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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
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Pros

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.
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Cons

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.
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Usability

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 7.0
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.
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Performance

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.
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Support

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.
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Alternatives Considered

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.
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Return on Investment

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
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Pricing Details

Remote Desktop Services

General

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

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