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If you just want to connect to the server and do work (like Linux server-workstation type), NoMachine Enterprise Desktop is great, except for the keyboard mapping issue, which you have to correct in a setup of the remote server (almost) every time you log on. The graphics are smooth and fast. Overall response speed is very good, too. I like it.
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The product has evolved over the years and has become a lot easier to use than before. Deploying Virtual Machines is quick and easy and multiple methods from ISO files to direct selection of products is possible with minimal effort. Any organization needing to test or simply do business on multiple platforms without having separate computers for each OS, will love Parallels Desktop. It is doing the same revolution for desktop computers as VMWare did for servers
Read full review Pros Secure connection Fast response over internet Really look like you are sitting in front of the machine you are connecting. Read full review File Transfer - You can easily transfer files between Parallels virtualized desktops and the host desktop either through Copy and Paste functionality, or Drag and Drop. You can also configure shared folders. Switch Between Virtual and Host Desktop - You can configure swipe gestures on a MacBook Pro to be able to switch between the virtualized and host desktop. You can also launch apps from the OS X Taskbar. Performance - Apps in Parallels run quite smoothly on my 2015 MacBook Pro, as of 2020. Considering they are running on a 5-year-old computer, I give Parallels top marks for performance. Read full review Cons Keyboard mapping between client and host is often screwed up. Cut and paste between client and host is not convenient Would be nice if there was a function of simple file transfer between client and host Read full review No update for OpenGL 3, which prevents some 3D applications from launching. The Windows-version of SketchUp is but one example. Frequent (yearly) updates which don't always bring benefits (I always skip at least one version). If you don't be careful, it generates 100s of useless Windows-application wrappers in macOS which sometimes take precedence in spotlight over the Mac apps I usually need to use (e.g. SketchUp, Excel, Word, Evernote...). More than once I launched Parallels instead of opening the native Mac app. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
The software just works. I will say the renewal process is frustrating if you are decreasing seats, but otherwise the software and the account management is simple and perfect.
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It has a good integration, including the connection of peripherals. Taking files back and forth works well and I can attach my Home drive as a network drive in Windows. There is even integration with iCloud and other macOS services. There are also a few different display modes which are useful and fleixible (coherence, windowed, full-screen with multiple screens)
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I haven't consulted with customer support, so I don't have an opinion. However, from the usefulness of the product, I think the support is also good
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We have had rare occasions to contact support about the product. Most questions were easily answered from the knowledge base. When we have had to contact support they were able to provide us with a couple of different solutions and enough resources about how to accomplish said solutions that solving the problem was easy enough.
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The only advice I can provide is think about who is using the product and build the image based on the true needs of the user.
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Again, the NoMachine is a real virtual terminal, and you don't need to install another Linux on your machine to fully exploit the X-terminal function. This makes the disk and memory usage of the client minimum. No issue on the screen. It is really good.
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Parallels offers a much more streamlined and easier to navigate VM configuration interface. Once configured, device compatibility and overall system efficiency appears to be better in Parallels Desktop compared to others. Integration between the Mac host OS and the VM is virtually seamless whether you are just sharing files between the two operating systems or utilizing full-on Coherence mode.
Read full review Return on Investment It makes the access to server much easier and convenient Connection is very stable, which makes works very efficient I don't need to reboot my Windows PC to switch to Linux in order to fully exploit the working environment of the server. No negative impact Read full review Clearly much cheaper than purchasing a 2nd machine to run Windows on Allows me to work faster with out have to move files from a machine/Drive to another Annual subscription model is a bit cumbersome to renew - would rather just pay a one time flat fee Read full review ScreenShots