Review, Add and Set a New Parallels 2X Remote Application Server Connection


The connections screen lists your Parallels 2X Remote Application Server and RDP connections. You can add, edit or delete existing connections.

To ‘Add’ an additional connection, tap on ‘+’ to the top right hand corner of the app.

To edit an existing connection, tap  on the listed connection and tap ‘Edit’.

To delete an existing connection, tap   and tap on ‘Delete’.

If you do not have any connection configured you will be automatically presented with an option to add a new one as shown above.

Adding a New Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection

Tap on Parallels 2X Remote Application Server to add a Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection.

Note: Additional functionality is available when using a Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection. The ‘Activate Keyboard’, ‘URL redirection’, Universal Printing and Mail redirection features are available only when using Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection to connect to remote computer.

Connection Settings

The screen above provides you with the connection settings needed to configure your Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection on your Android device.

When all of the information needed is entered, tap on ‘Menu’, then tap ‘Save’. Tapping on the back button will also save your connection settings. Settings mentioned below with a * are required.

Alias

Enter an Alias name that describes your Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection.  The ‘Alias’ name gives the connection a display name for better readability.

*Server

Enter the primary server name or IP address of the connection. This should be the name or IP where the 2X Secure Client Gateway resides.

Secondary Server

If you have more than one Gateway available to connect to your farm, you can use a secondary connection. The client will use the secondary connection should the primary server fail.

*Port

Enter the port number.  For all Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connections the default port is either 80 or 443.

Note:  In order to connect through the 2X Secure Client Gateway you will need to set the port number that was configured on the 2X Secure Client Gateway Port.

*User Name/Password

Enter your account user name, i.e.: user@domain. When setting up a Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection, the Password is not required, but for best security you should always enter a password during login. You should not exceed 127 characters.

Connection Mode

Select a Connection Mode for your Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection.  Choose from the following:

Gateway Mode: Clients are connected with the 2X Secure Client Gateway and the session connection is tunneled through the first available connection.  This mode is ideal for servers which are only reachable via the gateway and do not require a high level of security.

Gateway SSL Mode: This connection is created as in the Direct Mode option, but the connection to the 2X Secure Client Gateway is encrypted.

Direct Mode: Clients first connect to the 2X Secure Client Gateway for the best available server and then connect directly with that particular server.  This is best used when the client and the server are on the same network.

Direct Mode is the most efficient connection mode, since the gateway connection is temporary with a minimal data load.

Direct SSL Mode: Clients first connect to the 2X Secure Client Gateway using SSL for the best available server and then connect directly with that particular server.  This is best used when the client and the server are on the same network and high security safeguards are required.

Display Settings

Graphics acceleration setting does not affect connections with color depth less than 32 bit.

None: Suitable for devices with low processing capabilities.

Basic: Requires additional processing power from the client device to support improved image compression. Suitable for devices with average processing capabilities and average latency network environments.

RemoteFX: Generates the most fluid remote session experience. Suitable for devices with average processing capabilities and average to low latency network environments.

Note: Color depth is forced to 32bpp

Parallels 2X RDP Client for Android – Color Depth Settings

Color Depth: Select your preferred color depth by choosing from the options available. High Color (16 bit) is recommended.

Resolution: Choose your desired resolution.  A larger screen size will require more memory and could result in decreased performance with your device.

Custom Resolution: You can specify a custom resolution other than the ones listed. If you select custom resolution you will have to specify the display width and height from the display settings.

Full Screen – Auto fit Applications: Enable this option to be resize the application to the display size when rotating your device.

Full Screen – Normal: The connection will use less server resources.

Printing Settings

2X Universal Printing

Disable: Disables your ability to redirect printing devices from published resources.

Print: With this option enabled, selecting to print from a published resource will redirect the print job to the selected printer.

View: With this option enabled, selecting to print from a published resource will open the the document in PDF format.

Default Printer

None:  Default printer for the session is chosen depending on the server settings.

2X Universal Printer: The 2X Universal Printer is automatically selected in the print dialogue

Custom: The default printer is set to the custom name defined in the “Custom Printer Name” text field shown above.

Match exact printer Name: Enable this option automatically set the printer with a name that matches exatly the name specified in the “Custom Printer Name” text field. If disabled, the first printer on the server that partially matches the printer name will be set as default.

Local Resources Settings

Drive Redirection: Enable this option to redirect storage drives to the Android devices internal SD Card.

Set Custom Redirection Path: Browse the Android devices directory and define the path storage drives will be redirected to. Press "Reset" to set the path to SD card (i.e. default path), "Set Path" to set the path to the current directory (i.e. not really optional) or "Cancel"  to leave the settings as they are.

Sound Redirection can be configured using the settings as shown below:

Do Not Play: Choosing this setting will not play sound.

Leave At Remote Computer: Enabling this setting, sound would be available on the remote computer.

Redirect to device: Choosing this setting will redirect sound played on the remote computer to the Android device.

Experience Settings


Connection Speed: Select the suitable connection speed to match your environment for the most fluid experience.

Desktop Background: When enabled, this setting shows the desktop background image.

Font Smoothing: This setting smoothes out all fonts for improved readability.

Menu and Windows Animation:  When unchecked, the menus and windows will show instantly.

Desktop Composition:  Desktop composition changes the way windows are drawn on the screen.

Show Contents While Dragging:  Enable this option to view contents of entire window when dragging.

Themes: Use the Remote Desktop ‘themes’ when enabled.

Bitmap Caching/ Enable Compression: It is recommended to enable compression and bitmap caching which allows you a more efficient connection.

Note:  If you are using a connection to a remote computer in a local network that runs at 100MBit or up, it is usually safe to have all of the experience options turned on.

Enable Auto Shortcuts: If from the server side the published application is set to ‘Create Shortcut on Desktop’, when getting application listing from a Parallels 2X Remote Application Server connection a shortcut of the application is created on the main menu.

To get the shortcut, press refresh to obtain application listing.

Network Settings

These settings allow you to configure your network settings so you will be able to connect to the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server using a proxy.

Proxy Settings

Proxy Server Type: Tap here to be able to connect to a Proxy Server. The following are different proxy connection types that can be used:

  • SOCKS4 - Enable this option to transparently use the service of a network firewall.
  • SOCKS4A - Enable this option to allow a client that cannot connect to resolve the destination host’s name to specify it.
  • SOCKS5 - Enable this option to be able to connect using authentication.
  • HTTP 1.1 - Enable this option to connect using the standard HTTP 1.1 protocol connections.

After selecting a connection type, the Proxy Host (domain name or IP Address) and port number have to be specified.

Proxy authentication can be enabled only with SOCKS5 and HTTP 1.1.

Authentication

Connect: Connect to server regardless of whether the certificate is valid or not.

Warn: If the RDP server's certificate is not valid, the user will asked if he wants to continue with the connection.

Do not connect: If the RDP server's certificate is not valid, do not connect to the RDP server.

Advanced Settings

Network Level Authentication: Check this option to enable network level authentication which will require the client to authenticate themselves before connecting to the server.

Pre Windows 2000 Login Format: Enable this option to use ‘domain\user’ as login format to log into your remote desktop computer. When this setting is enabled, connections using Microsoft accounts will not be successful.

URL Redirection: Enable this option to use the local web browser when opening ‘http:’ links.

Mail Redirection: Enable this option to use the local mail client when opening ‘mailto:’ links.

Connect to Console: RDP connection only - connects to remote machine in admin mode.Enable this option to connect to the console session of the terminal server.

Override Computer Name: The ‘Override computer name’ field would be the name that your computer will use during a Remote Desktop session.

If set, this will override the default computer name. Any filtering set by the administrator with Parallels 2X Remote Application Server will make use of the ‘Override computer name’.