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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs VNC Connect comparison

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

Find out in this report how the two Remote Access 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. VNC Connect report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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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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    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:The most valuable features are that it is consistently low profile and consistently works without hiccups or headaches.
    Top Answer:We occasionally have issues with the graphic software of the interface. It's a bit of a challenge. They have a version that allows us to stand up a remote connection if we have not previously set the… more »
    Top Answer:My company is a totally virtual company. All of my users are geographically remote from my location. Any IT support that we have to provide has to occur virtually. All the patches, updates, or… more »
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    Also Known As
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
    Learn More
    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.

    Intuitive remote control
    Use the mouse and keyboard (or touchscreen) in front of you as though they belong to the remote computer.

    Send special keys and combinations such as Ctrl-Alt-Del, and copy and paste text in either direction. Type in confidence that characters will be interpreted correctly, whatever your platform, keyboard or input language.

    Tried and tested performance
    As the original inventors of VNC® technology, we know how to create a responsive screen sharing experience that's as good as being there.

    Our patent-protected technology automatically optimizes to the speed of your network, and is especially effective in low-bandwidth and high-latency environments.

    Cross-platform support
    PC to PC and mobile to PC across Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android.

    With an Enterprise subscription, you also get a key to install our VNC® 5.x software on a wide range of older and UNIX operating systems too, so your legacy hardware remains accessible.

    Attended and unattended access
    Connect whether remote computer owners are present or not.

    Remotely access your own computers, monitor or patch equipment in the field, support customers or colleagues, and much more. Learn about the many ways our customers use VNC® Connect.

    Direct and cloud connectivity
    Our cloud service automatically brokers cloud connections between devices wherever they are.

    So you don’t need to rely on a VPN, or conduct complex and insecure port-forwarding and firewall configuration.

    With an Enterprise subscription, you can establish direct connections as well (or instead), perfect for locked down or offline network environments. For more information, start with our document cloud versus direct.

    Pre-install or connect on demand
    Add device access to your subscription, install VNC® Connect on every device you own or manage, and enable access by anyone at any time.

    Alternatively, add instant support to your subscription and connect in seconds on demand, leaving no footprint. Or add both capabilities, and cover every remote access use case.

    File transfer, printing and chat
    During a session, you're not restricted to just interacting with the remote screen.

    You can transfer files in either direction, print files directly to a printer where you are (rather than to a printer attached to the remote computer), and securely chat with other users connected at the same time as you.

    Secure by design
    VNC® Connect is built from the ground up with security in mind, to balance the control you need with the privacy that compliance requires.

    Sessions are encrypted end-to-end using up to 256-bit AES encryption. Authentication is mandatory at the point of connection and never delegated to the cloud. Protect your computers with multi-factor authentication, single-sign on (SSO), granular access control and rich session permissions.

    Multilingual support
    VNC® Connect is available in French, German, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as well as English, with more translations on the way.

    Online team management
    Manage remote computers, the people you invite into your team to share remote access with, and their roles and permissions from one central location.

    Remote deployment
    With an Enterprise subscription, you can deploy VNC® Connect in bulk, offline or remotely using your standard enterprise tooling.

    In addition, you can configure VNC® Connect remotely using policy, and lock it down to prevent change.

    Virtual desktops under Linux
    With an Enterprise subscription, you can create virtual desktops on Linux computers.

    This might be useful to enable visual remote access to headless Linux systems, or provide separate workspaces for simultaneous users of a shared resource.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Telesat Canada, St. Anthony's School, Pratt and Whitney, City of Sacramento
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 3rd in Remote Access with 28 reviews while VNC Connect is ranked 20th in Remote Access. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2, while VNC Connect is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Light, built into the operating system, and requires no implementation". On the other hand, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon, Parallels Access, Citrix Workspace and VMware Horizon View, whereas VNC Connect is most compared with OpenText Exceed TurboX (ETX), Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, TeamViewer, Check Point Remote Access VPN and Parallels Access.

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