RDP Client

Access Windows Applications, Desktops or Data on Any Device

The RDP Client is an easy-to-install software that provides access to RDP infrastructures and Parallels® RAS farms. Securely access digital workspaces from Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Thin Client, Chromebook, and more.

The Parallels® Client is Available on All the Major Platforms

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RDP Capabilities

The Parallels Client leverages and enhances Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) technology, enabling users to instantly connect to either Parallels RAS Farms or simple RDS infrastructures.

It's an intuitive RDP client that makes it possible for users to work simultaneously on applications and desktops. Multiple connection settings may be stored and utilized so users can keep workspaces docked under the same application window (or undock them to work in another window).

Moreover, features not supported by the Microsoft RDP Client—such as drag and drop, multiscreen support, zoom and more—are implemented to provide a top-tier user experience.

The remote desktop for Android and iOS enables all native gestures, offering one of the best mobile experiences on the market. Touch ID and passcode capabilities are available during login to increase data security.

Parallels Client Use Cases

Client policies control which settings are available to configure on the user’s Parallels Client interface. With client policies, IT administrators can easily manage and restrict the settings available to users on the Parallels Client connection to a Parallels RAS Farm. Criteria can also be configured to distribute different policies depending on where the user is connecting from or even which device (MAC address) they are using.

Increase security access with multi-factor authentication (MFA), specifically when using RADIUS as an MFA provider. Users can choose their preferred security verification methods from a configurable list, including push notifications, phone callback, SMS and email.

Administrators can customize the one-time password (OTP) experience when using the Parallels Client. Different security verification methods can be assigned a priority level and configured to be automatically used.

Session prelaunch, initially only for Parallels Client for Windows, is now extended to other platform-specific clients, including macOS, Linux, iOS and Android. Session prelaunch can be configured to make use of Artificial intelligence (AI), which enables Parallels Client to analyze user login habits to prelaunch Parallels RAS sessions prior to the user’s manual request. This delivers a ready-to-connect virtual workspace, significantly reducing login time and dramatically improving UX.

Parallels RAS streamlines management of user identities from different organizations by supporting the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 authentication mechanism. With SAML, IT can provide single sign-on (SSO) capabilities without sharing the local identity database. This allows federated SSO authentication and authorization processes for users while de-coupling the identity provider and service provider for simplified and centralized access of Parallels RAS hosted resources.

Seamless navigation

Use the touch mechanic gestures you know—swipe, drag, tap to click and zoom in—with any Windows application on your smartphone. With a Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass it’s possible for users to select the exact content that’s needed.

Secure access

Parallels Client connects client devices to Parallels RAS applications and desktops via RDP protocol and SSL encryption for a secure and reliable connection. Employees may also further secure the Parallels Client by adding Touch ID or Passcode to open the application. Parallels RAS enhances mobile device security.

Mobile printing

Through the remarkable peripheral redirection technology built into the Parallels Client, iOS and Android devices can be used to print locally. Moreover, remote desktop printing with Parallels RAS Universal Printing enables users to print directly to their local printers without any extra configurations.

Samsung DeX Support

The Parallels RAS Android Client supports Samsung DeX. Samsung mobile users can work anywhere, anytime using one device. Improve multitasking and productivity with features like drag-and-drop and multiscreen.

Client autoconfiguration

Parallels Client may be configured automatically through an invitation email from the Remote Application Server console or accessed through a web portal. Configurations within the Parallels Client can also be preconfigured for users with a client group policy.

Files and folders

Access centralized files and folders from any device, through a secure connection that doesn’t expose your assets or intellectual property. If enabled by administrators, accelerated file retrieval enables users to quickly retrieve and enumerate local files and folders when using drive redirection. It’s possible to achieve a more than 90% increase in speed and stability over poor networks compared with standard RDP.

Maximized flexibility

Parallels RAS can be accessed directly from any HTML 5 web-browser, extending the user's freedom to work from any device, anytime, anywhere.

Bluetooth mouse and trackpad support

The Parallels Client for iOS supports the use of a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with iPads (iPadOS 13.4 or newer), providing greater precision. Moreover, when a mouse or trackpad is detected, the cursor transforms into a native cursor depending on the content available on the screen—for example, a pointer, I-beam or arrows. The “Dumbo” mouse mode enables a virtual mouse with two buttons and a pointer that appears on the screen to navigate effectively.

Excellent mobile experience

Select text or graphics with one finger, and easily drag and drop content for a seamless interactive experience. Create custom keypad shortcuts to work even more efficiently. Using native controls, copy and paste between remote applications—or even between remote applications and device apps.

iPad Multitasking Support

Parallels Client for iPadOS supports multitasking features—such as Slide Over and Split View—so users can manage apps simultaneously, boosting productivity. For example, users can work on a Parallels RAS published resource and FaceTime at the same time.