Windows 10 Multi-Session | Parallels RAS Supports It!

Windows 10 multi-session allows multiple concurrent sessions on a single virtual machine (VM). With it, Microsoft brings the multi-user capability of Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) to Windows 10 Enterprise, a feature previously available to Windows Server users only.

Windows 10 multi-session is part of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), meaning that it only runs on Azure. WVD can be used on Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer versions, and Windows 7 Enterprise with Extended Support Licenses.

Currently, with all the RDS improvements in Windows Server 2019, Microsoft is not giving up on RDSH. For workloads that cannot migrate to Azure and WVD, Windows Server 2019 remains the ideal platform.

Consistency in Windows 10 Multi-Session

Transition (or migration) is one of the significant challenges in the remote application or remote session world. Previously, moving from one technology platform to another required a considerable amount of planning, testing, and executing. The biggest challenge is migrating from old operating systems to new ones, which bring out legacy compatibility issues. 

In the past, each release was about five years apart and had significant changes regarding technology and user experience. 

If we compare Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2016, each provides a radically different desktop, which requires different interactions. Simple things like an inconsistent theme or password change UI can crumble a user’s experience or expectation, which may reduce productivity. 

Parallels RAS Support for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop  

With Parallels RAS, organizations may auto-scale infrastructure on demand through automatic monitoring and adjustment of resources for high-performing virtual applications and desktops. Moreover, Parallels RAS ensures a balance between resource availability and compute cost on Azure via its workload auto-provisioning and auto-scaling capabilities.

Parallels RAS treats Microsoft Azure as a VDI platform, supporting provisioning of VDI and RDSH workloads directly on the platform. Thus, workloads are created, scaled, and managed on-demand from within Azure, allowing for faster deployments, simplified management, and reduced costs.

Parallels RAS integrates with Windows Virtual Desktop, providing a unified solution. Parallels RAS greatly extends and simplifies the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop by integrating and managing all workloads and resources from a centralized console. Organizations can integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Windows Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end-users.

Parallels RAS enables organizations to implement private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments. It delivers applications and desktops, regardless of where its components are installed, and allows organizations to manage SSL certificates from a dedicated screen from its console. Parallels RAS also supports other platforms and services, including Scale Computing HC3, Amazon Web Services Elastic Load Balancing, Samsung DeX, and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and 2019.

To get started with Parallels RAS, download your 30-day trial.


Algiz Technology


The Microsoft Platform

Brian Madden

Microsoft Tech Community