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Parallels Remote Application Server - Features

Parallels Remote Application Server Features

Application Publishing

Parallels Remote Application Server is simple to deploy and easy to manage when compared to other application virtualization products such as Citrix. Deploy virtual applications to a wide range of devices, and access virtual applications using the Parallels client without having to install the application. Publish a website using URL to facilitate secure remote access to the company intranet, or even publish a shared folder available on the server using UNC path. File types can be automatically associated with the virtual applications, resulting in seamless integration between the device OS and virtual applications.


Great User Experience on Any Device

Deliver applications and remote desktops where and when you need them, on the device of your choice—mobile phone, desktop, or tablet.

Provide employees with a seamless transition between desktop and mobile. Even access apps from a desktop browser—without requiring any additional software—using the HTML5 client, which enables you to quickly access applications and virtual desktops with zero setup. No need for Flash, Java, or Silverlight.


Provide Secure Access

Virtual applications are never installed on the devices, and data never leaves the server. Data is centralized and secure, with multiple levels of security, including SSL encryption, dual factor authentication, and RDP tunneling, protecting access to virtual applications.

The application interface is presented on the user’s device using Remote Desktop Protocol; however, data traffic remains in the datacenter where it’s easier to secure. This lowers the risk of malicious entities gaining access to data through unsecured connections and VPN tunnels


Boost IT Management Capabilities 

Install applications on the server and present them on devices running the Parallels client. Serve thousands of users with just a few clicks, improving application deployment and software lifecycle management. Updating users to the latest version is even easier. Application compatibility with device OSes is not an issue; users can customize their app and seamlessly transition between desktop and mobile without compromising data, workflow, or productivity.





Remote Desktops & VDI

Parallels Remote Application Server allows you to easily deliver remote desktops using either a Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in a secure and easy-to-manage way. Securely deliver full desktops and offer a Windows desktop experience with maximum infrastructural flexibility to any device. Parallels Remote Application Server provides full centralized management for both technologies with flexibility.


Hypervisors & Microsoft RDS

Parallels Remote Application Server gives you the flexibility to use popular hypervisors and Microsoft RDS at the same time. Deliver the same features and functionality, with the same interface, regardless of the technology in use. Publish applications and desktops from terminal servers and virtually any hypervisor.


Simplified VDI Management

Automatically generate and deploy VDI desktops on demand, using customized templates. This allows you to automatically create and deploy Guests on the fly, saving your administrators a great deal of time. Create a virtual desktop once and replicate it as many times as you want.


Empowered Remote Desktop Services

Deliver secure and centrally managed on-demand access to Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2003, 2008/R2 and 2012/R2. Deliver Windows-based applications and a full desktop to Windows, Mac, Android, ChromeOS, Raspberry Pi, Linux and iOS endpoints. Solve the complexity of most IT environments by leveraging Microsoft RDS with Parallels Remote Application Server that’s simple to install and manage. It also simplifies complex tasks such as load balancing and universal printing.


Load Balancing

Parallels Remote Application Server helps applications run better, reduces virtual application ownership costs, optimizes the user experience, and ensures that applications are always available. Load balancing is Parallels Remote Application Server’s core routing solution, responsible for distributing application request traffic among servers hosting the same application content. Balancing application requests across multiple servers prevents any application server from becoming a single point of failure, thus improving overall application availability and responsiveness. Load balancing is available out of the box with a standard license and guarantees that computing resources are fully optimized. When compared with Citrix load balancing solutions, Parallels Remote Application Server is simple, automatic, and all-inclusive, with fewer moving parts. 



Load Balancing

Load balancing plays a critical role in application delivery. Distribute application request traffic among gateways as well as servers based on the resources available, dramatically improving the end user experience. Achieve a load balancing setup without complex network configuration or dedicated hardware.


Redundancy-High Availability

Provide intelligent health monitoring of applications and intelligently redirect users away from issues before they disrupt their session. Check all relevant services before forwarding a connection to a particular server or gateway, and ensure complete Remote Desktop Services and gateway redundancy with automatic failover protection in the event of system failure or downtime.


Easily Set Up and Resource-Based

Enable load balancing by default for all servers, with no configuration required. Use counters such as number of existing user sessions, memory, and CPU utilization to determine whether a server is busy. Reconnect disconnected servers by default so users don’t lose any work or data.

High Availability Gateway Load Balancing

HALB (High Availability Load Balancing) eliminates the constraints of multi-gateway environments by distributing incoming connections based on workload and dynamically directing traffic among healthy gateways. HALB also allows you to run many HALB appliances simultaneously, reducing the possibility of downtime and ensuring that applications are always available. 

  • Unlimited number of gateways supported

  • Virtual appliance; OVA, VMDK & VDH

  • Redundancy—Virtual IP technology

  • SSL decryption offloading available



Remote Access

Parallels Remote Application Server offers unique technology helping IT professionals achieve ultimate productivity without limits. Provide team access to desktop applications, files, and work resources as if they were native applications on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Use familiar touch gestures: select, copy, and paste text precisely. Pushing a small desktop button or dragging a picture with the natural one-finger lock is effortless.


Seamless Navigation

Use the touch mechanic gestures you know—swipe, drag, tap to click, zoom in—with any Windows application on your smartphone.



Parallels Client connects client devices to Parallels Remote Application Server applications and desktops via RDP protocol and SSL encryption for a secure and reliable connection.


Mobile Printing

Through the outstanding peripheral redirection technology of Parallels Client, iOS and Android devices can be used to print locally.

Empowered Mobile Workforce

Parallels Client allows end users to work effectively on smartphones and tablets while accessing applications, remote desktops, or data.

Avoid Eye Fatigue

Give your team’s eyes a break by viewing apps in full-screen on devices. Parallels Remote Application Server connects users to desktops and applications reliably anytime and anywhere. 




Easy Access

Parallels Client can be configured automatically by an invitation email from the Remote Application Server console, or accessed through a web portal.


Files and Folders

Access centralized files and folders with ease from any device, through a secure connection that doesn’t expose your assets or intellectual property. Parallels supports users looking to work remotely.


Maximized Flexibility

Parallels Remote Application Server can be accessed directly from any HTML5 browser, extending the user's freedom to work from any device, anytime.


Full-screen Applications

Mac and PC applications are adapted to fit the entire screen, so the applications are in fine detail, making it easier for users to interact with them.


Brilliant Mobile Experience

Select text or graphics with one finger, and easily drag and drop them for a seamless interactive experience. Using native controls, copy and paste between remote applications—or even between remote applications and device apps.


Optimized Screen Resolution

Choose either optimal readability with larger text and images, or more information with smaller text and greater detail.



Understanding server health and user activity is critical to designing and maintaining a high-performance virtual infrastructure. The Parallels Remote Application Server reporting engine transforms raw data into visual reports that can show, for example, application usage from Microsoft RDS and VDI. Unlike other solutions, this feature is available with a standard license and does not entail any additional license cost.


Transforming Data into Business Value

The reporting engine is a comprehensive reporting and monitoring solution that collects and consolidates key metrics in your environment from VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and RDS Host and RDP connections. It provides you with scheduled, easy-to-run reports showing user activity, server health, licensing trends, application usage, and performance.


Application Usage

Monitor application performance and detect the most-used applications, the number of users per application, and the number of started application instances. The tool is simple to use, capturing data from the servers without the need to deploy any extra agents.


Monitor Server Performance

Receive real-time insight into all users and processes running on RD Session Host and VDI, such as user count and process count, CPU, and memory usage. Discover and remove bottlenecks by evaluating server session activity. Save up to 30% of your hardware infrastructure by knowing how to reallocate your hardware resources.

Group Analysis

Analyze the dynamics of your team by Active Directory group. Detect the most active or most idle users, and receive automatic reports on them via email. Drill down data on each user per day, per server, and per state, or check the activity timeline to get more details on users.



Client Management

Parallels Remote Application Server provides a comprehensive solution for managing Windows XP, 7, 8.1, and 10, going beyond conventional application delivery and controlling the underlying Windows devices from a central interface. Desktop replacement extends the life of Windows machines, transforming them into pseudo thin clients and increasing PC manageability and security.


Extended Windows PC Lifestyle

Achieve cost savings in hardware replacement by converting Windows PCs into pseudo thin clients. Continue using Windows legacy OSes to securely run virtual applications while also restricting access to native OS features. What’s more, the administrator can choose which applications a user runs locally and remotely on a PC.


Device Management

Centrally manage connected PCs, with an extensive policy setting to mass manage sessions and Windows devices. Administrators can check the status of all Windows devices and sessions (i.e., booting, restarting, logged on) and automate the power cycles. Session management allows administrators to interact with any ongoing connections on the Remote Application Server.


Remote Access

Enable instant, easy, and secure remote access to Windows PCs. Shadowing (remote access) allows technicians to take control of Windows PCs directly from the Parallels interface. Parallels Remote Application Server is the only solution that provides remote assistance to any user on the local as well as virtual application.


Automated Configuration

Terminal server configuration is critical for providing effective business service. However, it can be difficult to configure a terminal server to publish applications and desktops. Several dozen different configuration parameters are required to implement RDS on a Windows® server, and the misconfiguration or disregard of a single setting can cause a malfunction or delay in deployment.

Parallels Remote Applications Server offers a set of intuitive wizards to quickly automate terminal server configuration, allowing IT administrators to set up complex configurations easily. A welcome screen greets administrators and guides them through a Startup Wizard at the beginning of the console's installation process. Once an administrator adds a terminal server and publishes the required applications, the system is ready to use. Users receive invitation emails that automatically grant them access to the published applications so they are immediately able to work remotely.


Terminal Servers Configuration

The Parallels Terminal Server Configuration Wizard guides administrators to set up a Windows server from which applications will be published. The Windows server is added to the server farm in few easy steps.

The administrator selects an available server discovered in the network or added manually using an IP address or server name. The Wizard can detect if the RDS role is enabled on a remote server and can install it if the RDS role is not enabled.


Publishing Applications

The Parallels Application Publishing Wizard helps administrators publish applications to users. In just four steps, administrators can quickly identify and deploy applications installed on available terminal servers.

The administrator can choose to publish applications from either an individual server or groups of servers. Applications available on these servers are presented to the administrator for easy selection.


Inviting Users to Access Applications

The Invite Users Wizard guides administrators to set up and send invitation emails to users. Parallels Remote Application Server supports multiple platforms, ranging from Windows PCs and Mac® to mobile iOS and Android™ devices, Chrome™ Apps, and even Raspberry Pi. The invitation email includes five steps designed to reduce the complexities involved in the installation and client rollout process.

Devices used by employees are selected, and an invitation email with client installation and auto-configuration instructions is then sent to end users. 





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