An RDS Client or RDP client for connecting to Remote Desktop Services is standard technology that allows delivery of virtual applications and desktops to remote users. Using an RDP client you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from anywhere.
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Remote Desktop Services (RDS), once known as Terminal Services, are an important component of Windows Server that enables users to access corporate resources stored on a central server from a remote device over a network. RDS is included in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
With the increased use of smartphones and BYOD networks, businesses need to deliver applications to end-users anywhere, at any time. An RDS client is a cost-effective solution and offers several benefits to businesses. With a single point of maintenance, application updates and maintenance become easy. Applications that are installed once on the server can be remotely published to multiple users, multiple times. This, in turn, reduces licensing costs. Administrators can securely manage networks from a central location, and organizations can take advantage of thin client technology to reduce costs. With a reduced attack surface, desktops have a longer lifespan.
The Challenges of RDS
Initially, RDS came with certain limitations. When streaming media on RDS clients, there were issues with audio and video syncing. The use of resource-hungry applications such as AutoCAD was not recommended. There was no USB support.
By introducing the RemoteFX protocol, Microsoft has dealt with all these challenges, but problems remain. RDS by itself is mainly suitable for Windows-based devices; only limited features are available when end-users connect to remote networks using iPhone or Android devices. Installation and configuration of the RDS client is not easy: you have to install several components such as NLB (network load balancing) that requires expert knowledge. Even though remote printing technology has significantly improved, printer redirection is still a challenge for network administrators. Moreover, the pricing model of Windows Server 2012 R2 is not feasible for every business.
Several solutions are available on the market to improve the usability and performance of RDS. Parallels offers a powerful RDS client that brings the best out of this protocol at a cost-effective price.
Parallels RAS for RDS
Parallels RAS is the most powerful RDS client available for businesses of all sizes. Installation is simple and easy and can be done very quickly using the step-by-step wizard. Once installed, it provides a centralized dashboard to manage the entire network effectively.
Parallels RAS provides seamless delivery of virtual desktops and applications through a single app, so that you can service a mobile workforce powerfully and share corporate resources securely, with ease. Parallels RAS delivers a rich end-user experience while keeping your team productive - your employees can use any device attached to the RDS client such as a scanner, printer or a USB device. The Parallels Universal Printing and Scanning feature allows you to use any local device for printing and scanning tasks.
Parallels RAS provides a consistent end-user experience regardless of the device through which the user connects to the network. Be it iPhone or Android, users can access corporate resources with ease. Moreover, applications such as Microsoft Office can be delivered to ChromeBooks and Mac devices as well. Maximum flexibility is provided by allowing users to connect to remote networks using any HTML5-enabled browser. Most importantly, Parallels RAS is offered in a flexible licensing model that is highly cost-effective.
Take advantage of the most powerful RDS client to deliver virtual applications and desktops seamlessly through a unified workspace.
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