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Configuring Parallels Remote Application Server to use Hyper-V guests

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Remote Application Server 14.1
  • Parallels Remote Application Server 14.0
  • Parallels Remote Application Server 12.0

Adding a virtual desktop host

You have two ways to add servers to the farm. You can either automatically search for available VDI Hosts within your domain by clicking the Find button, or you can click on the Add button to manually add the VDI Hosts.

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Note: The checkbox next to the server name indicates the particular server is available to users on this farm. To disable a server temporarily, uncheck this checkbox.

Finding a virtual host

Click the Find button to automatically search for available virtual hosts.

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All virtual hosts within your domain will appear on the list of available servers to your farm, also identifying the host type. To add a server to the farm, enable the checkbox in front of the server name. Click the OK button to commit changes.

It is necessary to install VDI Agent on all virtual hosts before they can successfully participate in a load-balanced farm.

Adding a virtual host

To manually add a host to your farm click the Add button and then choose a VDI Type and enter the host name or IP address in the VDI Host field. The VDI Agent property will point to the VDI Host since the VDI Agent will be running on the same machine as the virtualization technology.

Click Next to continue.

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Parallels Remote Application Server will check whether VDI Agent is installed.

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Check the status and if the status states that the Agent did not reply or the service is not installed, click the Install button to install VDI Agent. Click Add if the status states that the Agent is already installed.

Select the OS on which VDI Agent will be installed.

Click Install after you’ve checked and possibly entered the administrative credentials.

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Click Done after the installation is complete. Once setup is complete, Remote Application Server will confirm that the latest VDI Agent is installed.

Click Add to continue adding the virtual host to the farm.

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Make sure that VDI Agent is installed on each virtual desktop host added to the farm. VDI Agent collects the information required by Publishing Agent to be able to load balance each session according to available resources.

Host Properties

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To enable this host in the farm, make sure that the Enable Host in farm checkbox is checked.

Select the VDI provider of the host from the VDI Type field and the version that you are using from the VDI Version field. To change the Host name or IP address of a particular VDI host, use the VDI Host field.

The VDI Agent property will point to the VDI Host since the VDI Agent will be running on the same machine as the virtualization technology.

To start using the new host, please enter the username and password of the host. Click on Check Credentials if you would like to test the username and password before clicking OK.

VDI Agent Settings

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You can configure the direct address by checking the Change Direct Address checkbox and type a new direct address. This address is used in Direct Connection mode only (this is an internal or external IP address) depending on where the clients will be. If external, the IP addresses must be assigned at your firewall to your servers).

A Description can be given to the host which can be used to easily identify different servers from one another.

Next you can type the maximum number of powered-on guests you want this host to accept.

Publishing a virtual desktop

To publish a virtual desktop with the wizard, click on Publishing in the Navigation bar and click Add. From the Select Type dialog choose Desktop, and from the list of desktop types chose Virtual Desktop.

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Note: If only one server is listed in the Virtual Desktops Hosts list, the wizard will skip the Publish From dialog and continue with the Application Settings dialog.

In the Publish From dialog you can choose from which Virtual Desktop Host/s you want to publish the virtual desktop. You can choose to publish the virtual desktop from All Server in Farm, from Server Groups or from Individual Hosts.

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Virtual Desktop

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In this dialog you can type the desktop name and a description for the published desktop. From this dialog you may also change the icon for the published desktop.

Properties

There are 4 different properties which can be used by the virtual desktop:

  • Any guest: will load any virtual desktop published to any user that logs in.
  • Specific guest: will load the virtual desktop selected to every user.
  • Guest: will load the virtual desktop to users whose username is the same as that of the virtual desktop or to users which are using a machine that has an IP address equal to the virtual desktop’s name.
  • Specific Template: will load a virtual desktop created from the specified virtual desktop template.

If the Persistent checkbox is ticked, the user will always be connected to the same virtual desktop.

Desktop Size

Choose, from the drop-down list, the resolution you would like to use. Choose Custom to be able to enter your own resolution.

Click Finish to finalize the wizard, and the application you’ve just configured will be generated in the Published Applications Explorer area. Now you can re-configure the options by using the tabs in the Published Applications Properties area.


Related articles:

Preparing Hyper-V for Parallels Remote Application Server

Using Parallels Remote Application Server Client with Hyper-V

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