Parallels RAS Web Portal: Prerequisites and Installation

The Parallels RAS Web Portal allows users to launch published applications and desktops from multiple farms which are accessed through a web portal according to their filter settings.

·         Windows 2003/2008/2012 Server

·         Microsoft .NET Framework II/III

·         IIS6 or IIS7

·         Parallels 2X Remote Application Server

Client Operating Systems and Browsers Supported


Automatic Client Detection and Installation


Make sure all Windows programs are closed before you begin the installation.

Run the Parallels RAS Web Portal setup program by double clicking on the ‘2XWebPortal.msi’, or ‘2X WebPortal-x64.msi’ file on the IIS machine that will be used as your access point to the published applications from the Web Portal.

We recommend that you do not install the Parallels RAS Web Portal on an Active Directory machine.  

A welcome dialog box will appear. Close other Windows programs and click ‘Next’. Proceed to run through the installation wizard noting the below information:

  • The 2X Secure Client Gateway is installed on port 80 by default and is configured to forward HTTP requests to the local host, on port 81. Therefore, Clients will still be able to access the 2X Web Portal from port 80. You can choose to install the 2X Web Service on any other port, and also use an existing port used by other web sites.
  • IIS7 caches dynamic content as well as static content.

To disable the caching for .aspx, .asmx and .ashx pages for the Parallels RAS Web Portal directory with an page that depends on the session state, perform the following on the ‘2X Web Server’, ‘2XWebPortal’ and ‘2XWebService’. These are shown in the following screenshot.

Disabling Caching for folders consisting on .aspx, .asmx and .ashx

  1. Run the Server Management console.
  2. Navigate to Roles -> Web Server (IIS) -> Internet Information Services.
  3. Repeat steps 4 to 12 for the following sites; ‘2X Web Server’, ‘2XWebPortal’ and ‘2XWebService’.
  4. Select the folder that contains the .aspx, .asmx and .ashx pages you need to turn caching off for.
  5. In the Feature View, double-click “Output Caching”.
  6. If there is a rule there already for the .aspx extension double click it and continue from step 8. Otherwise right click and select “Add...”
  7. Enter .aspx for the “File name extension”
  8. Check “User-mode caching”
  9. Select “Prevent all caching”
  10. Check “Kernel-mode caching”
  11. Select “Prevent all caching”
  12. Click OK.
  13. Close the Server management Console.