Using Virtualized Resources

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Using Virtualized Resources

By adding the VDI Host to the Remote Application Server one can manage the virtual machines on the VDI Host, create guest clones and publish virtual desktops and applications from virtual guests.

The Parallels VDI Agent requires the following ports open to operate properly:

Different hypervisors will require different configuration and setup processes. This is due to the fact that ever every platform works differently.

Within this document, the necessary setup and configuration for the following Hypervisors will be covered:

  1. Microsoft HyperV VDI Host
  2. VMWare VDI Host with Vcenter
  3. vESXi VDI Host

Microsoft HyperV VDI Host

Adding a Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor is in most cases the simplest of all deployments. In essence, the only prerequisites for successful operation are the following:

  1. A machine running Microsoft Hyper-V (instructions here:
  2. Deployment of the VDI Agent role

Configuring a HyperV VDI Host

Configuration of a VDI host running Microsoft Hyper-V is possible as per the following steps:


VMWare VDI Host with Vcenter

Configuration of a VDI host running VMware vCenter is possible as per the following steps:


vESXi VDI Host

Configuration of a VDI host running vESXi is possible as per the following steps:

Note: If the VMWare ESX server is managed by VCenter which have a Parallels VDI Agent installed on it there is no need to install the appliance on the ESX server.

Install Parallels VDI Agent Appliance

The below procedure shows the first pre-requisite in order to manage a vESXi host. The Parallels VDI Agent Appliance on the ESXi server will act as the VDI agent on the ESXi server. This can be done as follows:


Select the option to configure network manually once prompted and use the below details:


Adding ESXi as a VDI Host

Once the appliance has been setup, the next step is to configure the server as a VDI host. This can be done as follows:


Managing Guests

Guests are the virtual machines running on the VDI Hosts. To manage the guests and publish resources from them, the Parallels VDI Guest agent has to be installed on the guest machines.

To list and manage guests on a VDI host, highlight the Host in the Parallels Console and click Virtual Guest Settings.


Default Guest Settings

To configure the default connection timeout and other settings related to the communication between the Parallels Remote Application Server and the guest, select Default Settings from the Tasks drop down menu.

Note: Default settings can be overridden when configured specifically on the guest.

Installing the Parallels VDI Guest Agent

For the VDI Agent to communicate with the Parallels Remote Application Server farm, the following ports should be open: - TCP: 30004 - UDP: 30004

To install the Parallels VDI Guest Agent: 1. Power on the guest from the Virtual Guests List dialog box 2. Highlight the guest and select Check Agent from the Tasks drop down menu 3. Proceed with a normal Parallels agent installation


Managing Guests Pools

Pools are used to manage extensive number of guests from VDI hosts. Pools can be managed from Pool Management tab in the VDI Hosts node.


Creating a New Pool

To create a new pool select Add from the Tasks drop down menu in the Pools section and specify a pool name.

Adding Members to a Pool

To add members to a pool, highlight the pool name from the Pools section and select the specific action from the Addin the Members section Tasks drop down menu.

Note: Parallels Remote Application Server also supports native pools of certain virtualization solutions. Hence should you have a pool already setup on one of your VDI hosts, you can add that native pool to a Parallels pool.

Publishing Resources from VDI Guests


Managing Templates

Parallels Templates allow you to automatically create and deploy virtual guest clones when needed. Creating a Parallels Template

In this exercise you will create a Parallels template from the vDesktopE1 guest machine:

Once the template is ready, use the wizard to configure the guest templates by specifying: - Template name - Maximum number of guests - Pre-created guests - Guests names


In the second step of the wizard you have to specify: - Folder where the guest virtual templates will be created - Pool Name

In the third step of the wizard you have to specify SysPrep details, mainly: - Owner Name - Organization - Administrator password - Specify if virtual guests should be part of a workgroup or of a domain - In the last step of the wizard specify the operating system licenses used by the virtual guests.


At this stage you can proceed and publish desktops from the virtual guests.

Managing and Updating Templates

Prior to updating a Template, for example to apply a number of security patches so new virtual guests are created with such patch installed, switch the template to maintenance mode by highlighting the template name and select Maintenance from the Tasks drop down menu.

Once this is done, an Administrator can choose to publish Desktops or Applications from Virtual machines, automatically create clones of a VM based off a template based upon user requests and have extensive management of resources published through the console.

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