Server To Client URL Redirection | Redirecting URLs And Protocols

Server to Client URL Redirection is a very important feature for remote access software as it enhances the user experience. A user is able to access links from the remote session using local browsers and applications. Read more to understand how this feature works.

URL/ protocol redirection from server to client devices

Server to client URL redirection is a notable feature of any virtualization solution. The feature allows organizations to redirect URLs and protocols from the server to client devices and from client devices to the server. In a remote network, applications are hosted on a central server and are published to remote devices. Consider an instance wherein applications that contain website links or email links are deployed from the server to the remote device. When the end-user clicks these links, the websites are opened in a new browser on the server. When multiple links are clicked, multiple websites are opened in multiple browsers that use different platforms. When the application contains multiple email links, the user clicks them and opens multiple email clients that run on different platforms. The problem is that these multiple browsers and multiple email clients using different platforms eat up server resources. Moreover, the end-user might want to open website links in the local browser and email client platform.

Server to client URL redirection addresses these challenges. When the server is configured to redirect URLs and protocols, the server requests the client device to open the website and email links at the client end. While the server is relieved of the additional load, end users have the flexibility to use any browser or email client. This feature can be configured on the server and the client device.

How does Parallels RAS make server to client URL redirection easy?

Server to Client URL Redirection is straightforward: simply enable the
feature on both Parallels RAS Console and the client you want to
redirect the URL.

  1. Parallels RAS ConsoleFollow the steps below to enable URL Redirection:
  • Launch the Parallels RAS Console.
  • From the Console, click “Farm”> “Terminal Servers.”
  • Double-click on the server you want to enable the Server to
    Client URL Redirection feature.
  • Click the “Agent Settings” tab
  • Check the “Allow 2XRemoteExec to send command to the
  • Click “OK” to commit the settings.
  1. Parallels Client (Windows)
    Follow the steps below to enable URL redirection:
  • Launch the Parallels Client
  • Right-click on “Connections.”
  • Click “Connection Properties” > “Advanced Settings.”
  • Check the “Redirect URLs to this computer” checkbox.
  1. HTML5 Client
    Follow the steps below to enable URL redirection:
  • Launch an HTML5-compliant browser and log in to Parallels
  • Click on the down arrow from the top-right hand side of
    your browser.
  • Click “Settings.”
  • Select the “Redirect All or Redirect URLs” option under the
    “Redirect Links.”
  1. Parallels Client (iOS)
    Follow the steps below to enable URL redirection:
  • Launch Parallels Client.
  • Choose the connection that you want to edit.
  • From the top right-hand side of your screen, tap the “Edit”
  • Tap “Advanced Settings” > “Local Resources” > “Open
  • Select “This Device” to enable Server to Client URL

URL redirection blacklist

Parallels RAS offers another feature called the server-to-client URL redirection blacklist that helps organizations to block redirection of specific URLs. This is especially important when the company uses the intranet. Consider an instance wherein the redirected URL points to the local intranet. The link only works if the end-user has access to the local intranet. When the user is away from the office or at a remote location, the link will not work. As user applications are running on the same server, you can blacklist URLs that are on the intranet. With this URL redirection blacklist feature, Parallels RAS again shows its strength as one of the most innovative virtualization solutions on the market. Apart from URl redirection Parallels RAS also offers redirection of RDP USB redirection of any device attached to the client device.

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