Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Pros and Cons

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Pros

Jim Carlton
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has allowed us to centralize the software location so we don't have to update the software client on 70 computers.
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Christophe Jurdan
System Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Thin client management (Windows 10 client) provides an easy way to lock down client connection to the remote infrastructure. Policies are very helpful for preconfiguring client behavior. Finally, client management is easy.
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Technicad953
Technical Operations Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We use RAS to publish cloud desktops to our clients. The ability to easily publish resources to a subset of users is what we find most valuable.
The management capability from the RAS portal provides greater control than using pure MS inbuilt into RDS capabilities.
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Operatiofa69
Operation Manager Servers and Central Infrastructure
We can publish apps and desktops on Terminal Servers and seamlessly share printers. We also combine Parallels with Deepnet Security to get two-factor authentication.
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ProjectMf444
Project Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
It provides flexible access to Windows applications from many types of devices.
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MichaelCoxon
Technical Lead (Windows Desktops) / Senior IT Consultant at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use Cloudpaging to package and deploy the vast majority of our applications to our standard Windows 10 desktops. With the use of Parallels integration into Software2 AppsAnywhere hub, this means we can use the same packages to deliver Windows applications to almost any device - Windows, mac OS, iOS, Android, Linux, Xbox One, PS4 - just by ticking a box.
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ITManagecd19
IT Manager at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease with which you can publish applications to different groups of users, by integrating with Windows Active Directory.
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Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Cons

Jim Carlton
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The main issue we have with all of our users is printing. Randomly, a printer will disconnect or someone won't connect to it and I will have to reset the print service and then nobody can print. That's the big headache we've had over the course of the five years.
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Christophe Jurdan
System Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
HALB is not stable in our environment. When running two HALBs we have stability problems, so we use an active one and a passive for backup. Also, it would be nice to implement an upgrade of the environment without having to stop the servers. As it is, this must be done during off-hours.
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Technicad953
Technical Operations Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It would be great if there were more sophisticated GPO templates/options.
We have had significant, ongoing issues with printing. It would be great to have a best practice for dealing with printing that we can offer to our customers.
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Operatiofa69
Operation Manager Servers and Central Infrastructure
We use several gateways because access to our secret zone requires two-factor user authentication. It is a lot of hassle differentiating among users with or without two-factor. Of course, we could use two farms, but that would mean more management too.
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ProjectMf444
Project Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
A web-based management interface for administration and reporting would be nice, instead of needing to log into a remote server.
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MichaelCoxon
Technical Lead (Windows Desktops) / Senior IT Consultant at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It needs Windows scaling on Android/iOS devices. At present, the concept of delivering apps to Android and iOS devices is appealing, but the reality is the screen size on these devices is so small that, unless there is some scaling option, it is not really usable.
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