Version 17 Core Features

Checkout Parallels RAS 17 core features

Google Authenticator (MFA)

Extra layer of security (MFA) without any additional cost.

Session pre-launch

Artificial Intelligence (AI) based session pre-launch technology.

Web-based console

Monitoring and performing management tasks from any browser.

REST API

Simplifies integration of RAS within partner ecosystem.

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Extending MFA options with Google Authenticator

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Extending MFA options with Google Authenticator

The Google Authenticator passcode streamlines the management two-factor authentication access for mobile workforces.

  • Organizations that have a large number of remote (mobile) users and want to reduce the cyber-attack risks of identity thefts.
  • Second point: Businesses that want to enable an industry-leading, standard time-based algorithm to secure corporate assets.
  • Customers already utilizing Google Authenticator as part of their security solution can now integrate directly with the Parallels RAS environment.

AI-based session pre-launch for ultra-fast login

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AI-based session pre-launch for ultra-fast login

Parallels RAS introduces Artificial Intelligence (AI) based session pre-launch technology, allowing users to access their virtual workspace instantly, increasing the UX and boosting efficiency and productivity!

  • AI analyzes user login habits to pre-launch sessions, significantly reducing login time
  • AI distributes the back-end workload to prevent log-on storms during peak hours.

Web-based console (helpdesk)

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Web-based console (helpdesk)

New web-based console to provide more flexibility for the IT administrators, allowing monitoring of the Parallels RAS infrastructure, and performing management from any HTML5 browser.

  • Reset a session
  • Kill processes
  • Log off a user session
  • Troubleshoot user sessions from this web-based console

Representational State Transfer (REST) API

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Representational State Transfer (REST) API

Parallels RAS introduces REST API, allowing organizations to streamline their web services by orchestrating Parallels RAS operations with their product ecosystem.

  • Simplifies integration of RAS within partner ecosystem.
  • Business automation is possible, enables new services.

Additional Features

More About Parallels RAS 17

Granular permissions

Structured management with granular administrator permissions

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Granular permissions

Structured management with granular administrator permissions

Version 17 provides more granular options, such as View, Modify, Add, and Delete permissions for IT administrators on specified RAS components such as:

  • RAS infrastructure servers
  • RDSH management
  • Session management
  • Client management

IT administrators can configure specific permissions to different administrators and delegate control of Parallels RAS objects, offering flexibility of management while keeping security high.

Windows Server

Windows Server 2019 support

Windows Server

Windows Server 2019 support

As the technology is rapidly evolving, Parallels RAS 17 leverages the advanced features and support that Microsoft Windows Server 2019 bring with it, including Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Such improvements make IT management easier though simplified RD license management, a better user experience with enhanced and optimized video stream quality and lower bandwidth requirements, and the support of Microsoft Office 2019.

Parallels RAS components such as Publishing Agent, RAS Gateway, RD Session Hosts, and VDI hosts can be hosted on Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Parallels RAS can provision, scale, and maintain virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) on Microsoft Hyper-V 2019.

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VDI Improvements

Version 17 – The Next Generation VDI

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VDI Improvements

Version 17 – The Next Generation VDI

Parallels RAS makes VDI a tangible reality for SME, by providing a quick, easy, and affordable digital transformation.

  • Cluster and resource pool
  • Dedicated tab for VDI management
  • VDI session management
  • Add new VDI desktops directly from template
  • New VDI actions (logoff/disconnect)
  • VDI desktop defaults
  • Dynamic Security Permissions
  • Support for Scale Computing HC3

Console server tools

Parallels RAS Console server tools

Console server tools

Parallels RAS Console server tools

Parallels RAS 17 enables instant access to a predefined set of management tools directly from the Parallels RAS Console, such as network utilities (Netstat/Telnet to and from hosts), Windows Service Management Console, reboot/shutdown actions, and much more. In addition, custom tools can be configured and made available directly from the Parallels RAS Console to further facilitate day-to-day IT management.

Centralize, streamline, and speed up Parallels RAS farm server's maintenance using the Parallels RAS Console as a single point of management. Save time by performing remote actions quickly and centrally on several servers, reducing IT management overhead.

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Scale Computing

Turn-key VDI solution with Scale Computing HC3 support

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Scale Computing

Turn-key VDI solution with Scale Computing HC3 support

Parallels RAS supports Scale Computing’s HC3, a new hyperconverged infrastructure solution that combines compute, storage, virtualization, backup, and disaster recovery in a single appliance.

HC3 uses Scale Computing’s own KVM-based hypervisor, HyperCore Operating System (HCOS), positioning itself as a cost-effective, easy-to-use hyperconverged solution—qualities that perfectly match those of Parallels RAS.

This new capability essentially allows Parallels RAS to spin up and manage RAS VDI VMs through Scale Computing HC3 API, making VDI solutions faster, more affordable, and easier to use.

New Reports

New reporting and monitoring capabilities

New Reports

New reporting and monitoring capabilities

Parallels RAS 17 introduces new reports related to application usage and tunneled gateway sessions. Moreover, the Parallels RAS monitoring engine supports multiple RAS Farms, RAS Sites, and different virtual RD Session Groups, centralizing the monitoring across multiple RAS deployments. In addition, administrators can create custom reports, improving day-to-day management activities.

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Innovative Team

Meet Our Awesome Technical Experts

Victor Paul Fiss

Parallels RAS 17 enables MFA at zero cost by supporting Google Authenticator

Victor Paul Fiss

Director of Sales Engineering
Don Clemmer

Parallels RAS 17 session pre-launch reduces user's login time, whilst improving the UX

Timo Stubel

Pre Sales
Engineer
Paul Fisher

Parallels RAS 17 leverages all the advantages of Windows Server 2019 - Microsoft RDS and Hyper-V

Paul Fisher

Pre-Sales
Engineer
Malcolm Aber

Parallels RAS 17 allows IT to perform management tasks from any web browser

Malcolm Aber

Lead Sales
Engineer EMEA

QUESTION AND ANSWER

Most Common and Important Answer

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Parallels RAS Overview

Parallels RAS is a cost-effective application delivery and VDI solution that enables users to access published resources from anywhere—on any web browser, and on any device. Our cloud-ready software empowers organizations to embrace digital transformation by streamlining infrastructure deployment and management via auto-scaling, process automation, integrated AI, out-of-the-box load-balancing, and device redirection.

Parallels RAS provides users with a brilliant mobile experience, enabling them to be just as productive as they would on a traditional computer. Parallels technology allows the use of iOS and Android native gestures—such as swipe, drag, tap to click, and zoom in—on published applications and desktops.

Parallels RAS helps address several business needs but the most common ones are the following:

  • Coping with the growing demand for remote work - Over 50% of workers are already working remotely, either part-time or fulltime. Those numbers are expected to climb even more as millennials, known for their preference for work flexibility, gradually take over the workforce. This practice can be best supported through Parallels RAS-delivered applications and desktops, which provide users with virtual workspaces anytime, anywhere.

  • Securing BYOD and mobile device-heavy environments - With organizations increasingly getting flooded with mobile devices, the task of securing those devices is becoming more challenging. At the same time, the chances of misplaced and stolen devices, and consequently data loss, is getting higher. Parallels RAS, through its highly centralized and inherently secure architecture, mitigates a lot of the risks and vulnerabilities associated with mobile device-heavy environments while simplifying the security responsibilities of IT.

  • Adopting a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy Today, the challenge is no longer how to migrate to the cloud. Rather, it’s now how to adopt a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy. While businesses are already convinced of the benefits of building hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructures, they’re still having difficulty implementing them. Parallels RAS helps simplify hybrid and multi-cloud adoption by enabling organizations to deploy virtual applications and desktops on any cloud infrastructure, I.e. public, private, hybrid, or even hyperconverged infrastructures.

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What is Parallels RAS?

Parallels RAS–Easy to Use, Flexible, and Cost-Effective VDI Solution

Parallels RAS is a cost-effective application delivery and VDI solution that enables user access to published resources from any device, empowering organizations to collaborate in digital workspace.

  • Simplicity of deployment and maintenance
  • Pervasive Security
  • Seamless End User Experience
  • Technology Agility
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