Friday, 16 July 2021 15:39

Parallels Remote Application Server updated to version 18.1

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Cross-platform software specialist Parallels has released Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) 18.1, with new productivity and management features to enable employees to work easily and securely from anywhere.

Parallels RAS is said to provide cost-effective, flexible and scalable publication of virtual desktops and applications to any device.

To support the large increase in remote working, Parallels RAS 18.1 includes a self-service feature that the company says eliminates much of the pressure on IT admins to manually add standalone remote PCs.

Remote PCs are now automatically added to Parallels RAS as published desktops with the specified user filtering preconfigured.

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Even when admins need to auto-enrol remote PCs on users' behalf, this still speeds up the on-boarding process associated with providing employees with remote access to office-based workstations.

Admins also benefit from improved session management, as Remote Desktop Session Hosts, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Remote PC through VDI, or Azure Virtual Desktop sessions can all be seen in one place. with a new resource view that shows exactly what published resources are running in these sessions.

In addition, a new search and filter capability provides admin and help desk staff with a better understanding of what is happening in a session so they can resolve issues more quickly.

Also new are improved support for Azure Virtual Desktop and a rebuilt Parallels Client for macOS that runs natively on Apple Silicon and Intel Macs, plus bidirectional clipboard and file transfer control, YubiKey support in Parallels Client for Windows, and granular multifactor authentication configuration.

"Listening to our users' feedback and learning about their remote working challenges especially over the last year, it's clear that productivity and better management are top of mind for admins," said Parallels senior vice president of engineering and support Nick Dobrovolskiy.

"Parallels RAS 18.1 addresses these concerns head on by extending and maximising performance for users while also improving the administrative experience. We're committed to building on our Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop) capabilities as well as offering leading edge support for newly introduced features from Microsoft."

Parallels RAS costs $124.95 per concurrent user per year, including a load balancer and support.

A free 30-day, full-featured trial of Parallels RAS 18.1 with 50 concurrent user licenses is available.

The company is running a webinar to explain the new features of Parallels RAS 18.1 – register here.

Parallels is working on additional features to be launched this year that will further improve resource utilisation, user productivity and administrative capabilities.


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