Automation Tools

Manually configuring an environment for application and desktop delivery can be a complex task that keeps IT teams very busy for a long time.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) streamlines the deployment and the maintenance of the server farm by providing a set of tools to manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), freeing IT from lengthy and repetitive tasks.

Microsoft PowerShell API

Using a PowerShell API enables administrators to manage Parallels RAS farms using Microsoft PowerShell scripting. Most of the essential functions can be performed via the PowerShell API by using PowerShell cmdlets with the corresponding parameters. Learn More »

The PowerShell API automates complex and repetitive tasks. It provides the mechanism to set up and manage the Parallels RAS environment without having to use the Parallels RAS Console. In addition, PowerShell enables administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.

Start Category

At the beginning of the Parallels RAS installation process, a welcome screen greets administrators to guide them through a Start Category. This category gives you access to three wizards that you can use to easily perform essential tasks, such as adding terminal servers, publishing applications, and inviting users to Parallels RAS.

Microsoft RDS (Terminal Servers) Configuration

The Parallels Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration Wizard guides administrators to set up a Windows server from which applications will be published. The RDSH is added to the server farm in a few easy steps.

The administrator selects an available server discovered in the network or added manually using an IP address or server name. The Wizard can detect if the RDS role is enabled on a remote server; if the RDS role is not enabled, the Wizard can install it.

Introducing Support for Turbo.net Applications Publishing

The Parallels Application Publishing Wizard helps administrators publish applications to users. In just four steps, administrators can quickly identify and deploy applications installed on available terminal servers.

The administrator can choose to publish applications from either an individual server or groups of servers. Applications available on these servers are presented to the administrator for easy selection.

Parallels RAS integrates with Turbo.net, allowing application provisioning directly from the Turbo.net Hub to any server in the farm. Browsing directly from the RAS Console, administrators only need to select a Turbo.net application available in the public Turbo.net repository, and applications are automatically installed and ready to be published to the users.

Inviting Users to Access Applications

The Invite Users Wizard allows the administrators to effortlessly onboard employees so they can start using published applications and desktops.

The Wizard sends an invitation email with links to download Parallels Client for various OSes, ranging from Windows PCs and Mac® computers, to mobile iOS and Android devices, to Chrome apps and even Raspberry Pi.

The invitation email includes five steps designed to reduce the complexities involved in the installation and client rollout process.

VDI Templates

Parallels RAS automatically generates and deploys VDI desktops on-demand, using customized templates. This allows administrators to create and deploy guests VMs on the fly, saving a great deal of time. Administrators only need to create a virtual desktop once and then it can be replicated as many times as needed.

Additionally, the Test Guest VM Template Wizard automates VM testing and VM deployment to ensure that custom-built templates work smoothly, reducing the need for administrators to complete manual tasks.