Parallels Remote Application Server

Parallels RAS

Remote Application Delivery and VDI can be complex and expensive—unless you are one of the thousands of businesses that use Parallels RAS to remotely deliver applications and desktops to their employees.

Easy to Use, Flexible, and Secure

Parallels RAS is a cost-effective application delivery and VDI solution, that allows your employees to access and use applications, desktops and data from any device. Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain, Parallels RAS provides organizations with a seamless application delivery and VDI experience while reducing TCO and improving security.

High-Performance UX

Parallels RAS clients provide a high-performance, intuitive and productive user experience on any device including HTML5 browser, iOS and Android. Parallels RAS delivers applications and desktops with a local-like experience regardless the device, location and connection. Learn More

Flexible Deployment

Parallels RAS supports on-premise, hybrid and cloud deployments, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services™ (AWS). Enable your organization to be more agile with a flexible architecture that supports RDSH on Windows Server (2003R2, 2008, 2012, and 2016) and VDI with Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer), VMware ESXi, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), Scale Computing HC3, and KVM. Learn More

Secure

Deploying Parallels RAS reduces the risk of data loss and malicious activity by preventing access to applications and data based on location, device and configurable Client Policies. Moreover, Parallels RAS supports FIPS 140-2 encryption and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) such as Deepnet, Safenet and Radius enabling organizations to adhere to data compliance policies such as PCI DSS, HIPAA and GDPR. Learn More

Seamless End User Experience

Deliver applications, desktops, and data to any user, regardless of operating system or device. Parallels Client is available for Windows, Linux, Mac®, iOS, Android, Thin Client, Chromebook™, Raspberry Pi and any HTML5 web browser. Service Provider organizations such as MSPs and ISVs can brand Parallels Client for Windows and HTML5. On-the-go access allows employees to be as productive as if they were working from the office.

Application & Desktop delivery

IT administrators can effortlessly publish and manage wide range of applications and desktop types with intuitive Publishing wizard. Parallels RAS extends application portability, by integrating with TURBO.NET and Microsoft APP-V containerization technologies solving Windows OS compatibility issues and allowing applications to run on any Windows Server edition. Learn More

Web-access from Any Device

Parallels HTML5 Client provides rich workspace experience including support for local peripherals, file drag & drop capabilities, and shared clipboard. Employees can continue working on the active applications and desktops even if they switch network or location. Learn More

Extending Hardware Refresh Cycle

Transform any underpowered legacy device into a full workstation while keeping all of the local peripherals—printers, scanners, smart card readers, and others—available at employees’ fingertips. Automatically enable users to print locally from a PC, Mac, or Raspberry Pi; Linux, Chrome OS, iOS or Android devices; or even via any HTML5 browser. Learn More

Technology Agility

rallels RAS flexible and scalable architecture enables organizations to quickly adapt to the continuous workplace changes and demands for new applications or desktop types.

Effortless VDI

Parallels RAS offers powerful and flexible yet easy to implement Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Provide access and a consistent experience to virtual desktops, applications, and virtual machines from any major hypervisor to any user on any device. The ability to flexible manage VM templates, allows almost instant provision of virtual desktops or published applications to the end users. Learn More

Automation with PowerShell API

The Parallels RAS PowerShell API enables administrators to automate complex and repetitive tasks with PowerShell cmdlets with the corresponding parameters. IT administrator can automate provisioning of any Parallels RAS components from on premise servers to cloud infrastructure (Microsoft Azure, AWS). Scriptable notifications allow the IT staff to define PowerShell based event handlers that react to the changes in a Parallels RAS deployment. Learn More

Auto-scaling

Parallels RAS can dynamically create, remove, release, and load balance Windows Servers based on pre-defined criteria. Sudden load-spikes can be easily managed without any manual action from IT staff. Learn More

Straight-forward Management

Parallels RAS Console provides a single pane of glass for IT to easily manage, and scale the complete infrastructure. Traffic light indicators provide instant snapshots on the health of each component.

Easy Migration

Migration from 3rd part solutions such as Citrix XenApp, VMware Horizon, or Dell vWorkspace is easy, straightforward, and interruption-free for employees. 
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Monitoring and Reporting

The Parallels RAS monitoring and reporting service transforms raw data into visual reports that can show traffic and resource usage from Microsoft RDSHand VDI. These reports can assist in future development of the organization infrastructure. Unlike other solutions, this feature is available with a standard license with no additional cost. Learn More

Pervasive Security

Parallels RAS contributes to securing corporate assets from data leakage and malicious activity with highly granular permission policies, combined with SSL and FIPS 140-2 encryption as well as multi-factor and smart card authentication.

Advanced Access Control

Prevent unauthorized remote access to confidential network information through advanced access control. Organizations can restrict access to sensitive material based on user, Active Directory group, MAC address, IP address, and location. With more granular privilege settings, users are only authorized to access certain levels of data. Learn More

Multi-factor Authentication

Add another layer of security with two-factor authentication. To access the published resources list, IT administrators can require users to authenticate through two-factor or smart card authentication. Parallels RAS integrates with third-party security solutions such as DualShield, SafeNet, RADIUS server and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
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Granular Client Policies

Parallels RAS Client Policies allow you to secure corporate data by enforcing policies based on a specific user, an Active Directory group, or even by the end user’s device. Therefore, end users may find their control settings within the Parallels Client pre-defined by their administrator. These settings may include connection, printing, and clipboard settings, just to mention a few. Learn More

What’s New in Parallels RAS v16.5

Version 16.5 streamlines the deployment and management of your farm with auto-provisioned RDS hosts, Microsoft APP-V integration, and Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK.

Parallels RAS 16.5.3 supports Scale Computing’s HC3, a new hyperconverged infrastructure solution that combines compute, storage, virtualization, backup, and disaster recovery in a single appliance.

KVM-Based Hypervisor

HC3 uses Scale Computing’s own KVM-based hypervisor, positioning itself as a cost-effective, easy-to-use hyperconverged solution—qualities that perfectly match those of Parallels RAS.

This new capability essentially allows Parallels RAS to spin up and manage VMs through Scale Computing HC3 API.

Parallels is planning to extend and enrich the Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) platform to enable organizations to:

  • Unify their desktop and application delivery infrastructure.
  • Workloads both within and outside WVD can be managed and maintained via Parallels RAS.

Improve IT Management

  • Provide more functionality for IT admins through the Parallels RAS Console.
  • Manage, maintain, and monitor the entire infrastructure from a single console.

Extend WVD Capabilities

(particularly in deployment scenarios)

Bring together WVD workloads (such as Windows 10 on Azure and extended Windows 7 support) with workloads from other clouds, including multi-clouds or hybrid clouds.

Accelerate Cloud Migrations & Adoption

Through its ability to support multi-cloud deployments, Parallels RAS will allow customers to combine the strengths of traditional deployments and WVD to accelerate cloud migrations and adoptions.

Version 16.5.3 of Parallels RAS introduces a new administrative account level, Custom Administrator. This new level is in addition to the Root Administrator and Site Administrator.

 

Delegated Session Management

Implementing a Custom Administrator account allows IT to restrict the session management for specific user groups, providing simplified session management while increasing security.

 

This feature provides Citrix users a great alternative, at a fraction of the cost. It keeps infrastructure intact without extra resource requirements or complex configurations.

 

Straightforward VDI Deployment

In version 16.5.3, the Parallels RAS VDI Agent is included with the installation of the Publishing Agent (PA), and it can also be installed as a separate component. The new architecture simplifies the deployment and the management of the VDI hosts, allowing you to administer multiple VDI hosts through a single VDI agent. (Before, the ratio was one-to-one.)

Parallels RDSH Template Cloning

The Parallels RAS Template is re-designed to allow for RDSH template cloning. IT administrators are now able to deploy RDSH servers automatically using the RDSH Template function. Moreover, organizations are able to regulate the load on the Parallels RAS Farm dynamically by creating, removing, or employing RDSH servers on demand, automatically.
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  • Site View

    The Site Info tab has been modified to offer an interactive dashboard that provides an overview of the site components' status, quickly recognizable by colored boxes. A traffic-light color code (green, orange, and red) is configurable based on parameters such as CPU usage, users, and Publishing Agent (PA) status. Visible at an individual or group level, the colored boxes provide an immediate understanding of the health of the site component. For example, if an Agent component value is not in the green range, the whole group will become red. Additionally, the Designer tab has been moved from the menu (located on the left side) to the Site tab.

 

  • Centralized Management

    The Parallels RAS Agents on multiple servers can now be updated through the Parallels RAS Console by either group, separately or all together in a single window.

 

  • Revert Changes

    Version 16.5.3 introduces the ability to revert changes made in the farm. IT admins can now scroll through the event log and are able to view any change made in the farm and revert it to a previous state. Filters can be applied on the list to make it easier to find.

More performance counters—such as the grace period, CPU usage, and more—have been added to trigger notification messages. In addition, you can now execute a custom script when a configured value is outside the predefined range.

In version 16.5.3, we have implemented new commands to enable IT administrators to perform a complete installation and/or configuration of a Parallels RAS Farm from the PowerShell API.

 

PowerShell Addition

Parallels RAS deployments and updates can be automated using PowerShell scripts, including installation, settings, and updates. Most of the essential functions can be performed via the PowerShell API by using PowerShell cmdlets with the corresponding parameters.

The new design of Parallels Client for iOS and Android provides users with a modern and productive UX while delivering intuitive and quick access to remote applications and desktops.

 

Quick Local Screen Zoom (iOS and Android)

By double tapping in the lower part of the Dumbo mouse located on the client screen, users can zoom in or out. Users can now quickly zoom in and out by just tapping on the screen of their device.

Keyboard Handling Improvements (iOS and Android)

While the user is working in a file or document with text input, we added the ability to pin and unpin the keyboard on the screen. This is useful when the user wants the keyboard to stay pinned on the device screen even without active input. In addition, a new button is implemented on the Parallels Client for a mobile device's keyboard. When clicked, it opens a text box to allow the user to enter text and then send the whole string to the application running on the remote server. This is handy on a slow connection or on a small phone screen, since it is more convenient to edit a sentence locally on the device.

Automatic Session Logoff and Time-out (iOS and Android)

The session time-out configured on the Parallels RAS Console will now also apply to mobile client. Organizations can now avoid having forgotten or inactive logins on the farm, which reserve resources for no reason.

The Parallels HTML5 Client has been re-designed and optimized to offer a dynamic, modern, and web-based workspace. Version 16.5.3 improves the web-based UX by allowing employees to run simultaneously applications and desktops in tabs or in windows mode for a desktop-like experience. Applications running in windows mode can be minimized, and the active ones will be marked in the task bar. Client Policy is now applicable to Parallels HTML5 Client, reducing the risk of data leakage and malicious attacks.

 

Session Persistency

The Parallels HTML5 Client sessions can now be persistent to a specific user by the usage of an HTTP cookie. Session persistence refers to directing a client's requests to the publishing server for the duration of a “session” or the time it takes to complete a task or transaction. The HTTP cookie will allow the session to be persistent, enabling the user to connect from a different network with a different IP address and continue working on the session.

Application Grouping

In version 16.5.3, we improved the UX by enabling users to either group multiple instances of the same application into a single icon or display them separately on the session task bar like the Windows10 taskbar feature.

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop functionality has been added to the Parallels HTML5 Client. This feature will enable users to easily transfer files between the local device and the Parallels HTML5 Client session.

Application Handling in Tabs

Published applications and desktops can now be opened either in a single browser tab with a session task bar or in a new tab, improving users' productivity with a native-like web browser experience.

 

Customization

Customization capabilities have been added to the Parallels Client for Windows. Organizations are now able to change the default logo and color theme to customize the user experience.
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Password Policy

The corporate password policy requirements are now visible in the Parallels Client, simplifying password updates and changes. When users change their domain passwords, they are presented with the password requirements for their user account. This allows them to easily come up with a password that complies with the password policy.

 

In version 16.5.3, the Client policies are split down in 14 groups with more detailed options. The policies are re-designed to provide more in-depth control over users' access on the farm, enabling IT administrators to restrict or allow access and set specific settings, securing corporate data on the farm. Learn More

 

 
  • Connection (Primary connection, Secondary connection, Reconnection, Computer name, Advanced settings)
  • Display (Settings, Multi-monitor, Published applications, Desktop options, HTML5)
  • Printing
  • Scanning
  • Audio playback
  • Keyboard
  • Local devices and resources (Clipboard, Disk drives, Devices, Ports, Smart cards, File transfer)
  • Experience (Performance, Compression)
  • Network
  • Server authentication
  • Advanced (Session advanced settings)
  • Client options (Connection, Update, PC keyboard, Single sign-on)
  • Advanced (Global, Language, Printing, Windows client)
  • Control settings (Connections, Password, Import and Export)
  • Redirection

FIPS 140-2 Compliance

Parallels RAS 16.5.3 now supports FIPS 140-2 encryption, enabling organizations to adhere to data compliance regulations. FIPS 140-2 is mainly used in the United States for regulated industries such as financial and healthcare institutions.

Streamlined Multifactor Authentication

Version 16.5.3 makes it easy to configure multifactor authentication (MFA) via RADIUS for Microsoft Azure MFA, Duo, and FortiAuthenticator. Azure MFA is now natively supported by Parallels RAS, helping to increase data security and reducing the risk of unwanted data access.

More Parallels RAS Counters

More counters have been added for a deeper overview of the Parallels RAS site performance. Those counters are exposed to the system's performance, so they can be used by the Parallels RAS Performance Monitor and other third-party performance monitoring solutions.

Performance Monitor

Parallels RAS Performance Monitor is a lightweight web-based application that allows administrators to gain real-time insights into key performance metrics for Parallels RAS and Windows server-hosting Parallels RAS components. The new counters are added to Parallels RAS Performance Monitor.

 

Parallels RAS v16.5.3 introduces integration with Microsoft App-V, allowing administrators to publish packaged applications. This reduces the need to remediate application conflicts that rely on App-V separation and isolation capabilities to run applications on the operating systems. Application updates can be delivered from a central location, streaming the delivery directly to the servers. In addition, App-V’s structure RDS CALs are automatically included in the license; no separate license for RDS CALs is required. Learn More

 

 

Features

 

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) can publish a wide range of resources—such as applications, desktops, physicals PCs, folders, and data—to any user on any device.

 

Technical Flexibility

Parallels RAS enables organizations to simply deploy and manage application and desktop delivery in a variety of environments, ensuring seamless service delivery and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO). Compatibility with Windows Server 2003 R2 up to 2016 ensures access to Windows applications—even legacy ones—from anywhere. Enable your organization to be more agile with a flexible architecture that supports RDSH, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer), VMware ESXi, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), Scale Computing HC3, and KVM.

 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Parallels RAS makes VDI quick, easy, and affordable. It enables organizations to deliver fully functioning virtual Windows desktops and applications that employees need. Parallels RAS allows users to be productive a nywhere by providing a Windows desktop–like experience on any device. The latest version adds significant enhancements to VDI capabilities, now supporting even more hypervisors, including Nutanix Acropolis and HPE.
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Remote desktop services (RDS)

Parallels RAS streamlines the deployment and management of Microsoft RDSH, enabling administrators to quickly publish applications and desktops through Parallels RAS Console tools. Overcome the limitations of Microsoft RDSH and securely deliver Windows applications and desktops with a local-like experience to any device, including mobile and web browsers.
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Remote PC and hosted desktop infrastructure (HDI)

Parallels RAS enables administrators to provide users with access to their PC remotely when they require full administrative permissions on the move. Empower your employees to access and work on their PC from any device, regardless of the PC's physical location. Moreover, Parallels RAS allows administrators to easily deliver dedicated remote PCs from an HDI, such as HPE Moonshot System and Atrust Remote PC Array.
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Turbo.net containerization

Parallels RAS integrates with Turbo.net containerization technology, allowing IT administrators to package applications and their dependencies into a sandboxed container. This eliminates installations, conflicts, runtime errors, missing dependencies, and legacy-compatibility issues as the applications can run on any Windows server, no matter the underlying OS. One of the major benefits is the capability to run multiple versions of the same application from the same server.
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Microsoft App-V

Parallels RAS integrates with Microsoft App-V, allowing administrators to publish packaged applications and reducing the need to remediate application conflicts while running applications on the operating systems. Application updates can be delivered from a central location, streaming the delivery directly to the servers. In addition, the use of App-V’s structure RDS CALs is automatically included in the license; no separate license for RDS CALs is required.
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Access Windows Applications, Desktops, or Data on Any Device

Parallels Client is a lightweight software that allows end users to work with applications and desktops published with Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS). With Parallels Client, users can securely access remote applications and desktops from Windows, Linux, Mac®, iOS, Android, Google Chromebook, Raspberry Pi, and any HTML5 web browser.

 

 

Easy Deployment

Quickly enroll new users to access published applications and desktops with a single click on the autoconfiguration link. All Parallels Client settings such as printing, network, and clipboard can be centrally configured on a group basis with the Parallels RAS Client Policies.

High Performance

Parallels Client is a native application that equips employees with a seamless experience wherever they are, regardless of the connection or device they use. Improve applications' performance with built-in Parallels RAS load balancing. Parallels RAS incorporates RemoteFX graphical enhancements, delivering a superior graphics experience for employees.

Seamless UX

Parallels Client provides a local workspace–like experience on any device, keeping employees' productivity high no matter the device they use. Enable employees on the move to use the native touch gestures they know—swipe, drag, tap to click, zoom in—with any Windows application on their mobile devices.

 

 

Mobile – Parallels Client for iOS and Android

Seamless navigation

Select text or graphics with one finger, and easily drag and drop them for a seamless interactive experience. Create custom keyboard shortcuts for frequently used operations to increase productivity. Use native controls and copy and paste between remote applications—or even between remote applications and local apps on your device.
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Secure

Employees can secure the Parallels Client by adding Touch ID® or a passcode to open the application.

Password complexity

Password-complexity requirements will be visible to users trying to change or create a new password for their account, providing an easier and more user-friendly experience.

Mobile printing

Through the Printing Redirection technology of Parallels Client, iOS and Android devices can be used to print locally.

Full-screen applications

Applications are adapted to fit the entire screen and be displayed in fine detail, making it easier to interact with them. Choose either optimal readability with larger text and images, or more information with smaller text and greater detail.

Choose your mouse mode

Parallels Client has embedded three different mouse modes—Touch Mode, Dumbo Mouse, and Pointer—to match different users' requirements while working from smartphones and tablets. Moreover, iOS users can control their published applications and desktops with Swiftpoint GT Mouse, further increasing their productivity on the go.

 

 

Web Access – Parallels HTML5 Client

Effortlessly work with Windows applications and desktops from any HTML5 web browser, gaining immediate access without any installation. Set up instant web access with one click in the Parallels RAS Console, allowing employees to work productively from anywhere.
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Drag and drop

Parallels HTML5 Client allows users to drag a file stored locally on the device and drop it on either a specific application or a server-based desktop, further improving the UX and reducing the gap between the virtual and local workspace experience.

Parallels Client for Chrome OS

Parallels Client for Chrome OS™ creates a dynamic, web-based workspace by allowing employees to simultaneously run their Windows-based, Google, and SaaS applications. Parallels Client allows employees with Chrome OS to seamlessly access any Windows line-of-business (LOB) applications, desktops, and data over any network, while at the same time improving security and reducing endpoint management and maintenance costs.
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Customization

Parallels Client for HTML5 web browsers and Windows devices includes customization capabilities, allowing organizations to update the user interface with their branding and color scheme. Ideal for managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs), this feature enables businesses to offer customers a personalized look and feel. Different themes can be configured for individual users and groups within the active directory to reflect different departments within an organization.
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Thin Client

Parallels Client works seamlessly with the major thin clients, including IGEL Technology, HP, 10ZiG, Atrust, Centerm, and VXL. Parallels Client has been developed in collaboration with each thin-client vendor to ensure an optimized user experience. It allows users to have a local desktop–like experience, with instant access to published applications, desktops, and data.
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Centerm Thin Client
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Parallels RAS Client Policies

Parallels RAS Client Policies allow central configuration of the Parallels Client settings. A client policy is a set of rules defined by the administrator to manage, control, and restrict the settings options available to the users.
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Parallels Client

Enforcing client policies

Parallels RAS Client Policy allows administrators to secure corporate data by enforcing policies based on a specific user, an Active Directory group, or even by the end user’s device. IT staff can predefine and lock a users' control settings within Parallels Client, including connection, Printing, and network settings, just to mention a few.

 

 

Managing Windows Client

The Parallels RAS Client Manager module allows administrators to convert Windows devices running Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 into a secure Kiosk-like mode without replacing the operating system. Administrators can centrally manage functions such as Power Off, Reboot, and Shadow.
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Kiosk mode

The Kiosk mode option limits users from changing system settings or installing new applications. Users can open applications only from Parallels Client, providing the administrator with a higher level of control over connected devices.

Shadow a Windows device

Shadow a Windows device to gain access to the full desktop and control applications running locally on the system, as well as any remote applications published from Parallels RAS.

Parallels Client

Parallels RAS and Device Redirection

IT staff are often overwhelmed by the numerous helpdesk requests to troubleshoot issues related to local services such as printing and audio on published resources. Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) reduces IT staff workload by providing an out-of-the box, easy-to-manage, and maintenance-free local device redirection.

Provide employees with a seamless experience on published application and desktop, enabling the use of local services such as printing, scanning, audio, USB, drives, and email. For instance, users can make a server-hosted Skype call using their own headset, or work on local files through server-hosted applications.

 

Universal Printing Redirection

Device Redirection

Parallels RAS Universal Printing enables users to print on the local client while connected to RDSH or hypervisors such as Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware EXSi.

Ready out of the box and easy to use, Parallels RAS Universal Printing increases printing performance and response time when employees use local printers with server-based desktops or virtual applications. Clients can print directly to their local printers from the session without any extra configurations.
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Universal Scanning Redirection

Device Redirection

Parallels RAS Universal Scanning redirection enables users on Parallels Client for Windows to scan on the local client while accessing server-based desktops or published applications.
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Audio Bidirectional

Device Redirection

IT administrators can enable the sound input and output redirection from the local device to the remote application. For instance, employees can use their local headset in a server-based application for teleconferencing such as Skype.
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URL and Email Redirection

Device Redirection

Parallels RAS URL and email redirection allows http(s) and mailto links to be opened using a local application on the client computer rather than the server’s resources. IT administrators can configure a list of URLs which should not be redirected in the Parallels RAS Console.
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RemoteFX USB Redirection

Device Redirection

Parallels RAS fully supports USB redirection, providing users with a high-level experience and allowing specific types of devices to be used effectively in a remote session, such as:

  • Drive redirection allows users to access any local drive in a remote session, including USB drives.
  • Smart card redirection allows users to authenticate in a remote session by using smart cards and e-tokens.
  • Plug-and-play device redirection allows users to access PTP digital cameras, MTP music players, and POS for .NET devices in a remote session.
  • Input Redirection allows the use of input devices such as keyboards and mice in remote sessions.

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Local Drive Redirection

Device Redirection

IT staff can redirect local drives from the user's device to the Parallels RAS remote session, enabling users to work on local files while using published applications. This is particularly beneficial for users who want to keep all their personal data and files on their local drive while still using remote applications on the server to open them.
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Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) offers a wide range of features and tools to help organizations monitor and secure applications and data within on-premise, hybrid, and public cloud deployments. Security and monitoring are particularly important when deploying an application and desktop delivery solution in government, finance, and health sector environments, where data protection is an essential—and often regulated—requirement.

 

Pervasive Security

By delivering server-based desktops and applications from a central location, IT can easily back up endpoints, deploy and maintain security, and meet compliance regulations. Parallels RAS adds to the security advantages of centrally managed published resources with extra layers of protection. It helps organizations protect their assets with strict system hardening and a lockdown of data access.

Multifactor Authentication

A second-level authentication is enabled in Parallels RAS to provide a high level of protection with different types of security tokens for multifactor authentication. Users are required to authenticate through two successive stages to access the virtual workspace. The second level of authentication can be provided by Azure MFA, Duo, FortiAuthenticator, TekRADIUS, RADIUS, DeepNet, or a SafeNet server.
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Smart Card Authentication

Parallels RAS provides an easy-to-use smart card authentication on a server-client connection, allowing organizations to authenticate users access by smart card on published applications and desktops.
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Kiosk Mode

The Parallels RAS Client Manager module allows administrators to convert Windows devices running Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 into a secure Kiosk-like mode without replacing the operating system. The Kiosk Mode option limits users from changing system settings or installing new applications, providing the administrator with a higher level of control over connected devices.
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Encryption Protocols

Parallels RAS Secure Client Gateway encrypts with SSL or FIPS 140-2 protocol the users' connections to the farm, helping organizations adhere to data compliance policies such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR.
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Advanced Filtering

Granular filtering rules can be created to restrict users' access to the farm, adding another layer of data protection. IT staff can define several filtering rules to decide who can access a published resource based on user, IP address, MAC address, and gateway.
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Data Segregation

Parallels RAS supports data segregation in a multi-tenancy environment by allowing the creation of an unlimited number of independent sites inside the same farm. No applications, desktops, and data can be shared between sites, ensuring data protection. Multiple sites can be managed from the same instance of the Parallels RAS Console, streamlining the management of a multi-tenancy environment.

 

Clipboard Restriction

Organizations can avoid any unwanted data leakage from published applications by disabling paste and copy on the clipboard, reducing the risk that sensitive data such as credit card details or patient records can be stolen.
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Client Policy

A client policy is a set of rules defined by the administrator to manage, control, and restrict the settings options available to users. The Parallels RAS Console provides IT administrators the ability to set the client policy from within.
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Monitoring

Monitoring server, desktop, and application performance is critical to provide users with a seamless and productive UX. The Parallels RAS reporting engine transforms raw data into instant, visual, and intuitive reports, proving IT with an overview of their infrastructure at any time. Unlike other solutions, this feature is available with a standard license and does not entail any additional license cost.Read More

 

Security and Monitoring

Reporting Engine

The Parallels RAS Reporting Engine relies on Microsoft SQL Express or full edition (SSRS), enabling real-time reporting about the farm activities. By extracting raw data from the SQL database, Parallels RAS Reporting Engine creates detailed reports about the server usage, what devices are used, what applications are accessed, and more. By scanning these reports, organizations can enhance the performance of Parallels RAS and Windows server components.

Security and Monitoring

 

 

Available Reports

The Parallels RAS Reporting Engine provides IT with insight about users, Active Directory (AD) groups, devices, servers, and applications activities.

 

Security and Monitoring

 

Security and Monitoring

Users Reports

Receive real-time information about the users connected to the Parallels RAS installation, the sessions activity, the devices connected, and the client OSes used. With this information, IT administrators can adjust the servers and devices availability to match the traffic requirements on the farm.

 

Security and Monitoring

Group Reports

Users' activity can be also monitored at AD group level, providing insight into the group dynamics. By checking the group activity, IT admins can adjust the settings of the Parallels RAS installation to meet the different groups' requirements.

 

Security and Monitoring

Device Reports

The devices report provides IT administrators with information on all the devices used on the Parallels RAS installation. IT administrators can plan for future expansion or development based on this report—for example, purchase the most commonly used device for future expansion.

 

Security and Monitoring

Server Reports

Servers activity running on RD Session Host and VDI are monitored in this group of reports. Organizations can discover and remove bottlenecks by evaluating server sessions activity and reallocating the hardware resources.

 

Security and Monitoring

Application Reports

Published applications usage on the Parallels RAS installation is monitored in this group of reports. IT administrators can track which applications are most commonly used, forecast the license consummation, or remove unused applications to save up hardware resources.

Parallels RAS Automation with Microsoft PowerShell

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) PowerShell SDK allows IT admins to automate the provisioning and management of an entire Parallels RAS infrastructure. From adding new users, to provisioning applications, to updating groups of users, to the auto-creation of new servers—all the common tasks can be easily automated with PowerShell API. Additionally, the configurable notifications of the Parallels RAS Console allow IT staff to define PowerShell-based event handlers that react to the changes in a Parallels RAS deployment.

 

Flexible Management through Scripting

Using Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK is simple and straightforward. In addition, the "Get Help" option provides explanations about the use and structure of all the commands available. IT administrators can also use verbosity mode on the PowerShell window to monitor the processing and progress of scripts and actions for debugging and troubleshooting. Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK can be installed as a standalone component, allowing IT to connect and manage the farm from any location.

 

Management Tools

Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK tools empower IT to deploy and manage the farm, without interaction with the Parallels RAS Console.

Parallels RAS Quick Deployment Tool

It allows a quick farm deployment by automatically performing all the necessary actions. Starting from basic input details such as a Parallels My Account, domain administrator credentials, server address, and more , the tool creates the farm infrastructure.

Parallels RAS Session Management

IT staff can connect from any location to a Parallels RAS Farm by simply providing the server IP address and the administrator credentials. IT staff without the Parallels RAS Console can still monitor the sessions, the active applications on each session, send a message to a user, and disconnect or logoff a session.
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Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK Command Groups

 

VDI commands

The commands used to create and modify a VDI Agent, a Parallels RAS Template, a VDI Host, and a VDI Guest. The IT administrator can make changes in the VDI infrastructure of the farm without the need of the Parallels RAS Console.

RDSH commands

The commands used to create and modify an RDS Host, an RDS Group, and schedule a job type are just a part of those currently available. IT administrators can create and deploy RDS servers and groups as well as schedule them when to go online or offline, allowing for better resource management.

Publishing Agent commands

The commands used to create and modify a Parallels RAS Publishing Agent as well as remove it. This way the IT administrator can dynamically manage the number of Parallels RAS Publishing Agents on the farm anytime from anywhere.

Gateway commands

The set of commands used to handle a Parallels RAS Secure Gateway, such as create, set, or remove a gateway. This provides a quick way to configure a gateway or set a backup if needed without using the Parallels RAS Console.

 

PowerShell SDK

Security commands

IT administrators can change the multifactor identification settings and controls through the Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK, allowing them to dynamically change the identification method of the farm from anywhere.

 

Publishing commands

Commands to add published resources such as an application or a VDI desktop are available for IT administrators. Publish a new application while you work remotely with no hassle.

 

VM commands

Commands to start, stop, suspend and restart a virtual machine (VM) in a farm are available through the Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK. IT administrators can manage the number of VMs currently running on a farm or restart a VM if needed.

 

What Is Microsoft PowerShell?

Microsoft PowerShell is a Microsoft .NET Framework-connected environment designed for administrative automation. Windows PowerShell provides an approach to building commands, composing solutions, and creating graphical user interface-based management tools.

Microsoft PowerShell's capabilities enable an IT administrator to simplify and automate tedious and repetitive tasks for the administration of system resources by creating scripts and combining multiple commands (scripts) together.

The Microsoft PowerShell task automation and configuration management framework has long been associated with core Microsoft workloads; it provides access to everything from Azure Stack to Windows 10. From mid-2016, it’s also a cross-platform open source shell and scripting tool.

 

Enhance Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Parallels Remote Application Server allows you to easily deliver remote desktops using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in an easy-to-manage way. Securely deliver applications and offer a Windows desktop experience to any device.

 

Parallels RAS Session Variables

In Parallels RAS 16.5, session variables are extended to published desktops. Organizations have more flexibility to develop their own applications to perform tasks or query utilizing certain session variables (e.g. client IP, MAC address, model, version, and more).

 

Any Windows Application On Any Device

Parallels RAS supports Windows Server 2003 R2 to 2016, allowing administrators to deliver any Windows applications and a full desktop experience to Windows®, Mac®, Linux, Chrome OS™, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android™.

 

Web access

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services provides very limited support to access applications and desktops on HTML5 browsers, while Parallels RAS with the Parallels HTML5 Client enables web-access. Users can work on published applications and desktops on any HTML5-compatible browser, such as Google Chrome, Firefox®, or Internet Explorer®.
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Any device

Microsoft RDS has an uneven user experience across platforms. For example, it does not support delivery on Linux® or a Chromebook™, and the experience on mobile devices is very basic. Parallels RAS enables a brilliant and consistent experience across any OS and platform, providing native client for any device.
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Legacy applications

Many businesses use certain legacy applications that only run on outdated computers or server systems. With Parallels Remote Application Server, administrators can easily publish legacy and other applications from desktop operating systems.

 

Streamline Installation and Deployment

Take the complexity out of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services deployment and quickly set up your environment with Parallels Remote Application Server in a few clicks.

 

Simple Wizard-based installation

Parallels RAS is installed through a standard MSI file, and the user is guided through a wizard that greatly simplifies the installation process. Any additional components that need to be installed can be installed from the same installation file.

Centralized configuration console

Using Parallels RAS Console, administrators can manage, monitor, and scale up the farm. Even when installing new components or configuring a multisite environment, systems administrators do not need to log in to another tool, providing administrators with a straightforward control over their environment.

Auto-configuration of RDHS Role (Terminal Servers)

Systems administrators do not have to install and configure any server roles. Parallels RAS automatically installs the server roles that are needed (such as the Remote Desktop Session Host) on the servers from where applications and desktops are published.

 

Enhances Application and Desktop Delivery

Parallels RAS uses Microsoft’s RDS role to publish applications and desktops. Parallels RAS enhances these features through a set of tools, allowing administrators to provide a better experience for their users.

 

Printing redirection

Allow employees to use their local printers. Relying just on Microsoft RDS technology can be a complex and often unsuccessful process. Parallels RAS overcomes this limitation, providing an out-of-the-box universal drive to instantly enable local printing by a seamless printing redirection.

 

Server Load balancing

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Remote Desktop connection broker manages the distribution between the servers in the farm. However, it has limited capability, only allowing the distribution of the connections based on session count and server weight. Parallels RAS load balances the traffic between the servers based on user sessions, memory, application usage, and CPU utilization, improving significantly the overall performance.

 

Gateways High Availability Load Balance (HALB)

With Microsoft RDS, Network Load Balancing (NLB) can be used to load balance the network traffic among multiple gateways. However, on top of adding the complexity of managing an extra component, it does not guarantee the high availability of the service. Parallels RAS HALB provides full service redundancy, checking the health of the gateways before forwarding a connection. It can be easily managed on Parallels RAS Console and also allows SSL off loaders.