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Score 8.1 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop

For a small deployment of macOS, I can see where Apple Remote Desktop could suffice. I can see where a company that is strapped for cash could benefit from a knowledgeable employee using it to automate some tasks. I am not comfortable giving an estimate number-wise.For a large deployment of macOS or iOS, this would be a very inappropriate tool. There are far too many obstacles for an app like Apple Remote Desktop to successfully manage a large fleet of macOS computers or really any number of iOS devices. You simply need an MDM solution in this day and age. This will become increasingly necessary, even in small numbers, but MDM providers have started to provide solutions for customers in these situations.
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VNC Connect

VNC Connect works really well on computers connected both within the same local area network and when located outside the office connected via the internet. With VNC Connect, you can remotely access a computer and perform all functions as if you're sitting right in front of it. It also can be used as a training tool to show the person sitting at the computer the steps to take to execute and perform a task. I would not use VNC Connect to remotely access a computer that has the screen left on to perform confidential tasks on it that I don't want others to visually see. Unfortunately, there isn't a method like when you are using Windows Remote Desktop Services where the screen is blanked out to prevent others from viewing your connection.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

Apple Remote Desktop
8.0
VNC Connect
7.6
Screen sharing
Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
VNC Connect
9.6
File transfer
Apple Remote Desktop
9.4
VNC Connect
7.8
Instant message
Apple Remote Desktop
9.2
VNC Connect
7.7
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Apple Remote Desktop
8.0
VNC Connect
8.8
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Apple Remote Desktop
6.2
VNC Connect
7.7
Over-the-Internet remote session
Apple Remote Desktop
9.4
VNC Connect
9.2
Initiate remote control from mobile
Apple Remote Desktop
2.6
VNC Connect
7.6
Remote management of servers & workstations
Apple Remote Desktop
8.5
VNC Connect
4.7
Remote Active Directory® management
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
VNC Connect
Centralized management dashboard
Apple Remote Desktop
8.9
VNC Connect
7.6
Session record
Apple Remote Desktop
6.3
VNC Connect
7.0
Annotations
Apple Remote Desktop
6.1
VNC Connect
5.6
Monitoring and Alerts
Apple Remote Desktop
8.5
VNC Connect
7.0
Multi-platform remote control
Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
VNC Connect
7.9

Pros

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Automator Actions: This is a very cool feature and cost saving as it reduces human effort by automating the workflow of tasks.
  • Curtain Mode: This lets you block your local user's view of the desktop while performing administrative tasks.
  • Spotlight Search: It can perform lightning fast searches on machines using the spotlight search feature of OS X and thus saves a lot of time.
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VNC Connect

  • Visually see their computer screens and the information needed to properly respond to their questions.
  • Transfer files that I might need to work on their financial statements and corporation income tax returns or other reports that they may require. Also to upload files from my computer to update their records.
  • Help train clients to use their own accounting software appropriately while having them see first hand on their screens the use of the software interface and how the data is entered and processed by their software.
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Cons

Apple Remote Desktop

  • I would like to see more included Unix scrips that can be pushed to clients.
  • Inclusion of a way to remote control or screen share with Windows machines would be useful, as I manage a handful of Windows machines. While this would be possible using VNC on the Windows machines, including the ability to connect using Windows terminal connections would be awesome, for me.
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VNC Connect

  • Its a pretty straight forward product - I would like to see more tools with a "wow" factor.
  • Panel colors are blah - I would like more eye-catching colors.
  • A more consistent look with all platforms - like Mac & PC.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We use it on a daily basis and works well in our environment and could see how other Apple owned organizations would benefit.
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VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 8 answers
VNC is a solid product for the price. It simply works and its reliable across different platforms. Some products state they work well in the Mac environment but don't deliver. This one does what it says. Connections are reliable, but of course, this depends on internet connections. The product works well over wireless connections as well. It delivers on what a remote tool should deliver on. My technicians are happy with the product and customers appreciate the ease of use when letting us connect to their systems. Some also appreciate the remote support while they are multi-task.
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Usability

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 9.5
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is amazing. You don't have to dig in to look for options. It's not overwhelming and yet a powerful utility.
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VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 3 answers
VNC Connect is a solid product and our techs are very confident that they can get the job done using it. Reliability is key for us since we have a small support team and many users to support. It also helps keep us in the background more allowing the end-users to multi-task. VNC supports our goal of providing quick and efficient services.
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Support

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Very easy to use not very buggy
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VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 2 answers
VNC Connect is a reliable product that has been around for a long time. It is reasonably priced and works well in the Mac & PC environment. When you have a small team that supports many users we need tools that we can rely upon and that will get the job done on the first try. Many customers appreciate the quick assistance and can multi-task while our team works on their computer issues remotely. From a customer service point of view, this tool gives us transparency and efficient effectiveness.
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Online Training

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The training is very informative, quick and to the point. All of the details one would need are present so the user doesn't have to go searching for additional information just to use the application. The layout of the training was also neat and concise, some of the other training sessions for other companies I've done in the past were confusing and not well thought out, this one is much more superior
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Implementation

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
None, very easy to setup and install.
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VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No problem at all, love the product.
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Alternatives Considered

Apple Remote Desktop

I use TeamViewer with users who are having trouble connecting to the VPN. I think TeamViewer is a good alternative when ARD isn't working. However supporting the number of users we support, TeamViewer can come with a pretty hefty price tag.
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VNC Connect

If you do not have a working internet connection, you can rule LogMeIn out as it is not a viable solution! NetSupport is fairly more advanced and has many more capabilities that VNC does not support so this is not a fair comparison!
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Return on Investment

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Apple Remote Desktop has a positive return on investment because for the expense to the school, the value it brings to teachers is important. The return on improved student performance is very difficult to measure financially, but there is a definite return.
  • The overall objective of education is to increase student learning, ARD does that phenomenally. Parents see the tool used and are impressed at what the capabilities of the tool can do and how it impacts how active their students are as well as how well they can learn.
  • One negative impact is that teachers rely too much on this tool rather than on actually teaching sometimes.
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VNC Connect

  • VNC Connect has had a positive impact/ROI on our business objectives. Without using VNC Connect, we would have had to hire additional technicians and network admins to keep up with the volume of work. It has been a real benefit to keeping costs down as we do our best to control costs being a public sector government agency.
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Pricing Details

Apple Remote Desktop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Apple Remote Desktop Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

VNC Connect

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

VNC Connect Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$401
Enterprise$551
  1. per remote computer
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop
8.9
VNC Connect
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
VNC Connect
8.0

Usability

Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
VNC Connect
8.0

Support

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
VNC Connect
8.0

Online Training

Apple Remote Desktop
VNC Connect
7.0

Implementation

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
VNC Connect
8.0

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