Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) simplifies end user computing for service providers (SPs) and enterprises by enabling the faster launch of applications, provides additional security features such as integration with Google Authenticator, and has a new web-based helpdesk console to more easily manage Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop as a service (DaaS) infrastructure.
Parallels offers a free 30-day, full-featured trial of Parallels RAS 17, including 50 concurrent user licenses, at parallels.com/ras.
Some new features include:
Session Pre-Launch:Increase employee productivity and satisfaction by enabling Session Pre-Launch functionality to automatically save valuable time for the user and organization. No more waiting for applications to launch every workday. Parallels RAS 17 uses machine learning (ML) to map users’ computing habits, applications used and login time, enabling it to pre-launch everything so users can be immediately productive when they begin their workday. Another benefit is automatic host pool workload management, preventing login storms during peak hours. Watch this demo video:https://youtu.be/qK-dKVNx_vA.
Google Authenticator:Parallels RAS integrates with Google MFA Authenticator to provide an additional layer of security using a time-based one-time password. This enables organizations of any size to easily secure their access with ease and at no additional cost. Watch this demo video:https://youtu.be/twTMWGZSY40.
Granular Permissions for Administrators:IT administrators can configure specific permissions to different administrators and delegate control of Parallels RAS objects, including RAS infrastructure components, Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), session management and much more. This provides management flexibility while keeping security high. Watch this demo video:https://youtu.be/Pt8ud_bTnJE.
Windows Server 2019 Support:Parallels RAS 17 supports Windows Server 2019, allowing Parallels RAS to leverage the advanced features of the latest version of Microsoft RDS and Hyper-V.
Web-based Helpdesk Console:Parallels RAS Helpdesk Web Consolegives administrators and delegated admins access to manage RDSH sessions, VDI and applications. Watch this demo video:https://youtu.be/_FMBGz5dPtY.
REST API:Parallels RAS 17 introduces a new API for easier integration with scheduling and workflow applications, alongside the existing PowerShell API. This new approach enables larger enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs) and SPs to quickly integrate Parallels RAS into their ecosystem.
Improved VDI Security:Parallels RAS now prevents unwanted access to VDI by dynamically managing users’ remote access rights as required, by enabling remote access permissions during login and revoking permissions during logoff.