Installing an Appliance and Configuring a VDI Host

For some of the Hypervisors such as VMWare ESXi server, you have to configure and run an appliance instead of the 2X agent. An appliance is a pre-configured virtual machine (including the operating system and other relevant settings) which you can add to the list of virtual machines running on the hypervisor to act as a 2X Agent.

Installing the Appliance

To install an appliance on a hypervisor refer to the hypervisor’s documentation found in the Parallels 2X documentation page; http://www.2x.com/learn/documentation/.

Configuring a VDI Host

To access the properties of a VDI Host 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.

Note: Some of the settings mentioned below might be unavailable out for some servers. This depends on the type of hypervisor server being used.

Enabling or Disabling a VDI Servers in the Farm

By default a VDI host 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.

Configuring VDI Host Connection Settings

From the Properties tab in the Server Properties you can configure any of the below settings:

  • VDI Type
  • VDI Version
  • VDI Host IP Address or FQDN
  • VDI Port
  • VDI Agent IP Address (if the agent is running on an appliance)
  • Username and Password in case server requires different credentials

Configuring the Properties and connection settings of a VDI Host

Configuring the 2X VDI Agent on the Server

Each VDI Host server in the farm has a 2X Agent installed (or running as an appliance) to provide a connection between the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server and the VDI Host.  The agent can be configured from the Agent Settings tab in the server properties.

Configuring VDI Agent from the Agent Settings Tab in the VDI Host Properties

Changing the Direct Address

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

Changing the Maximum Number of Connections to the VDI Host

You can change the maximum number of connections that can connect to the VDI host from the Max Connections input field. Click the Default button to reset the value to the default configured value.

Change 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 guests.

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.

Configuring 2X VDI Agent Logging

To enable or disable the 2X VDI 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 VDI Host

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. 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 RDP Printers for a VDI Host

Configuring VDI Host Maintenance Time Window

From the Scheduler tab in the VDI host 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. 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.

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