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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are well suited for remote access when paired with Citrix ADC as the gateway. It is great for when there are limited resources and applications and desktops need to be shared with many users. It is a very good VDI environment and works with VMware vCenter and ESXi very well. Without Citrix ADC it is very difficult to set up an ICA proxy for remote sessions. If you are planning on using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for remote access you either need Citrix ADC or VPN to keep it secure.
Ivan Sytchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services is particularly nice if you have a server license for a program and don't want to install it on everyone's machine but do want to give everyone access to the program. They can either use RDS to connect to the server, or you can set up a RemoteApp.It's also nice if you have people who work on two different workstations in two different locations. We have several people who sometimes work at one desk and sometimes in an office, so it's nice for them to be able to access one machine or the other easily without having to walk back and forth.One note, if users don't have an Active Directory account, or if you don't want to mess with putting people into various permissions groups, RDS may not be the best solution for them. This wasn't an issue for us since our organization was small enough that we could manage AD permissions and groups rather easily.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • All Management resources can now be installed on a single server. Reducing the overhead required to maintain a citrix environment.
  • Granularity of the Delivery groups allow you to define allowing a remote user to connect to a random XenDesktop VM or individually assigning VMs to users.
  • HDX RealTime Optimization Pack has stabilized some of the issues of utilizing all of the features of Skype for Business in a ZenDesktop VM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • Remote Desktop Services does an excellent job in providing a way for our staff to be working outside the office as if they're actually sitting inside the office. As long as the staff has an internet connection and a computer, he can use Remote Desktop Services to access files on our network.
  • Remote Desktop Services also eliminates a need to have a very fast internet connection to access files on the company network. Once a Remote Desktop Service session is established, the only bandwidth it takes up is the transfer of images you see on the display. It's like surfing on the web because you are using the company server as the resource to run the applications.
  • Remote Desktop Services provides a way for users to transfer files back & forth to/from staff's offsite laptop to/from the company network . There would be times when staff forget to copy a particular file onto the laptop for a presentation. So the way to retrieve the data from the network is to establish a Remote Desktop Session and then using Windows standar copy & paste feature to transfer the file from the network onto their laptop for use.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Monitoring and troubleshooting tools are lacking. Unless you can afford the costly step up to Platinum licensing, there is little native visibility into the Inner workings of the system, or into the ICA tunnel protocols. there are third party tools available, but because ICA is licensed by Citrix, there are only a few vendors who have the ability to really see what is occurring under the covers.
  • Profile management is very sloppy. Once again, a third party tool is required to effectively manage roaming profiles and keep login times down to a manageable level. UPM allows profiles to grow dramatically and requires careful monitoring and frequent intervention.
  • The Citrix Receiver client (Windows) is quirky and often causes end user performance and UX issues. Installing and upgrading the client is not straightforward or easy, although Citrix has been improving this weakness in recent releases.
Denis Peach | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • No centralized management: unlike other products on the market, Remote Desktop Services in 2008r2 provides no single management console. Users are managed through a console on the connection broker, web apps are managed on a per server basis (even when those servers belong to a farm).
  • Image Management: because no use of an agent like PNTools is made, bringing up servers and adding them to the farm is inconvenient. Static IPs are a must and round-robin load balancing is really your only option with the connection broker. Updating a farm of 5+ servers becomes a chore, but still easier than updating 2000+ machines.
  • Still a very green product: while Microsoft offers a lot of the same features as the big guys, it's obvious that Remote Desktop Services is still in it's infancy and has a lot of room for growth. I have discovered and requested fixes for a number of bugs in the mobile app alone - something about the QA process for these apps seems to be lacking.
Nathan Ziehnert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
XenDesktop has become so integral to our operations that we will continue using it for the foreseeable future.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.2
Based on 5 answers
Getting the environment setup took me three months of off and on work, with 3 complete rebuilds of the environment. Utilizing the WebUI to access the environment had presented so many random issues that we had to require end users to use the Citrix Reciever App. As it was the only stable solution.Aside from that, it hasn't required much admin intervention since the stand-up was completed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 6.7
Based on 2 answers
The initial setup for Remote Desktop Services is complex, and licensing is costly. Each user connects to their virtual desktop hosted by a single server or group of servers, so a change or issue with servers quickly impacts every single user at the same time.Aside from that, users appreciate seeing their same personal desktop from any device or geographical location.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.4
Based on 2 answers
Xendesktop did a great job with HA of all the components.
Khanh Thai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 7.7
Based on 5 answers
The performance of XenDesktop is the best in the industry because of the fine-tuned protocol and years of updating. Overall, I don't think there is a better performer on the market. The question is if the added complexity of running XenDesktop is really worth the performance gain. While the latest version of XenDesktop is the easiest to deploy so far, it is still more challenging than the competitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 5.0
Based on 1 answer
There are some third party tools available that allow you to manage multiple connections.
Nathan Alandt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.0
Based on 9 answers
When you finally get to support, it is usually fairly good and consistent, but Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) does make it hard and time-intensive to get to someone who can help. With that said their only KB's are quite good and many times you can solve issues by looking stuff up yourself vs. fighting to get a competent support rep on the phone,
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 3.0
Based on 1 answer
As with any Microsoft Server product, support for Remote Desktop Services requires a paid support package. These are license-based and very costly, on top of the already costly product licensing. Microsoft's licensing is complicated to begin with, so setting up licensing alone essentially requires a licensing expert's counsel.There is community documentation and support available on Microsoft websites, as well as community websites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I was self trained
Khanh Thai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

No score
No answers yet
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Online Training

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.3
Based on 2 answers
Easy to understand and learn at my own pace
John Pasqualicchio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

No score
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Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Take it slow and read the directions each step of the way. If you are not familiar with Citrix products, use a reseller or other experienced engineer to assist you in the setup of your environment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

VMWare View is more complicated to implement and uses linked clones. I haven't used VMWare View in awhile though and this may have changed. At the time I tested it, the performance was consistently better (especially when remote) with XenDesktop. Additionally, XenDesktop had features like personal vDisk that gave it an advantage from a user standpoint. If you have applications that require GPU acceleration, Citrix's offering is more mature in this area than VMWare View as well.
Jay Oliphant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

We have reviewed Citrix Xen Desktop and VMware's VDI solutions. For the cost, when compared to what Remote Desktop Services can provide us there was no contest. Remote Desktop Services can provide us all the features we require with little to no cost since we are an EA customer with grandfathered eCALs! If we were going greenfield and having to buy licensing from scratch, we would look at the Citrix Xen product. Just remember that Microsoft's Remote Desktop Service is licensed from Citrix and if you can wait a few years for a current Xen feature, you can have it for free in Remote Desktop Services.
Will Smothers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 9.2
Based on 2 answers
Easily scalable
John Pasqualicchio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

No score
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Return on Investment

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Increased productivity of nursing of ER and inpatient staff, leading to faster and more accurate patient care.
  • Very positive feedback from VDI users who could not imagine having to go back to the "old way".
  • Thin-clients and 0-clients should double the workstation life cycle versus traditional workstations.
  • Large initial investment for server and storage infrastructure, Microsoft and Citrix licensing, and configuration of the virtual platform, XenDesktop, and other product integrations (single sign-on, provisioning services, third-party personalization and management apps, etc.)
  • Integration of all components that compliment and support XenDesktop create a complex environment that increases quality and quantity of supporting staff.
Brad Eley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • Remote Desktop Services has good impact in meeting 100 percent of the objectives laid by our Enterprise of 1000 employees.
  • Return of imvestment is measured in return of uninterrupted services and it can be termed as 100 percent
  • Remote Desktop Services had no negative impacts on the business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

General

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

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) Editions & Modules

Edition
Virtual Apps$375
    Additional Pricing Details

    Remote Desktop Services

    General

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

    Remote Desktop Services Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Add comparison