When deploying Parallels® RAS, IT administrators can configure a farm and all its components centrally from the Parallels RAS Console. Setup wizards help IT teams smoothly perform essential tasks, such as adding RDSH servers, publishing applications, and inviting users to Parallels RAS.
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Parallels RAS provides a more efficient and streamlined delivery of virtual apps and desktops with more than 130 built-in automated optimization capabilities. With increased flexibility, administrators may leverage different pre-configured optimizations for RDSH, VDI, or Azure Virtual Desktop workloads, depending on the server type.
Server load balancing is readily available through the Parallels RAS Console and can be either resource-based or round-robin. It distributes traffic load, improves response time, guarantees full optimization of the computing resources, and prevents bottlenecks. Parallels RAS also offers High Availability Load Balancing (HALB) for large networks.
The Invite Users Wizard enables administrators to effortlessly onboard employees. The wizard sends an invitation email with links to download the Parallels Client. With email-based account discovery, users can easily connect to the Parallels RAS environment by entering their email address, which is especially useful for unmanaged devices.
With the use of a PowerShell API, IT administrators can manage Parallels RAS Farms using Microsoft PowerShell scripting. Essential configurations and management capabilities are available through the use of Parallels RAS PowerShell cmdlets. The PowerShell API automates complex and repetitive tasks.
Parallels RAS supports REST Application Program Interface (API) protocol, which enables organizations to streamline their web services. Automate features such as the configuration and management of the Parallels RAS environment, publish resources, and manage user sessions.
Administrators can manage servers and remote PCs using Windows Remote Management Tools or custom tools of their choice. Perform standard Windows computer management tasks without leaving the Parallels RAS Console. The tasks include Remote Desktop Connection, Computer Management, Service Management, and others.
Parallels RAS automatically generates and deploys RDSH and VDI desktops using customized templates. This enables administrators to create and deploy guest 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.
Parallels RAS can automatically add users to the Remote Desktop Users group or Administrators group on the fly when the session is set up and then remove them from these groups upon logoff or disconnect. This makes logins more secure and prevents unauthorized access.
Parallels RAS integrates with Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to provide single sign-on (SSO). Users can use one set of credentials to log in to many different systems. It’s simpler to manage one login per user than to manage separate logins by email, customer relationship management (CRM) software, Active Directory, and more.
IT administrators can set automated trigger notification messages according to performance counters—such as the number of RDSH sessions, CPU and memory usage, VDI events, and more. In addition, it's possible to set self-executed custom scripts when a configured value is outside the predefined range.
The Scheduler tab in the Remote Desktop Session Hosts view enables IT administrators to reboot or temporarily disable servers according to a schedule.
The Parallels RDSH Configuration Wizard quickly enables published applications and desktops to be provisioned to end users. Only a few simple, guided steps are enough to add RDSH to the farm. 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.
Leverage simple, centralized certificate management with Let’s Encrypt integration. Parallels RAS provides the ability to issue, renew, and revoke certificates centrally. IT admins can significantly ease the process of issuing and renewing SSL certificates automatically through one-time configuration from the Parallels RAS Console.
Create a time-based schedule to power on or off existing virtual machines (VM) used as session hosts running on any Parallels supported VDI provider, including Microsoft Azure, Azure Virtual Desktops, and AWS (Amazon EC2). Powering off unused resources helps reduce costs without affecting user experience.