VM, RDP or Parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ivanwi11iams, May 16, 2016.

  1. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    Curious, looking to see what everyone's take is on this.
    I work in I.T. and from time to time, I'm sure I'll need to connect to a Windows Server, or merely RDP to a Windows computer.

    For those of you that are 'into' this, do you:
    - merely RDP into the computer of choice
    - dual boot your Mac, for Windows and Mac OS
    - use the likes of Parallels, and use a VM or sorts

    Looking forward to your replies.
  2. droo macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I just use the MS RDP client and RDP to what I need to.

    Sometime I run VM's with VMWare Fusion.

  3. ajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2013
    I usually use a dual boot, but if i'm running low on space I switch back to a VM in Parallels.
  4. ivanwi11iams thread starter Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
  5. argentum47 macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2014
    I use both RDP and VM regularly. Nothing stops you from using both :p
  6. sarthak macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    It depends on what your priorities are.

    For development:
    I run Windows Server 2008 R2 Web inside of VMWare Fusion on OS X. The "performance per watt" is excellent as the machine runs quite silent compared to running Windows 7 and far more so than Windows 10.

    Development in BootCamp:
    Running Windows natively inside of Boot Camp is inherently restrictive as you can't run any OS X software. I have not found any significant benefit over using a VM unless you need to run 3D applications.

    For testing:
    Use Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to connect to another machine running Windows Server. I would not use this for much more than testing/deployment as there is lag over the network, except iff you're hard wire a bridge directly to the machine. I don't think remotely connecting to a Windows system via Windows in Boot Camp will make a difference and if you try it via VM, the performance will be even worse.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    OS X has a nice RDP client - CoRD

    If I'm going to be spending a lot of time accessing servers, though I typically boot into Windows via bootcamp. I find the experience that much better over Vmware. In fact, I've hardly used Vmware at this point.
  8. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Bootcamp: If I need to run something that requires a lot of power
    Virtualbox: If I just need MS Office or something simple
    RDP: I use to use this before I set up virtualbox. Drains less battery, but you can't use it as easily outside your LAN.
  9. andeify macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2012
    I use the app Screens from the app store, its quite expensive but its very nice to use. It allows me to connect remotely to Windows' and Mac's.

    I also use VMware Fusion from time to time, I find it just as fast as parallels but again nicer to use.
  10. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    to remote in to all workstations I use Splashtop Business. I have this installed on my laptop, phone, desktop and works great for me.
    If I'm running my own Windows I use VMWare Fusion 8 Pro. My wife uses Parallels but will probably switch to VMWare at some point. I usually only ever need to run Windows for a short amount of time and not interrupt anyone else by remoting in. Or test out new software to check if it should run reliably in our setup.
  11. CatBookPro macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2008
    Salem, MA
    If all you need is to RDP into work servers, then I'd just use the MS RDP for the Mac...

    For me? I RDP into the work servers, but I also do stuff locally in Windows 10. As far as VM vs. Bootcamp? If you have enough RAM to run a VM and do everything you need to... then a VM of Windows on the Mac OS should do the trick. For me? I have an rMB with only 8GB of RAM - And... I need to run a couple of Windows OS's virtualized. So, I chose to do a Bootcamp / Window 10 (to get what I needed for the core Windows junk), and anything else (testing VMs, etc.) - I run under a VM.

    I guess it depends on your needs though...
  12. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I remote into a lot of servers/desktops for work
    On the Mac I prefer to use Royal TSX
    I have found it to be the fastest experience, much faster than Windows alternatives
  13. CatBookPro macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2008
    Salem, MA
    Just checked it out - totally awesome! I've been so busy, I haven't kept tabs on the best RDP clients for the Mac...

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