Secure Remote Access with Parallels RAS
Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) offers a wide range of features and tools to monitor and secure remote access to applications and data in multi-cloud environments.
Parallels RAS enables multilevel authentication to add an extra layer of protection to IT infrastructures. Users are required to authenticate through two successive steps to access virtual workspaces. The second level of authentication can be Azure MFA, Duo, FortiAuthenticator, TekRADIUS, RADIUS, Deepnet, Google Authenticator or a SafeNet server.
Parallels RAS supports data segregation in a multi-tenancy environment by enabling the creation of an unlimited number of independent sites inside the same farm. No applications, desktops and data can be shared between sites, which ensures data protection. Multiple sites can be managed from the same instance of the Parallels RAS Console, streamlining the management of a multi-tenancy environment.
Granular filtering rules can be created to restrict users' access to the farm, adding another layer of data protection. IT staff can define several filtering rules to decide who can access a published resource based on user, IP address, MAC address and gateway.
SAML SSO Authentication
Parallels RAS integrates single sign-on (SSO) authentication technology based on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). When using SAML SSO authentication, corporate-authenticated users are not required to re-enter their credentials to log in to your services, providing a smoother user experience.
The Parallels RAS Device Manager enables administrators to convert Windows devices running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 into secure kiosk-like mode without replacing the operating system. The Kiosk Mode limits users from changing system settings or installing new applications, providing the administrator with a higher level of control over connected devices.
By adding client policies, administrators can group users and push different Parallels Client settings to user devices, forcing them to adhere to organizational protocol. A client group policy controls which settings are available to configure on the Parallels Client interface.
Smart Card Authentication
Parallels RAS provides an easy-to-use smart card authentication on a server-client connection, enabling organizations to authenticate users’ access by smart card on published applications and desktops.
Parallels RAS Secure Client Gateway supports SSL or FIPS 140-2 protocol encryption, providing adherence to data compliance policies such as PCI DSS, HIPAA and GDPR.
Organizations can avoid any unwanted data leakage from published applications by disabling copy and paste on the clipboard, reducing the risk of sensitive data (such as credit card details or patient records) getting stolen.
The Parallels RAS Reporting Engine transforms raw data into visual and intuitive reports, providing IT with an infrastructure overview. It creates detailed reports about server usage, what devices are used, what applications are accessed and more. By scanning these reports, organizations can enhance the performance of Parallels RAS and Windows Server components. These reports are useful as part of your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan.
The Parallels RAS Reporting Engine relies on Microsoft SQL Express or full edition (SSRS). It extracts raw data from the SQL database, enabling real-time reporting about farm activities.
Learn more in our Reporting Service Guide
Receive real-time information about users connected to the Parallels RAS installation, session activity, connected devices, and the client OSs used. IT administrators can adjust the infrastructure according to traffic requirements.
Users' activity can be monitored at Active Directory (AD) group level, providing insight into group dynamics. By checking group activity, IT admins can adjust the settings of the Parallels RAS installation to meet the different groups' requirements.
The devices report provides IT administrators with information on all the devices used on the Parallels RAS installation. IT administrators can plan for future expansion or development based on this report.
Server activity running on RD Session Host and VDI are monitored in this group of reports. Organizations can discover and remove bottlenecks by evaluating server session activity and reallocating hardware resources.
Published application usage on the Parallels RAS installation is monitored in this group of reports. IT administrators can track which applications are most commonly used and remove unused applications to save hardware resources.