Microsoft's RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) supports multi user/session remote access, where every remote client has their individual desktop session of the host system, so that each client can work independently without interfering others (This is what I want)

Alternatives such as TeamViewer, VNC variants, etc do not support this (multi user/session) feature, and only support screen-sharing (which is good for remote assistance, but this is not what I want)

Please do correct me if I am wrong anywhere in above 2 statements

My Question is "Is there an alternative to Microsoft's RDP with multi user/session remote access"

PS: I am asking this question in the context of Windows-only environment (both for client & host), not linux or Mac

  • With VNC every client has an individual session (at least on Linux), but AFAIK you must start the session manually on the server... – wb9688 Jan 18 '16 at 18:55
  • Have you looked at Citrix ? It was the basis for Terminal Services. – Rohit Gupta Jan 19 '16 at 2:09
  • IMHO Windows 7 supports only 1 user and the server versions can have multiple sessions at once. At least for the officially supported version. You can enable multiple sessions at your own risk, though. – Thomas Weller Jan 19 '16 at 20:22

You can use FreeRDP, which is a free remote desktop protocol library and clients. Check out the GitHub page.

Install via Brew: brew install freerdp.

If it doesn't support the feature you need, you may create a new feature request.

Way late to this party, but NComputing's vSpace Pro does exactly what you're looking for - multiple virtual sessions on 1 server that are independent of one another. They all use the same base OS and application set, but each user is independent.

Before Windows had RDP, Citrix was THE remote desktop (or application) leader - https://www.citrix.com/digital-workspace/virtualization-mobile-productivity.html

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