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.

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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.

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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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