As you know Remote Desktop Manager is available in two editions: Free and Enterprise. However, some of you might not be fully aware of the different features they offer and you might be wondering, do I really need to pay for something that offers a free alternative?
The best way to approach this is by answering a simple question: Do you need to use RDM as an individual user, or do you need it to support your team?
RDM tries to provide a great free tool for individuals that needs to remotely manage multiple machines and servers using multiple technologies. If that’s your case, then Remote Desktop Manager Free is perfect for you.
On the other hand, RDM Enterprise target teams, which most often means businesses, so every feature that we felt targeted multiple users in a team environment has been included in RDM Enterprise.
Here is a comparison table of our most popular features supported in RDM Enterprise, Free or in both.
|Remote connection types (RDP, VNC, SSH, ARD, etc…)||X||X|
|Management Console (Azure, AWS, VMware, Hyper-V, etc…)||X||X|
|Web browser integration||X||X|
|Export information and entries||X||X|
|Import from other application (mRemote, Terminals, ASG, etc…)||X||X|
|Security and user management||X|
|Integrate with existing password managers||X|
|Credentials and VPN links||X|
|Automatically connect and hide password from users||X|
|Password analyzer with weak password notification||X|
|Version and Password history||X|
|Logs and reports||X|
|PowerShell CmdLets scripting||X|
Obviously, RDM Enterprise has more features and functions than RDM Free, which makes sense – one is available for purchase, and one is available for free.
However, unlike some companies in the IT solution space whose “free” edition is tediously restrictive and virtually useless, RDM Free is fully functional. We want as many people in the world as possible using RDM, and that’s why since day one we’ve always made sure that RDM Free (which used to be called RDM Standard) is a true business tool. We don’t use it to push you into buying a license. If you’re happy with the Free edition, great! Keep using it and spread the word!
Again, it all comes down to individuals and teams. If you’re an individual user, there’s a good chance that RDM Free is what you need. And if you’re part of a team, then RDM Enterprise is the way to go.
And we’re constantly adding new features – so whether you’re using RDM Free or RDM Enterprise, if there’s something you want us to change, let us know! If there’s a features that you wish could be in the Free version, don’t be afraid to ask, we might just add it! We’re always listening, and most of our upgrades are inspired by our amazing community of IT pros.
As always, please let us know your thoughts by using the comment feature of the blog. You can also visit our forums to get help and submit feature requests, you can find them here.