What is Client Policy?

Parallels RAS includes a feature to configure the Parallels Client settings; this is known as a client policy. A client policy is a set of rules defined by the administrator to manage, control, and restrict the settings options available to the users.

The Parallels Client policy settings are grouped into nine categories: Display, Connection, Printing, Scanning, Local Resources, Experience, Network, Authentication, and Advanced.

By selecting a connection property in the Parallels RAS Console, the policy is enforced and the connection properties settings selected will no longer be visible on the Parallels Client. For instance, an administrator can disable the printing option on the Parallels Client simply by clicking the printing checkbox in the Client Policy properties window.

Enforcing client policies

Nowadays, users can access their application literally from any device. An employee can go from his office desktop to his home laptop and use his mobile device while traveling from one place to another. This might require different client policies to secure and protect access to sensitive corporate data.

Parallels RAS client policies allow you to secure corporate data by enforcing policies based on a specific user, an Active Directory group, or even by the end user’s device. Therefore, end users may find their control settings within the Parallels Client pre-defined by their administrator. These settings may include connection, printing, and network settings, just to mention a few.

This virtually reduces the IT staff effort to support the Parallels Client configurations, even for new employees. If a new employee has joined the company and is part of a particular Active Directory group, the client policies pre-configured for the other members of the group will automatically apply for the new employee without any extra configurations from the IT team.