Parallels Remote Application Server Connection

Whether you are adding a new Parallels Remote Application Server connection for the first time, or if you are adding an additional connection, the Connection Properties Dialog Box opens so that you are able to fully configure your connection. All existing connections will show on the Info tab, as shown below.

Parallels Remote Application Server connection

Connection Tab

Parallels Remote Application Server connection Properties – Connection tab.

In the Connection Settings area, enter the Primary Server name or IP address, in the ‘Primary Connection’ field. This should be the name or IP where the 2X Secure Client Gateway resides.

If your administrator enabled ‘Broadcast 2X Secure Client Gateway Address’ option on the server, you can click on the browse  button ‘…’ and you should see the available Parallels Remote Application Server connection in your area.

If you do not see any Parallels Remote Application Server connection, simply ask your administrator for the application server IP and port and add this information manually.

In the ‘Connection Mode’ field there are four types available:

  • 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:  Connection is made as in the regular gateway mode, but the connection 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 SSL Mode:  This connection is created as in the Direct Mode option, but the connection to the 2X Secure Client Gateway is encrypted.

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 on the Connection Settings page. (Default Gateway Port 80/443)

If you have more than one Gateway available to connect to your farm, you should add them as secondary connections.  The client will use these connections if the primary server should fail.

You can also add a Secondary Server, if a backup 2X Secure Client Gateway is available.

Secondary Connections

Click on the ‘Secondary Connections’ button and you will be able to change the ‘Alias’ for the name of the farm which is displayed in the client main list.

You can move the servers up or down in the list, you can ‘Add’, ‘Edit’ or ‘Delete’.

Logon Panel

Check the ‘Auto Logon’ box to enable the 2X Client to connect automatically instead of displaying the logon page every time you need to access the Parallels Remote Application Server connection.

To use the local system credentials when connecting with a particular Parallels Remote Application Server connection; enable ‘Use System Credentials (SSO).  When you enable this option, you will automatically login when connecting with the 2X Secure Client Gateway and the Remote Desktops.

Logon Panel on the Connection Tab

NOTE: You will need to install this module when installing the 2X Client to be able to use the SSO.

In the ‘Logon’ section, enter your username, password and domain to be used when retrieving your published applications.

This information is encrypted and saved locally under the HKCU hive.

Display Tab

Select your preferred resolution by selecting one of the options from the drop down list. You can set the connection to use the available area, a predefined resolution, full screen or a custom resolution. If you select ‘Custom’ you will have to enter the width and the height in the enabled text boxes. The user can also change the following settings:

Display Tab

Use primary monitor only 

Enable this to start published applications in your primary monitor only and not have it span through all the monitors connected to your system.

Smart sizing 

Desktop smart sizing will scale the RDP desktop to fit the connection window.

Embed desktop in Launcher

Enable this option to access the published desktop inside the 2X Client

Span desktop across all monitors

Enable this option to span the published desktops across all connected monitors.

Display connection bar in full screen mode

Enable this option to show the connection bar when connecting in full screen mode.

Printing Tab

In this section you can configure the Printing Settings used in the current connection.

Printing Tab

Technology

You can configure the technology to be used when redirecting printers to remote computers. You can select one of the following:

None – Select this option if you don’t want any printing redirection to be configured.

RAS Universal Printing technology

Select this option if you want to use RAS Universal Printing technology when redirecting printers to the remote computer.

Microsoft Basic Printing Redirection technology

Select this option if you want to use Microsoft Basic printing technology when redirecting printers to the remote computer.

RAS Universal Printing and Microsoft Basic redirection technologies

Select this option if you want to redirect printers using both RAS Universal Printing and Microsoft Basic redirection technologies.

RAS Universal Printing

In this section you can configure the settings for RAS Universal Printing if this technology was previously selected.

RAS Universal Printing Tab

Select which printers to redirect by selecting one of the following options:

All

All the printers on the client side will be redirected.

Default

Only the client windows default printer will be redirected.

Specific Only

Only the selected printers from the list will be redirected.

Additional options can be configured by clicking ‘Options…’ and the following window is shown.

RAS Universal Printing Options

Select data format for the print jobs from one of the following options:

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Use vector format and embedded fonts.

Enhanced Meta File (EMF)

Use vector format and embedded fonts.

Bitmap (BMP)

Bitmap images.

You can choose to configure printer preferences before printing. You can select:

Never show the preference window

The printer preferences window will never be shown before printing.

Show Preference window for all printers

The printer preferences window will be shown for all printers before printing.

Show the preferences window only for the following printers

The printer preferences window will be shown for all selected printers from the list box which is enabled when this setting is selected.

Default printer settings

To configure the default printer settings, from the printing page click ‘Change Default Printer settings…’ and the following window will be shown:

Default Printer Settings

The default printer list shows the available printers that are ready to be redirected by the client to the remote computer. The list also includes the printing technology that the available printers will use. The technology reflects the setting selected as described in the section ‘Technology’. For example, if the technology was set to RAS Universal Printing technology, only the printers using the RAS Universal Printing technology will be listed.

To disable the default printer, select ‘<none>’ from the list.

To redirect the default local printer on the client side to the remote computer, select <defaultlocalprinter> from the list.

When custom is selected, you can specify a custom printer which might be installed on the remote computer. The first printer that matches the printer name inserted in the custom text box, will be set as the default printer on the remote computer.

Select ‘Match exact printer name’ to match the name exactly as inserted in the custom text box.

Please note that the remote printer name might differ from the original printer name.

Also note that local printers might not be redirected due to server settings or policies.

Default printer options

Default Printer Options

You can specify the time a printer will be forced as default. If the default printer is changed during this time after the connection is established, the printer is re set as default.

 

Check the ‘Update the remote default printer if the local default printer is changed’. If you would like that the remote default printer is changed automatically when the local default printer is changed. Please note that the new printer must have been previously redirected.

Scanning Tab

From the ‘Universal Scanning’ tab you can set which scanner type and also which specific scanner you want to use when one is required by a published application. A scanner can be selected before every scan or a specific scanner can be set.

2X Client – Options - Universal Scanning tab

RAS Universal Scanning uses TWAIN, as well as WIA redirection to let any application using either technology hardware connected to the client device for scanning. From the “Use” drop down select:

None

Disables Scanning

WIA

Redirect WIA scanners only

TWAIN

Redirect TWAIN scanners only

WIA and TWAIN

Redirect WIA & TWAIN scanners

Further select which scanner to redirect by selecting one of the following options:

All

All the scanners on the client side will be redirected.

Specific Only

Only the selected scanners from the list will be redirected.

Local Resources Tab

If you want to configure how local resources are handled by the Remote Desktop, simply click on the ‘Local Resources’ tab and select the options you want (these are the same options available with the regular Microsoft RDP Client).

2X Client – Parallels Remote Application Server connection Properties – Local Resources tab.

Audio Settings

From the “Remote Audio” section, click the configure button to bring up the “Audio settings” Dialogue below:

From the “Remote computer” drop down, select one of the options below:

Bring to this computer

Selecting this option, the sound playing on the remote computer will be played on the local computer.

Do not play

Selecting this option, no sound would be played.

Leave at remote computer

Selecting this option, sound would be played only on the remote computer but not on the local computer.

From the “Quality” drop down select one of the options below:

Dynamically adjust based on available bandwidth

With this option selected, the 2X RDP client will adjust sound quality automatically based on network bandwidth.

Always use medium audio quality

With this option selected, audio quality is always set for best performance.

Always use uncompressed audio quality

With this option selected, audio is optimized for best quality.

Audio recording                                  

Audio recording devices(Windows 7, 2008 or higher).

Keyboard

This option has effect only when deploying desktop sessions. Select any of the options described below:

On the local computer

Selecting this option, will allow the Windows key combinations to be applied on the local computer.

On the remote computer

Selecting this option, will allow the Windows key combinations to be applied on the remote computer.

In full screen mode only

Selecting this option, Windows key combinations would be applied on the remote session only when in full screen mode. In window mode the keys will be applied to the local computer.

Local Devices

Select which devices you would like to redirect to the remote session:

DEVICES TYPE                         NOTES

Disk drives                                          Local Drives (e.g. C:\, d:\)

Serial ports                                         Local Serial and Parallel Communication ports

Smart Cards                                       Smart Cards readers

Devices                                       Mobile devices (e.g. iPhone, Android devices)

To configure printers for a Parallels Remote Application Server connection click the link shown.

Configure Drives

You can select which drive to redirect to the remote computer. To do so click the ‘Configure Drives…’ button and the following window will be shown.

2X Client – Parallels Remote Application Server Properties – Local Resources tab.

Use all disk drives available

Selecting this option, all the drives detected on the local machine will be redirected to the session on the remote computer. If this is unselected, only the selected drives from the list box will be redirected.

Use also disk drives that I plug in later

Selecting this option would redirect any drives that the user will hot plug after the session is established (such as USB flash drives etc).

Configure Devices

You can select which Devices to redirect to the remote computer. To do so click the ‘Configure Devices…’ button and the following window will be shown.

2X Client – Parallels Remote Application Server Properties – Local Resources tab.

Use all disk devices available

Selecting this option, all the devices detected on the local machine will be redirected to the session on the remote computer. If this is unselected, only the selected devices from the list box will be redirected.

Use also devices that I plug in later

Selecting this option would redirect any devices that the user will hot plug after the session is established (such as USB flash drives etc).

Show Previously connected Devices

Selecting this option would show devices which were previously connected to the remote computer.

Experience Tab

The Experience tab allows you to tweak the connection speed to optimize the performance of the connection with the remote host.

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.

It is also recommended to enable compression to have a more efficient connection.

2X Client – Parallels Remote Application Server Properties – Experience tab.

Network Tab

Select the Network Tab to configure your network settings so you will be able to connect to the Parallels Remote Application Server using a proxy.

To be able to connect to a Proxy Server, check the ‘Use Proxy Server’ box. The following are different proxy connection types that can be used:

2X Client – Parallels Remote Application Server Properties – Network tab

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.

For SOCKS5 and HTTP 1.1 connections, authentication has to be enabled, check the Proxy Requires Authentication checkbox, and enter user credentials.

Check ‘Use user logon credentials’ to use the user logon credentials when authenticating with the proxy server.

Authentication Tab

On the Authentication tab the user can modify what happens when the authentication fails.  

Authentication Tab

There are three ways authentication failure can be managed:

Connect - the user can ignore the certificate of the server and still connect.

Warn - the user is alerted about the certificate and still has the ability to choose whether he wants to connect or not.

Do not connect - the user is not allowed to connect if he is not authenticated.

Advanced Settings Tab

Parallels Remote Application Server Properties – Advanced Settings

Use Client System Colors

Enable this option to use the client system colors instead those specified on the Remote Desktop.

Use Client System Settings

Enable this option to use the client system settings instead those specified on the terminal server.

Create shortcuts configured on server

For each published application, the administrator can configure shortcuts on the clients’ desktop and Start menu folder. With this option one can choose to have or not to have these shortcuts.

Register file extensions associated from the server

For each published application, the administrator can associate certain file extensions. With this option the client can choose whether to register these file extensions or not.

Redirect URLs to this computer

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

Redirect Mail to this computer

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

Always ask for credentials when starting applications

If this option is enabled then the user will be prompted to enter their credentials when starting applications.

Allow Server to send commands to be executed by client

Enable this option to allow commands being received from the server to be executed by the client.

Confirm Server commands before executing them

If this option is enabled a message is displayed on the client to confirm any commands before being executed from the server.

Network Level Authentication

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

Connection Advanced Settings

Click on Connection Advanced Settings’ button to further configure the connection settings.

Connection Advanced Settings

‘Connection Timeout’ is the amount of time the client will try to connect to the Parallels Remote Application Server until the connection is aborted. While the connection is being established, the Connection Banner will be shown.

You can set after how long the banner will be shown by setting the time in seconds in the ‘Show Connection Banner if connection is not established within: field.

If a published application is not launched within the time specified in the Show Desktop if published application does not start within’ field, the server’s desktop will be loaded. This is helpful if an error occurred on the server while launching an application. By loading the server’s desktop, the error can be seen.

Check the ‘Reconnect if connection is dropped’ checkbox and set the number of ‘Connection Retries’ field.  If a connection is dropped the 2X Client can automatically try to reconnect.

The ‘Override computer name’ field should 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 Remote Application Server will make use of the ‘Override computer name’.