Setting up Remote Application Software: How to Configure Parallels RAS

Remote application software setup is easy with Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS). Just follow these steps:

  1. Once the installation process has finished successfully, you need to run the Parallels RAS Console and activate the Parallels RAS Farm. By default, the Parallels RAS Console is launched automatically after you click Finish on the last page of the installation wizard. To launch the console manually, navigate to Start > Apps > Parallels and click on Parallels Remote Application Server Console. You are presented with the login dialog when the Parallels RAS Console is launched for the first time.

    In the dialog, specify the following:

    Farm: A Parallels RAS Farm to connect to. Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or internet protocol (IP) address of the server where you have Parallels RAS Publishing Agent installed.

    Friendly name: A friendly name for your Parallels RAS Farm.

    Username: A user account with administrative privileges on the server where Parallels RAS is installed, usually a domain or local administrator. The specified user will automatically be configured as the Parallels RAS administrator, with full access rights.

    Password: The specified user account password.

    If you select the Remember credentials option, this dialog will not be shown the next time you launch the Parallels RAS Console. When you are done entering the connection information, click the Connect button to connect to the Parallels RAS Farm.

  1. To activate Parallels RAS, you must register for a Parallels business account. After you log in to Parallels RAS, you will see the Sign In to Parallels My Account dialog. If you already have an account, type the email address and password you used to register the account and click Sign In.

  1. If you do not have a Parallels business account, you can register for one by clicking on the Register… button and filling in all the required fields.

  1. After you sign in to Parallels My Account, the Activate Product dialog opens, asking you to activate the Parallels RAS Farm.

    If you already have a Parallels RAS license key, select the Activate using license key option and enter the key in the field provided. If you do not have a Parallels RAS license key, you can purchase a subscription online by clicking the Purchase a license link or activate Parallels RAS as a trial by selecting the Activate trial version option. The trial version includes a 30-day trial period with all features available and allows up to 50 concurrent users.

    After entering a license key or selecting to activate a trial version, click Activate. You should see a message that the Parallels RAS Farm was activated successfully. Click OK.

    If you have installed Parallels RAS in a virtual machine environment, you will be informed that you need to make sure the IP address of the machine that the server is installed will be static and not change the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) when the machine is shut down or disconnected from the network. Click OK.

  2. You will now see the main Parallels RAS Console window, where you can begin configuring the Parallels RAS Farm. The first dialog informs you that you have no servers configured that can be used to host published resources. This means that to begin using Parallels RAS, you need at least one Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), VDI provider, or a Remote PC configured. Learn how to configure RDSH.