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Score 8.1 out of 100
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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.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

I believe Oracle Secure Global Desktop is better used on a larger device such as a desktop or laptop, as the Android platform is a bit confusing when initially introduced to fellow employees who were familiar with the other layout.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
7.4
Screen sharing
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
9.0
File transfer
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
9.0
Instant message
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
1.0
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
10.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
8.0
Over-the-Internet remote session
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
10.0
Initiate remote control from mobile
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
5.0
Remote management of servers & workstations
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
10.0
Remote Active Directory® management
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
7.0
Centralized management dashboard
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
8.0
Session record
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
8.0
Annotations
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
6.0
Monitoring and Alerts
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
3.0
Multi-platform remote control
Remote Desktop Services
Oracle SGD
9.0

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.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

  • Very secure.
  • Simple layout that is easily understood by different levels of experience.
  • My company works with Linux and Windows - Oracle Secure Global Desktop easily operates on both platforms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Nathan Ziehnert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

  • Is not supported on Apple devices.
  • Support on Android - the functionality feels flimsy and the layout isn't as user friendly as I thought it would be in comparison to when it is used on a desktop platform.
  • Initially, when first using the product a year or so ago, I received a lot of complaints of random error messages. Though that problem seems to have been solved in the interim.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Nathan Alandt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Will Smothers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

Tarantella gave us a lot of issues, but with Oracle Secure Global Desktop [we got] the huge portfolio of Oracle applications from almost any browser, without the headache of application dependencies, plugins, java etc. My fellow employees like the way Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives us the "feel" of many little desktops but with one machine.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle SGD

  • Efficiency is definitely a good description. The easy to use platform allows fellow employees to move through their online apps with ease.
  • Applying new online apps is a lot easier, as we do not have to rely on a central server to pull information.
  • As our client is national, it's good to have quick, reliable cloud access to all sensitive materials without worrying about security issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Remote Desktop Services

General

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

Oracle SGD

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Remote Desktop Services
8.3
Oracle SGD
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Remote Desktop Services
6.0
Oracle SGD

Usability

Remote Desktop Services
7.0
Oracle SGD

Performance

Remote Desktop Services
5.0
Oracle SGD

Support

Remote Desktop Services
3.0
Oracle SGD

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