Configuring a Terminal Server

To access the properties of a Terminal Server highlight the server from the navigation tree in the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server Console and select Properties from the Tasks drop down menu. All of the below configuration options can be configured from the Server Properties.

Enabling or Disabling a Terminal Servers

By default a server is enabled in the farm. When it is disabled, published applications and virtual desktops cannot be served from it.

To disable a server from the farm untick the option Enable Server in farm from the Properties tab in the Server Properties. Tick back (enable) any of the tick boxes to enable the server back in the farm.

Properties Tab in Server Properties

Configuring Server Name and Maximum Sessions

From the Properties tab shown in the above screenshot you can also configure the server name, maximum number of sessions allowed to connect to the server simultaneously and the server description.

Configuring the 2X Terminal Server Agent on the Server

Each Terminal Server in the farm has a 2X Agent installed to provide a connection between the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server and the Terminal Server. The agent can be configured from the Agent Settings tab in the server properties.

Configuring Terminal Server Agent from the Agent Settings Tab in Server Properties

Configuring the Remote Desktop Connection Port

Specify a different remote desktop connection port number in the Port input field if a non default port is configured on the server.

Changing the Direct Address

This address is only used in Direct Connection mode and it could be an internal or external IP address. To change the Direct Address of a server tick the option Change Direct Address and specify the new address in the Direct Address input field.

Changing the Session Timeout

To change the amount of time each session remains connected in the background after the user has closed the published application specify a new value in the Publishing Session Timeout input field. This option is used to avoid unnecessary reconnections with the server.

Configuring URL and Mail Redirect / Restricting Access

To allow http and mailto links to be opened using a local application on the client computer rather than the server’s resources, enable the option Allow Client URL/Mail Redirection. To configure a list of URLs which should not be redirected navigate to the URL Redirection tab in the Settings node of a site.

Allow 2XRemoteExec to send commands to client

To allow a process which is running on the server to instruct the client to deploy an application on the client side, enable this option. For more information about 2XRemoteExec refer to the following article:

Use RemoteApps if available

Enable this option to allow use of remote apps for shell related issues when an app is not displayed correctly. This feature is supported on the 2X RDP client for Windows only.

Configuring 2X Terminal Server Agent Logging

To enable or disable the 2X Terminal Server Agent logging use the Logging drop down menu. Such logging should only be enabled if instructed by the Parallels 2X support team.

Configuring RDP Printing for Terminal Server

The RDP Printer tab allows you to configure the renaming format of redirected printers.  The format may vary depending on which version and language of the server you are using.

Configuring RDP Printers from the RDP Printer Tab in Server Properties

Set your RDP Printer Name Format specifically for the configured server by choosing any of the below options from the RDP Printer Name Format drop down menu:

  • Printername (from Computername) in Session no.
  • Session no. (computername from) Printername
  • Printername (redirected Session no.)

The other RDP Printing options available in the RDP Printer tab are:

  • Remove session number from printer name
  • Remove client name from printer name

Configuring Terminal Server Maintenance Time Window

From the Scheduler tab in the server properties you can create and configure a maintenance time window for the server. During a maintenance window published resources won’t be accessible from that server. Current active sessions can be left running, disconnected or even reset.

Configuring Maintenance Time Window from the Scheduler Tab in Server Properties

To configure a maintenance time window click the Add button to configure the:

  • Start date
  • Time
  • Duration
  • Repeat: from this option configure the repeat interval of the maintenance time window, for example every week, month etc.

Configuring a New Maintenance Time Window

Once you configure the time for the maintenance window, use the drop down menu On Disable at the bottom of the Scheduler tab to specify what happens of the current sessions once the server has been disabled for maintenance.