NetMan Desktop Manager — A comparison

Comparison of products: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server with and without NetMan Desktop Manager 5.

Management WS 2008 TS (R2) WS 2008 TS + NDM
RemoteApps
with user and policy profiles
Published content
Windows application on Linux
Windows application on macOS
Session-based load balancing
Server farm-based load balancing
CPU-based load balancing
Memory-based load balancing
Built-in failover/high availability solutions
Server weighting for load balancing
Maximized availability in load balancing
only R2
Microsoft-cluster ready
Session sharing
Universal printer driver
XP (SP2 or later), Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Dynamic Internet filter
Support for Windows Clients
Vista, 7
1 1
Support for Mac and Linux Clients
Support for thin clients
via MS RDP
2 2
Support for anonymous users
Access control for anonymous users
Time-dependent access control
Policies based on users/user groups
Policies based on stations/station groups
User environment management
Configuration of applications at run-time
Integrated CD/DVD support (Virtual CD)
Licensing model per device, per user per device, per user
Supported protocol RDP v6/v7 RDP v5.2/v6/v7, NDM-RDA, ICA
Static printer bandwidth management
Dynamic printer bandwidth management

1 Windows 2000 or later, Webfrontend Windows 98 or later.
2 Via Java-Client

Usability WS 2008 TS (R2) WS 2008 TS + NDM
Seamless Windows
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Integration of application in the desktop/Start menu
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Start menu entries based on stations rights
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Start menu entries based on user rights
Win 2000 or later
Dynamic icons on the user desktop
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Desktop icons based on station rights
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Desktop icons based on user rights
Win 2000 or later
Web frontend (Browser as launch pad)
XP, Vista, 7

Win 2000 or later
Pass-through authentification (single sign-on)
XP, Vista, 7

Win 98 or later, Linux, Mac OS
Dynamic content redirection
Reverse content redirection
Advanced multi monitor support
Security WS 2008 TS (R2) WS 2008 TS + NDM
SSL-encryption (web frontend)
Two-factor authentication
RDP-ticketing
Access control for client drives
Access control for terminal server
Flexible application control on the end-user terminal
Internet-filter, server-side
Internet-filter, client-side
Web frontend WS 2008 TS (R2) WS 2008 TS + NDM
Support for Windows Vista, 7
Support for Windows 98, NT4, 2000, XP
Support for Linux, macOS, etc. 3 3
Proxy support
Compatibility with IE7 / IE8 / IE9
Compatibility with IE6, Firefox, Netscape, Opera etc.

3 Requires Java Runtime 1.5 or higher.

Monitoring & Reporting WS 2008 TS (R2) WS 2008 TS + NDM
Application license management, server-side
Application license management, client-side
Application license queue
Applikation timeout
Application license monitoring, with reporting
Server monitor (real time)
Station monitor (real time)
Diagnostics monitor (real time)
Helpdesk (Remote start, session mirroring, diagnostics, tracing)
limited
Configurable server event logging
Detailed usage statistics
Logging of blocked processes