What’s New in Parallels RAS 18

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) 18 integrates and enriches the Azure Virtual Desktop experience, supports FSLogix Profile Containers, significantly improves IT service delivery and reduces infrastructure costs.

Check out the new features in Parallels RAS 18.1 and 18.2

Other notable features of Parallels RAS 18 include:

  • Accelerated file retrieval
  • CPU optimization
  • Improved delivery with third-party load balancers
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Azure Virtual Desktop Integration

Parallels RAS 18 greatly extends and simplifies the capabilities of Azure Virtual Desktop by integrating and managing all workloads and resources from a central point—the Parallels RAS Console. Organizations can integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Azure Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end users.

Azure Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on Microsoft Azure. Azure Virtual Desktop enables access to applications and desktops hosted on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), including Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session hosts.

There are numerous advantages to managing and deploying both Azure Virtual Desktop and existing applications and desktops on Parallels RAS 18, including:

  • Single pane of glass: Manage deployments and tasks from a centralized console.
  • Manageability: Administer Parallels RAS and Azure Virtual Desktop environments, users, sessions and processes efficiently with advanced metrics and comprehensive management capabilities.
  • Automation: Easily automate and streamline administrative routines with a range of automation tools.
  • Flexibility: Deploy apps and desktops in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
  • Legacy apps:Support and deliver legacy applications along with newer Azure Virtual Desktop workloads.
  • Auto-scaling: Scale Azure and on-premises infrastructures up or down depending on demand.
  • Advanced functionality: Access cutting-edge features such as Session Pre-launch (ultra-fast logon), drag and drop functionality, accelerated file retrieval and Universal Printing and Scanning.

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FSLogix Profile Containers Integration

FSLogix Profile Containers is a robust profile management solution for application publishing and VDI. Easily manage and configure FSlogix Profile Containers from the Parallels RAS Console, required in multi-user virtual environments.

Benefits of leveraging FSLogix Profile Containers include:

  • Reduces logon and logoff times
  • Lowers traffic and processing load on file servers
  • Mitigates the risk for profile corruption
  • Centralizes profile management and storage control
  • Optimized for Office 365 delivery

By utilizing Profile Containers, both applications and users see the profile as if it's located on the local drive of the workload host.

Administrators may easily manage and automate the deployment of the FSLogix agent for RDSH, VDI and Azure Virtual Desktop workloads, without the need for manual registry changes or scripting.

UX Evaluator & Advanced Session Metrics

In Parallels RAS 18, administrators have a complete overview of user session details, improving service delivery. When users report anomalies, administrators or helpdesk can pinpoint issues faster and more accurately, providing a quicker root cause analysis (RCA). Also, administrators can proactively check user sessions and determine which users might need assistance.

The UX Evaluator provides an indicative and quantitative measure of the user experience by calculating the time elapsed between user interaction with published resources and corresponding response.

Other important metrics in Parallels RAS 18 include:

  • Logon duration and logon duration breakdown
  • Incoming and outgoing data within a session
  • Bandwidth availability and usage
  • Network latency
  • User connection flow
  • Number of reconnects and disconnect reasons

Monitoring settings with customized thresholds may be set to identify warning and critical levels to assist administrators.

Automated Image Optimizations

Parallels RAS 18 provides more efficient and streamlined delivery for virtual apps and desktops with more than 130 built-in automated optimization capabilities.

With increased flexibility, administrators can leverage different pre-configured optimizations for RDSH, VDI or Azure Virtual Desktop workloads depending on the server type.

Utilizing RAS 18, IT can perform all image optimizations from a single pane of glass, and benefit from:

  • Reduced hardware footprint
  • Fewer storage requirements
  • An increase in user density
  • Improved user experience with faster boot, logon and clone times
  • Faster route to market

The pre-configured optimizations may be easily updated to support future releases of Windows operating systems (OSs). Administrators may use preconfigured scripts, including those from third-party tools, saving time in optimizing images.

RDSH & VDI Local Storage Distribution

Parallels RAS 18 provides the ability to deploy clones from templates to the local disks of multiple independent Microsoft Hyper-V hosts, rather than only using centrally shared storage such as SAN.

The advantages of using RDSH and VDI local storage distribution include:

  • Cost-effectivity compared with SAN solutions
  • Simplified local storage—no need for complex configurations
  • The ability to maintain a single template for use with multiple providers
  • Faster disk access
  • Reduced risk of performance issues during boot-up times

Management Portal

Parallels RAS 18 enriches the IT admin experience by offering an alternative to the traditional desktop console. Designed with a mobile experience in mind, administrators may perform daily tasks on the go.

From any device, including mobile, IT administrators can centrally deploy, manage and configure the fundamental Parallels RAS components, including RDSH, Publishing Agents and Secure Client Gateways, along with the ability to publish resources and monitor and manage user sessions.

Administrators can:

  • Deploy Parallels RAS environments and publish RDSH-based applications and desktops
  • Secure Parallels RAS environments with the addition of multi-factor authentication
  • Manage Parallels RAS Universal Printing and Scanning
  • Monitor user sessions from anywhere
  • Carry out configurations and day-to-day tasks from any device without having to install the Parallels RAS Console
  • Manage Parallels RAS licensing
  • Reach out to help and support resources directly from the Management Portal

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