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.
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
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
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 CycleTransform 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
rallels RAS flexible and scalable architecture enables organizations to quickly adapt to the continuous workplace changes and demands for new applications or desktop types.
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
Granular Client PoliciesParallels 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 17
Version 17 improves UX by utilizing AI capabilities, extends security by adding a TOTP MFA log-in option, and further simplifies IT task management while leveraging RDS 2019 technology.
Extending MFA options with Google Authenticator
Parallels RAS 17 integrates with yet another popular multifactor authentication (MFA) mechanism, Google Authenticator, allowing organizations to add an extra layer of security without any additional cost.
To plan against the rapid increase of cyberattacks, businesses can leverage this highly secure time-based one-time password (TOTP) solution to protect data from identity theft.
Version 17 introduces artificial intelligence (AI) based session pre-launch technology, allowing users to access their virtual workspace instantly, increasing the user experience, and boosting efficiency and productivity.
Through Parallels machine learning (ML) capabilities, user login habits are analyzed and sessions are pre-launched in memory, significantly reducing login time while distributing the back-end workload to prevent log-on storms during peak hours.
As the technology is rapidly evolving, Parallels RAS 17 leverages the advanced features and support that Microsoft Windows Server 2019 bring with it, including Remote Desktop Services (RDS).
Such improvements make IT management easier though simplified RD license management, a better user experience with enhanced and optimized video stream quality and lower bandwidth requirements, and the support of Microsoft Office 2019.
Parallels RAS components such as Publishing Agent, RAS Gateway, RD Session Hosts, and VDI hosts can be hosted on Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Parallels RAS can provision, scale, and maintain virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) on Microsoft Hyper-V 2019.
Version 17 introduces a new web-based console to provide more flexibility for IT administrators. It allows admins to monitor the Parallels RAS infrastructure and perform management tasks such as:
- View RAS Environment Servers and components and their status
- Hosts’ information and resource utilization
- License usage information
- User sessions management
From this web-based console, helpdesk staff can troubleshoot any user session issues and assist users using the following tasks:
- Disconnect the session
- Logoff from the session
- Message the user
- View and manage running processes within the session
Parallels RAS 17 provides REST API allowing organizations to integrate with existing orchestration and management solutions.
Automate your service distribution through the Parallels RAS integration with REST API. Deploy, configure, and maintain Parallels RAS remote applications and desktops through a seamless automated interface.
Parallels RAS supports Scale Computing’s HC3, a new hyperconverged infrastructure solution that combines compute, storage, virtualization, backup, and disaster recovery in a single appliance. Read More.
- HC3 uses Scale Computing’s own KVM-based hypervisor, HyperCore Operating System (HCOS), 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 RAS VDI VMs through Scale Computing HC3 API, making VDI solutions faster, more affordable, and easier to use.
Version 17 provides more granular options, such as View, Modify, Add, and Delete permissions for IT administrators on specified RAS components such as:
- RAS infrastructure servers
- RDSH management
- Session management
- Client management
IT administrators can configure specific permissions to different administrators and delegate control of Parallels RAS objects, offering flexibility of management while keeping security high.
Parallels RAS 17 enables instant access to a predefined set of management tools directly from the Parallels RAS Console, such as network utilities (Netstat/Telnet to and from hosts), Windows Service Management Console, reboot/shutdown actions, and much more.
In addition, custom tools can be configured and made available directly from the Parallels RAS Console to further facilitate day-to-day IT management.
Centralize, streamline, and speed up Parallels RAS farm server's maintenance using the Parallels RAS Console as a single point of management. Save time by performing remote actions quickly and centrally on several servers, reducing IT management overhead.
Parallels RAS 17 enhances the white label capabilities of the Parallels HTML5 Client and the Parallels Client for Windows. White-labelling capabilities allow for the personalization of multiple themes per site, accessible via short URLs which can be granularly customized based on customer requirements.
Such customizations include colors, logos, messages, language bars, and much more. In addition, administrators can add new items to the help menu on the Parallels Client for Windows, which can be assigned to custom commands.
Keep your VDI virtual machines secure by restricting access on them solely through the Parallels RAS Client.
Parallels RAS 17 introduces a security feature which dynamically grants and revokes remote access user permissions at Parallels RAS VDI log on and log off, preventing unwanted access to VDI VMs outside the use of the Parallels RAS Client.
Parallels RAS 17 introduces new reports related to application usage and tunneled gateway sessions. Moreover, the Parallels RAS monitoring engine supports multiple RAS Farms, RAS Sites, and different virtual RD Session Groups, centralizing the monitoring across multiple RAS deployments. In addition, administrators can create custom reports, improving day-to-day management activities.
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.
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 (VDI)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Employees can secure the Parallels Client by adding Touch ID® or a passcode to open the application.
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.
Through the Printing Redirection technology of Parallels Client, iOS and Android devices can be used to print locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Centerm Thin Client
C91 and C10
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.