Apache Guacamole vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Guacamole
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. Once installed on a server, all that is needed to access remote desktops is a web browser. Apache Guacamole is free and open source software. It is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, and is maintained by a community of developers that use Guacamole to access their own development environments.N/A
RDCMan
Score 7.8 out of 10
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RDCMan, or Remote Desktop Connection Manager from Microsoft, creates a single location for IT administrators to organize, group and manage connections, allowing users to manage multiple desktops.
$199
Starting Price
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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1 User
$199.00
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5 Users
$779.00
Starting Price
Offerings
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Apache GuacamoleRDCMan
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
Apache Guacamole
8.7
2 Ratings
6% above category average
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
8.1
3 Ratings
2% below category average
Screen sharing9.52 Ratings6.72 Ratings
File transfer9.12 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers9.12 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session10.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile7.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations9.52 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard8.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Session record8.01 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts7.01 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control9.52 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant message00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Remote Active Directory® management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Annotations00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Apache GuacamoleMicrosoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(2 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
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Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache GuacamoleMicrosoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
Limitations are only the effort you want to have to configure it (correctly).
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Microsoft
The RDCMan software is highly effective at allowing me to organize and manage a large number of servers, and desktop computers. It’s quick and easy to use. It’s also highly reliable. In all the years that I have used it, I have never once experienced a crash or any other sort of error.
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Pros
Apache
  • Remote connect to Linux OS
  • Remote connect to Windows OS
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Microsoft
  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Minimal work on user end
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Cons
Apache
  • We have experienced some stability problems (mostly Tomcat related).
  • The interface could be a little more user-friendly.
  • Certain keyboard shortcuts used by Guacamole GUI are impossible to use in the Firefox browser in out-of-the-box configuration.
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Microsoft
  • When trying to connect to a server/machine, and it doesn't connect, there is a "Disconnected" message that is displayed in the thumbnail. There is no information beyond this that explains why the server/machine did/could not connect. It would be helpful to the IT Administrator to know this information, even if Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) kept a log somewhere where this information can be analyzed.
  • There doesn't seem to be an option for connecting to a server that is usually only able to be accessed from a jump server. This will not connect if the server is set up as a server/machine within RDCman. This would be a beneficial feature to have within RDCman. Maybe one of the missing options is to be able to set this in the prospects for the jump server (within the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) window).
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Usability
Apache
it's easy
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Microsoft
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Support Rating
Apache
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Plenty of information and support online, and with many things it's pretty straight forward for the average tech to navigate and work with. But with most things online you're not the only person that's had the issue before, and using a search engine you should be able to figure it out.
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Implementation Rating
Apache
It's easy and free of use, therefore perfect for quick implementations when needed.
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Microsoft
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
We have successfully used noVNC for remote access.
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Microsoft
RDCMan outshines TeamViewer in every possible way. It’s fast, more reliable, and easier to use. I have had frequent crashes and issues when using TeamViewer, while none with RDCMan. Screen responsiveness also seems much better with RDCMan versus TeamViewer. I would often experience lag issues when using TeamViewer.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • The software is 100% open source and free, however, we are not currently utilizing it due to stability problems we have experienced.
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Microsoft
  • One positive impact it's had was that it has made it easier to manage servers since this could be done from a central location and through only one program. This, in effect, has helped to increase efficiency and save the time of those doing server management.
  • Another positive impact was that it is a product that could be deployed/installed by almost anyone, and one that fits reasonably quickly. It also doesn't use a whole lot of system resources when running, so this, in turn, helps the IT/Server Administrators still be efficient in the other work they have to do.
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