What Is an RDP Thin Client and Why Use it? | Parallels Explains

RDP thin client – what is it? 

RDP Thin ClientA thin client is a lightweight and straightforward end-user computer used to establish a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. ARDP thin client can connect remotely to a Microsoft Server OS datacenter server by using Microsoft proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Once connected, it allows users to access Microsoft Remote Desktop Services running on the remote servers. Like any other thin client, an RDP thin client is equipped with limited computational resources and uses remote server resources for computational tasks through the network connection enabled by RDP.  

RDP thin client – benefits galore!

Among the benefits of thin client computing are:

  1. Centralized IT management: Users can easily be given access and backups of both servers and clients performed from a central location. This helps ease the administrative workload required of your IT staff.
  2. Easier desktop management: Since hardware and software upgrades are limited to the data center, most of the desktop management work can be done centrally. Thin clients are easier to manage from anywhere – IT administrators can connect and maintain them remotely without needing to go to their actual locations unless necessary.
  3. Better productivity: The risk of downtime is lower with thin clients since they have fewer moving parts. The impact of application crashes on the server side are minimal as well, with administrators always keeping a constant lookout. In case a breakdown occurs on the server, users can always be switched over to another instance. All these lead to better user productivity.
  4. Increased security: With the work being performed on the server, there is relatively little risk of sensitive data leaving the corporate premises. Contrast this with full desktops and personal devices, where there is a risk of unauthorized applications getting installed or data saved to locations other than the server.
  5. Lower costs: Thin clients can last for years without any major upgrades due to their minimal configuration. Though server upgrades will be required as more users are added, the costs are much lower compared to upgrading full PCs. With thin clients, capital and maintenance costs are estimated to be lower by 40% and 90%, respectively.
  6. Lower energy consumption: Thin clients generate lower heat and have relatively lower cooling requirements, so much so that they have been estimated to consume 90% less energy than desktops that do all their processing locally. This significantly brings down your energy consumption and costs.
  7. Increased remote work capability: Since they are easy to set up and manage, thin clients are ideal for situations where remote work is needed.

Any cause for concern? 

RDP thin clients depend on the centralized server for computing power. If the server goes down, all clients that connect to it are affected. Nevertheless, a good backup strategy might counter such possibilities. Also, any substantial feature limitation of RDP will impact the functioning of an RDP thin client.  

Resource monitoring is another area where an RDP thin client has yet to offer something helpful. Network reliability is also a genuine concern for all kinds of thin clients since all the resources and computing power reside on the server-side. 

Parallels RAS has the answers 

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) connects server-hosted applications, data, and desktops to thin-client machines through RDP. Parallels Clients—which enable the connection between the thin client and the Parallels RAS Farm—are developed in collaboration with thin-client vendors to ensure optimized user experience.

Parallels RAS is an asset for organizations, as it can transform any thin client into a fully functional workstation. These thin clients can provide any published application and desktop to end-users, helping your organization to save on new investment costs.

Moreover, Parallels RAS supports a shadowing feature that allows administrators to view an individual session when troubleshooting problems in thin clients as well as management of the client through policies.

Parallels Client is also available for Linux, so it is suitable for any thin–client device, many of which are Linux-based.

Download the Parallels RAS trial and fully utilize your thin clients today. 


Wikipedia | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client 

Techopedia | https://www.techopedia.com/definition/462/thin-client 

TechTarget | https://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/definition/Remote-Desktop-Protocol-RDP 

Techtarget | https://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/tip/Making-thin-client-performance-priority-No-1 

Webopedia | https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/T/thin_client.html 

Parallels | https://www.parallels.com/products/ras/capabilities/parallels-client/