Automation for your VDI and RDS Environments

Streamline the deployment and maintenance of a farm by providing a set of tools to manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), freeing IT administrators from lengthy and repetitive tasks.

Effortless Application and VDI Delivery

By deploying Parallels RAS over Microsoft RDS, IT administrators can configure a farm and all its components (RDSH, publishing agent, VDI, remote PC, gateway and high availability load balancer) centrally from the Parallels RAS Console by pushing all the configurations through the network. A fully functioning VDI environment can be configured and managed from the same Parallels RAS Console without extra licenses or staff training.
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Inviting Users to Access Applications

The Invite Users Wizard allows administrators to effortlessly onboard employees so they can start working with published applications and desktops.
The wizard sends an invitation email with links to download Parallels Client for various operating systems, ranging from Windows PCs and Mac® computers to mobile iOS and Android devices, and even Chrome OS.

The invitation email includes steps designed to reduce the complexities involved in the installation and client rollout process, along with the necessary server details to connect.
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Server Console Tools

Through the Parallels RAS Console, administrators can manage servers and remote PCs using Windows Remote Management Tools or custom tools of their choice. This means that when you need to perform standard Windows computer management tasks, you can do it without leaving the Parallels RAS Console. The tasks include Remote Desktop Connection, Computer Management, Service Management, Event Viewer, PowerShell, Reboot and others.

To access the Tools menu, select a server in the Parallels RAS Console and then click Tasks (or right-click) > Tools.
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SAML

Parallels RAS integrates with Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to allow identity providers (IdP) to transfer authorization credentials to service providers (SP). It works similarly to single sign-on (SSO), and you can use one set of credentials to log in to many different systems. It’s simpler to manage one login per user than managing separate logins to email, customer relationship management (CRM) software, Active Directory and more.

Start Category

At the beginning of the Parallels RAS configuration process, a welcome screen guides administrator through the Start Category. This category provides access to three setup wizards that you can use to smoothly perform essential tasks, such as adding RDSH servers, publishing applications and inviting users to Parallels RAS.

IT admins can perform all the tasks directly from the Parallels RAS Console without logging—for example, on a Windows Server to enable the RDS roles needed for the RDSH capabilities.
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Microsoft PowerShell API

With the use of a PowerShell API, IT administrators can manage Parallels RAS Farms using Microsoft PowerShell scripting. By using PowerShell cmdlets with the corresponding parameters, all the essential functions are available through the PowerShell API.

The PowerShell API automates complex and repetitive tasks. It provides the mechanism to set up and manage the Parallels RAS environment without having to use the Parallels RAS Console. In addition, PowerShell enables administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.
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Auto-Provisioning and Auto-Scaling with Parallels RAS Templates

Administrators can create Parallels RAS Templates to automate the provision of virtual machines (VMs) from either an RDSH or a VDI host. "Keep-alive" and "always keep in the available buffer" are a few configurable options to make sure that you always have an available free VM, depending on business needs. Those templates stay in the Parallels RAS database, and scripts can request them to accommodate or remove VMs automatically on demand.

Parallels RAS automatically generates and deploys RDSH and VDI desktops using customized templates. This allows administrators to create and deploy guests VMs on the fly, saving a great deal of time. Administrators only need to create a virtual desktop once—then it can be replicated as many times as needed.

Additionally, the Test Guest VM Template Wizard automates VM testing and VM deployment to ensure that custom-built templates work smoothly, reducing the need for administrators to complete manual tasks.
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RDSH Configuration

The Parallels RD Session Host Configuration Wizard guides administrators to set up a Windows Server to publish applications. Just a few easy and guided steps are enough to add a Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) to the farm.

The administrator can select an available Window Server host in the network or manually add one using the IP address or server hostname. The wizard can detect if the RDS role is present on a remote server. If the RDS role is not enabled, the wizard can install it without extra configurations.
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Refined High Availability Load Balancing

Server load balancing is easy to use and enabled out of the box. It is available through the Parallels RAS Console and can be either resource-based or round-robin. It distributes traffic load among the RDSH servers hosting the same application, which improves response time, guarantees full optimization of the computing resources and prevents bottlenecks.

Parallels RAS offers the option to also load balance the gateways in case of a large network with a separate, fully automated High Availability Load Balancing (HALB) appliance. It is ready for import on a hypervisor and acts as a dedicated host to load balance the connections forwarded to the gateways, improving the overall performance of the infrastructure.
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REST API

Parallels RAS supports REST Application Program Interface (API) protocol, allowing organizations to streamline their web services by orchestrating Parallels RAS operations with their product ecosystem. Automate features such as create an account, password reset, buy-out, and more that would require user input on both client and server sides.
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