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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Remote Administration

    VMware Workstation Player

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    VNC Connect

    79%
    VNC Connect ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Screen sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6
    96%
    26 Ratings

    File transfer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings

    Instant message

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    17 Ratings

    Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings

    Access to sleeping/powered-off computers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    9 Ratings

    Over-the-Internet remote session

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    29 Ratings

    Initiate remote control from mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    17 Ratings

    Remote management of servers & workstations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.7
    47%
    6 Ratings

    Centralized management dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Session record

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Annotations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.3
    53%
    6 Ratings

    Monitoring and Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    3 Ratings

    Multi-platform remote control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    9 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • VMware Workstation Player is rated higher in 2 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • VNC Connect is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • VMware Workstation Player and VNC Connect are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.6

    VMware Workstation Player

    76%
    9 Ratings
    9.0

    VNC Connect

    90%
    36 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    VNC Connect

    80%
    8 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    80%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    VNC Connect

    80%
    3 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    2 Ratings

    VNC Connect

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    VNC Connect

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    VNC Connect

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    100%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    VNC Connect

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    1 Rating

    VNC Connect

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    VMware

    VMware will work great for the following test scenarios:
    • Testing windows updates on a system
    • Testing a new software or a new software version
    • Creating a sandbox to test options/features of an OS
    • Creating different VM to test a software on different OS without the need to have physical machines for all of them
    You can also use it as a "player" only where you have that static VM that you run from time to time as with my use for SAS University. Whenever you need to use the software, you simply start that VM.
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    RealVNC

    It is very easy to use if the remote device is already set up to receive connections, so if you are setting up devices before deploying them, it is a great tool to have. It is well-suited to use when shadowing users or using it as a teaching tool. There are other products that are better if you are trying to help someone on a one-use basis.
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    Pros

    VMware

    • VMware Player is easy to use.
    • VMware Player supports a wide variety operating systems.
    • Unity mode makes it easy for the end user to utilize needed legacy applications while maintaining their familiar Host OS desktop. It's seamless to the point where the end user doesn't know they're running applications from a VM.
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    RealVNC

    • VNC Connect does an excellent job in remotely connecting to a computer through either your local area network or even another computer on the internet. As long as the VNC Connect services is installed and the client is running in the background.
    • VNC Connect provides password protection to prevent unauthorized users from attempting to remotely access your computer. There's an option to have a separate password to remotely view vs view & access a computer. You can even add an additional level of security by turning on the feature to require Windows login credentials.
    • VNC Connect provides an additional set of controls after a remote connection has been established with another computer. You can have special keystrokes like Ctrl+Alt+Del sent as a command sequence to the other computer as well as access more than a single screen when in use at the remote computer location.
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    Cons

    VMware

    • Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.
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    RealVNC

    • 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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    Pricing Details

    VMware Workstation Player

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Workstation Player editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      VNC Connect

      Starting Price

      $3.39 per remote computer per month

      Editions & Modules

      VNC Connect editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Professional - Device Access$3.391
      Enterprise - Device Access$4.592
      Enterprise - Instant Support$33.493
      Professional - Instant Support$16.994

      Footnotes

      1. per remote computer per month
      2. per remote computer per month
      3. per named technician per month
      4. per named technician per month

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      VMware

      I give a rating of 8 because VMware Player has its use cases, for example it requires the host OS to be logged in, and the VMware Player application to be opened and the Guest VM started. Only one VM can run at a time. I'd give a 9/10 to VMware Workstation because you can run shared VMs at startup without logging in or starting the workstation application. and i'd give ESX a 10/10 because ESX is the leader in enterprise visualization.
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      RealVNC

      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

      VMware

      Great product. Its user-friendly GUI and overall performance are really the biggest strength of this tool. The reason why I don't give a higher note is because of the price. Although it's decent (starting at around $200 for a license), there is a good free alternative in VirtualBox. Not everyone values friendly GUI as something worth paying for. For people that are more tech-savvy, I would recommend looking into VirtualBox as they might actually like the model better (with downloadable add-ons and packages).
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      RealVNC

      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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      Performance

      VMware

      Integration isn't really relevant here but I see this question more as an OS compatibility for the VM. They state that they support over 200 different OS versions. I honestly have never tried anything else other than Ubuntu and Windows myself but nonetheless, this is impressive. I have not hit any limitation in my use of this software in terms of limitation or conflicts with other software.
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      RealVNC

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      VMware

      VMware support is very knowledgeable on their products, eveything from AirWatch to ESX clusters. VMware is easy to contact, they stay in touch and see the issue through to the end and a final resolution. They keep you up to date on your issue status and don't leave you waiting for answers.
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      RealVNC

      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

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      RealVNC

      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 Rating

      VMware

      Installing the application was easily completed on the twenty computers that needed VMware Player. Once those 20 users were configured we copied our virtual machine template to the 20 users and turned on their newly provisioned virtual machines. We then configured unity mode so the user could easily work from within the virtual machine from their host desktop.
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      RealVNC

      No problem at all, love the product.
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      Alternatives Considered

      VMware

      Both free, VMware supports USB 3.0 while VirtualBox does not. VMware supports nested hardware-assisted virtualization while VirtualBox does not.
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      RealVNC

      VNC is light and sleek with the quick setup, was impressed with the quick setup despite poor Internet connection outdoor. TeamViewer is good, but the pricing is not as good as VNC. Both do the basic job, but VNC still outperform TeamViewer in terms of performance and ease of use.
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      Return on Investment

      VMware

      • A positive impact is that it require little to no funding to use.
      • Negative impact is that because it is free it can be hard to get support.
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      RealVNC

      • I have just used the software for about 1 month and so far so god. I am saving time whenever I can access my client's computers from my desk as opposed to having to leave my office to go to their offices. Saves me time and the client money.
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