when it's cross-platform based.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the DirectX support, you can run Microsoft Hyper-V in virtual environments which is good for me to test different installations. Additionally, you can set up different VLANs, and overall it is a complete solution.""VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems.""It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an individual copy of Windows installed on the virtual machine, so anybody can access that. It helps us a lot.""Great at solving connection problems.""Technical support is very good.""The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice."

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"Sometimes the server stops working, and we don’t know why. Occasionally we’ll get a message to the effect of "There is no remote license."""The user interface needs improvement.""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.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services could improve by having graphical acceleration.""I would like to see a web-based interface, instead of client installation to refresh the UI through HTML.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free.""I would like to be able to leverage it on other operating systems."

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"The GUI interface could be improved.""VMware Workstation has some network limitations which could improve, it is not as flexible as VMware NSX. Additionally, it could support operating systems better. I only run some Linux versions and Windows at the moment but it would be nice to be able to take whatever operating system you want and run it.""My experience with Workstation is limited, so I don't know all the functionalities of this tool. Maybe Workstation could add some more compatibility with other vendors.""Installing VMware Workstation isn't so easy. It's highly complex compared to Windows. I rate it four out of 10 for ease of installation. Setting up a remote desktop only takes a minute or so, but the Workstation itself takes some time.""The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""It could have more platforms and CPUs."

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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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  • "Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The licensing costs are cheap. I pay approximately $100 per year."
  • "The cost differs depending on the customer's requirement."
  • "VMware Workstation has a high price than competitors in the market."
  • "With a VDI solution, there is always extra cost running a VDI solution but it's not for cost purposes anymore. In the beginning, it was to save money on hardware but at the moment it's other aspects that are more important why you should use a VDI solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I'm not aware of the exact costs of licensing. You might have to budget a bit for maintenance, however, it's very minimal.
    Top Answer:We'd like to see more integration with other vendors. The solution could offer better, easier scalability. Technical support response times could be better.
    Top Answer:VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.
    Top Answer:The price of VMware solutions could improve.
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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 Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Akademiska Hus
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise26%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Workstation
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Workstation and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 28 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 12 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.8. 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 Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon, Parallels Access, Citrix Workspace and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and VMware Horizon View. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Workstation report.

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