How to Install and Configure the RASPortal
The scope of this guide is to give a quick look at how to configure the RAS Web Portal following a successful installation.
The RAS Web Portal is available to allow users to connect to Published resources through a Web Interface.
When a client connects, user credentials are provided, authenticated and a list of published resources will be made available.
A locally installed Parallels RDP Client is still required. That said, the RAS Web Portal attempts to detect whether the client is installed. If detection fails, a download link is presented to the user so that the client is downloaded.
The RAS Web Portal is available in a separate installation package. The following requirements need to be met in order to successfully deploy it:
- Windows 2003/2008/2012 Server
- Microsoft .NET Framework II/III
- ASP.NET role
- IIS6 or IIS7
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable. See here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/details.aspx?id=51682.
- Existing RAS Farm
Make sure all Windows programs are closed before you begin the installation.
Run the RAS Web Portal setup program by double clicking on the ‘RASWebPortal.msi’, or ‘RAS 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 RAS 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 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 Web Portal from port 80. You can choose to install the 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.
Configuring the RAS Portal
The RAS Portal provides two different login interfaces.
- As a normal user, one can login with the following URL: http://
- As an administrative user, one can login with the following URL: http://
As an Administrator, one would need to login using the Admin Portal using the Admin URL outlined above.
An Administrator can login using credentials with Administrative Rights on the IIS Machine.
Once logged in, the following settings are made available to the administrator:
- Farm Settings
- General Settings
The first step for successful configuration of the RAS portal is to Configure the Farm users will be connecting to. This is done from the Farm Settings and by specifying the name of the farm users will connect to:
Once the farm has been added, the user is presented with a number of options as per below:
NOTE: During setup, in most cases Administrators provide the internal Hostname or IP Address of the ClientSecureGateway. This will work only for internal users since the RAS Portal passes on the Gateway information directly to the clients.
If the RAS Portal is available online and an external user tries to connect and launch a published resource, if they cannot resolve and connect over the internal hostname provided, the connection will fail.
As a result, it is important to make the ClientSecureGateway users are connecting through available online and to configure the option to: “Override 2X Secure Client Gateway IP/Host”. This will pass connectivity details that can be used by external uses.
Accessing the RAS Portal as a user
A user can login to the RAS Portal using the following address format: http://
Upon successful Login, users will be able to select resources and launch them directly from the browser.
Upon launching a resource, the RAS Portal will pass connection information to the locally installed Parallels RDP Client which will in return initiate the connection to access the Published Resource.