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Parallels Remote Application Server version 16.5 Release Notes

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The below are the release notes for version 16.5, the Upgrade Procedure can be found here


Parallels Remote Application Server version 16.5 (July 11, 2018)

 

RAS Core v16.5.0.20263

  • New: Console authentication
    • Added support for RAS Single Sign-On.
    • Improved the authentication logon and connections configuration windows.
    • Ability to add domain administrators as root admin accounts on new installations.
    • Automatic logon if a single farm is configured.
    • Ability to auto logoff RAS Console administration session after a set idle time.
       
  • New: Improved notification system
    • Create multiple notifications of the same type.
    • Notification grace period.
    • Trigger notification can be set to be triggered when value is below or above a threshold.
    • Configurable notification intervals.
    • Send emails to non RAS administrators.
    • Run scripts when notification is triggered.
    • Added additional information to the notification emails.

 

  • New: Client policies 
    • Split policies into granular blocks for greater flexibility.
    • The policies can now also be applied based on of the client operating system.
    • New settings:
      • Client options: Force PC keyboard
      • Display: Acceleration Mode
      • Browser: Open application in new tab
      • Local devices and resources: Allow file transfer commands
      • Open application in (tab / new window): HTML5 only
  • New: Licensing and Publishing agent
    • Added support for maximum number of concurrent users limit when using SPLA license key.
    • Ability to auto promote secondary Publishing agent to master.
    • Ability to set a Publishing agent to run in stand-by mode.
  • New: Security & Authentication
    • Radius
      • Allow "Forward the first password to Windows authentication provider" for non challenged requests.
      • New Radius sub types: Azure MFA, Duo, FortiAuthenticator, and TekRadius.
    • Added support of Elliptic-curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) ciphers to RAS secure proxy gateway.
    • Ability to set the expiry date for self signed certificates created in RAS Console.
    • Support for FIPS 140-2 compliance added to RAS secure proxy gateway.
    • Optimized blocking of unwanted tunnelling sessions in the gateway.
       
  • New: Themes enhancement
    • Introduced support for white labelling of Parallels Client (Windows).
    • HTML5: support logos of different sizes.
    • HTML5: ability to hide Parallels Client download link.
    • HTML5: ability to override post logon message.
       
  • New: RDSH Groups and auto provisioning of RDSH from a template
    • An RDSH group can now make use of a VDI template to auto provision servers depending on the need.
    • An RSDH server can only reside in to a single RDSH group.
       
  • New: VDI Improvements
    • VDI Host agent is now installed together with Publishing agent.
    • VDI Host agent can now manage multiple VDI hosts.
    • Retain guest VM MAC address on recreation.
    • VM Guest counter is now unique per template rather than a global value.
    • Ability to specify a number of guests to be cloned once after template creation.
    • Enhanced clone preparation stability.
    • Improved VDI sessions information and management.
    • Ability to retrieve guest VM logs from RAS Console.
    • Updated VDI appliance OS to TurnKey Linux 14.2 (Debian Linux 8 (Jessie))
    • Deprecated support of Windows XP and Windows Vista.
       
  • New: Improved RAS Console UX improvements:
    • Improved representation of performance metrics in the Farm \ Site view.
    • Added Disk access counters in Site view.
    • Ability to update a set of agents during a RAS administration session.
    • RDSH UPD settings
    • The Designer has been relocated under the Site category.
    • Ability to import and export Published applications filtering by MAC address.
    • Ability to import and export Farm Audit Settings processes.
    • New publishing device OS filtering.
    • Validation of property sheet is triggered only when the OK button is clicked.
    • Client version column in the Client manager category now display additional information to distinguish portable version of the client.
    • Suppress "Applying Settings window" for admins with view permissions only.
    • Ability to configure HTTP proxy settings from the Administration category.
    • Ability to replicate application target information across all servers and sites.
    • New: Ability to revert settings changes.
       
  • New: Share universal printer driver instance for same printer type.
  • New: Ability to browse and publish existing App-V applications available on RDS hosts.
  • New: Added system performance counters to RAS secure proxy gateway, RAS publishing agents and RAS RDSH agent.
  • Improved: Shell detection for grouping applications.
  • Improved: Reduced the size of RAS appliances.
     

HTML5 Gateway:

  • Redesigned user interface.
  • Added support for the following policies: "Remote audio recording", "Prohibit change password", "Redirect URLs/MAILTO to the client device", "Keyboard Mode", "Allow file transfer command", "Allow clipboard redirection".

 

  • New: Drag & Drop will upload files to the remote server.
  • New: Ability to launch applications in a separate browser tab.
  • Improved: CredSSP protocol updated to mitigate against CVE-2018-0886.
  • Improved: Session persistance is now based on cookies.
  • Improved: Shortcut keys for desktop session rearranged.

 

HALB v16.5.0.20261

  • New: Updated HALB appliance OS to TurnKey Linuz 14.2 (Debian Linux 8 (Jessie))

 

RAS PowerShell v16.5.0.20263

  • New Commands
    • Invoke-RDSProcessCmd- Sends an RDS Process command (Cmds: Kill).
    • Invoke-RDSSessionCmd - Sends RDS session commands.
    • Invoke-PAPromoteToMaster - Promote to Master of a RAS Publishing Agent server.
    • Set-PAPriority - Change priority of a RAS Publishing Agent server.
    • Invoke-VDISessionCmd - Sends VDI session commands.
    • Invoke-VDITemplateCmd - Invokes a VDI template commad (Cmds: EnterMaintenance, ExitMaintenance, RecreateGuests).
    • Add-PubAppFileExt - Adds a file extension for the specified published application.
    • Remove-PubAppFileExt - Removes a file extension for the specified published application.
    • Set-PubAppFileExt - Modifies the file extensions of the specified published App.
    • Copy-PubItem - Copies/duplicates a Published item.
    • Move-PubItem - Moves a Published item.
    • Invoke-PubItemCmd - Invokes a Published item command (Cmds: SortFolder).
    • Set-PubItemClientOSFilter - Modifies the filter of type 'Client OS' for the specified published resource.
    • Get-PubItemIcon - Retrieves a published icon and save it to a file path
    • Get-RASPrintingSettings - Retrieves the Parallels RAS Universal Printing settings.
    • Set-RASPrintingSettings - Update RAS Universal Printing settings.
    • Get-RASScanningSettings - Retrieves the Parallels RAS Universal Scanning settings.
    • Set-RASScanningSettings - Update RAS Universal Scanning settings.
    • Add-RASPrintingAutoInstallFont - Adds an Auto install font to Parallels RAS Universal Printing settings.
    • Remove-RASPrintingAutoInstallFont - Removes an Auto install font from Parallels RAS Universal Printing settings.
    • Get-LicenseDetails - Retrieves Parallels RAS license details.
    • Invoke-ClearRASAgentLogs - Removes the Log file of one or more RAS Agents.
    • Invoke-RetrieveRASAgentLogs - Retrieve the Log files of one or more RAS Agents.
    • Set-RASAgentLogLevel - Updates the Log Level of one or more RAS Agents.
    • New-RASFarm - Creates a new RAS Farm setup on the specified server
    • Remove-RASFarm - Removes a RAS Farm currently connected to.
    • Get-RASSystemSettings - Get the RAS system settings
    • Set-RASSystemSettings - Updates the RAS system settings
  • Improved Commands: 
    • Set-RDS - Added new parameters.
    • Set-RDSDefaultSettings - Added new parameters.
    • Set-GW - Added new parameters.
    • Set-PA - Added new parameters.
    • Set-PubFolder - Can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • Set-PubRDSApp - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • Set-PubRDSDesktop - Can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • Set-PubVDIApp - Can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • Set-PubVDIDesktop - Can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • New-PubFolder - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • New-PubRDSApp - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • New-PubRDSDesktop - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • New-PubVDIApp - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • New-PubVDIDesktop - Added new parameters & can pass '.ico' for -icon param.
    • Set-2FASetting - Added new parameters.
    • Set-RASSessionSetting - Added new parameters.
    • New-VDITemplate - Added functionality to convert a VM into a template (previously was required to be a VDIGuest).
    • Set-RASFarmSettings - Added new parameters.
    • New-RDSGroup - Added RDSH template parameters.
    • Set-RDSGroup - Added RDSH template parameters.
    • Add-RDSGroupMember - Added check that can only add standalone RDS servers (not from template).
    • Remove-RDSGroupMember - Added check that can only remove standalone RDS servers (not from template).
    • Set-RASLBSettings - Fixed Load Balancing method type, was bool and now enum with proper values.
    • Add-PubItemUserFilter - Accepts an SID of the user/group account to add for the filter.
    • Remove-PubItemUserFilter - Accepts an SID of the user/group account to remove from the filter.
    • New-RASSession - added connection retries .
  • Fixed Commands
    • Invoke-ExportSettings - Fix export with UNC path.
    • Invoke-ImportSettings - Fix import with UNC path.
    • Get-InvitationEmailSettings - Renamed command (Before was: Get-RASInvitationSettings).
    • Set-InvitationEmailSettings - Renamed command (Before was: Set-RASInvitationSettings).
    • Send-InvitationEmail - Renamed command (Before was: Invoke-SendRASInvitation).
    • Send-TestEmail - Renamed command (Before was: Invoke-TestMailboxSettings).
       

     

Parallels Client (Windows) v16.5.0.20264

  • New: Add an option to show pinned/unpinned, or hide connection bar for desktop sessions.
  • New: Support for FIPS 140-2 compliance (64 bit client only).
  • New: Support multiple certificates on a smart card.
  • New: Display password requirements when changing active directory password.
  • New: Deprecated support of Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  • Improved: Updated trusted.pem root certificates.
  • Improved: Task-bar application grouping
  • Improved: No flashing of windows security pop up during smartcard logon.

 

Parallels Client (Linux) v16.5.0.20267

  • New: Support for FIPS 140-2 compliance (Linux 32-bit and Linux ARMv7).
  • New: Policies - Add support for "Enable extended logging".
  • New: Policies - Support for more granular options. 
  • Improved: Updated trusted.pem root certificates.
  • Fixed: Authentication fails with Gemalto smart cards
     

Parallels Client (Mac) v16.5.0.20266

  • New: Policies - Add support for "Enable extended logging".
  • New: Drag'n'Drop support for files in RTFD format
  • Improved: Updated trusted.pem root certificates.
  • Fixed: Save Password does not work when authenticating with different domain from NetBIOS.
  • Fixed: Icon of a published Firefox app appears with a black background.
  • Fixed: Change keychain entry name from "2X Client" to "Parallels Client".
  • Fixed: Possible crash when remote application window is closed.

 

Parallels Client (iOS) v16.5.20218

  • New: Policies - Add support for "Enable extended logging".
  • New: Policies - Support for more granular options.
  • New: Automatic logoff from a RAS farm after prolonged inactivity.
  • New: Quick screen zoom by double-tapping in Dumbo mouse mode.
  • New: Ability to pin keyboard on the screen.
  • Improved: On-screen toolbar appearance.
  • Fixed: Copy-paste of a text in RTF format from a remote session to a local app on iOS 11.
  • Fixed: Possible crash on RAS connection removal if a policy has been pushed from it. 
  • Fixed: Remote session doesn't lock in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fixed: Possible crash on connections import.

 

Parallels Client (Android) v16.5.20218

  • New: Policies - Add support for "Enable extended logging".
  • New: Policies - Support for more granular options.
  • New: Automatic logoff from a RAS farm after prolonged inactivity.
  • New: Quick screen zoom by double-tapping in Dumbo mouse mode.
  • New: Ability to pin keyboard on the screen.
  • New: Keyboard "Text" mode: send whole words and phrases to a remote session.
  • Improved: On-screen toolbar appearance.
  • Fixed: Possible crash when setting custom resolution for a remote session.
  • Fixed: Possible crash when scrolling through published applications.
  • Fixed: Default apps in Contacts are replaced with Client.
  • Fixed: Crash on Android 8 after adding published item shortcut to a Home screen.
  • Fixed: Crash on Android 8 if Client is minimised while on published items screen.

 

Parallels Client (Chrome App) v16.5.0.20261

  • New: Connection properties advanced settings - reconnection support .
  • New: Policies - Add support for "Reconnection".
  • New: Policies - Add support for "File transfer command".
  • New: Support for remote audio recording (not supported for accelerated client).
  • Improved: CredSSP protocol updated to mitigate against CVE-2018-0886.
  • Improved: Updated trusted.pem root certificates.

 

VDI Appliance v16.5.0.20261

  • New: Updated HALB appliance OS to TurnKey Linuz 14.2 (Debian Linux 8 (Jessie))

 

Reporting v16.5.0.20264

 

CloudPortal v16.5.0.20264

 

RAS Performance Monitor v16.5.0.20261

  • New: Added the following counter to the RAS Gateways:
    • Cached Sockets.

    • Wyse connections over SSL.

    • Wyse connections.

    • Client Manager Connections over TCP SSL.

    • Client Manager Connections over TCP.

    • HTML5 Connections over SSL.

    • HTML5 Connections.

    • Redirected HTTPS.

    • Redirected HTTP.

    • UDP RDP Tunnels over DTLS.

    • UDP RDP Tunnels.

    • Tunneled RDP over SSL.

    • Tunneled RDP.

    • Cached Threads.

    • Total threads.

 

Known Issues

  • Core
    • Excluded fonts might still be embedded in print job.
       
  • RDSH Groups and auto provisioning of RDSH from a template
    • The agent status of a newly added RDSH host might be shown as "non verified".
    • Scheduled server group reboot does not include servers created from a RDSH template.
       
  • VDI
    • Upgrade of VDI template might fail with error 'Guest agent didn't respond'.
    • Log message [E 06/00000039/TXXXX/PXXXX] dd-mm-yy hh:mm:ss - Failed to get persistent guest id for XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX in host X, might shown in the log. Log can be ignored.
    • Guest VMs listing might fail on vCenter 6.5.0.
    • URL/email redirection does not work.
    • Console might hang on attempt to remove "failed to create" guest if AD is inaccessible.
    • Scheduled tasks to disable VDI hosts are ignored.
       
  • RAS Gateway
    • A Gateways set in forwarding mode might result in a "non verified" state. Setting the gateway to the normal mode and back to the forwarding mode from RAS Console running on the gateway can fix the problem.
       
  • App-V
    • Applications might fail to start if launched for the first time. Wait a few seconds and retrying to lunch the application solves the problem.
       
  • PowerShell
    • Using New-VDITemplate with option -FolderNamePath will not generate VMs in the desired folder.
       
  • Parallels Client (iOS)
    • If the Legacy client is also installed on a device HTML5 Client might detect and use it instead of using Parallels Client.
    • App Launcher might become empty if an idle RAS session has been logged off automatically. 
       
  • Parallels Client (Chrome)
    • Audio redirection might crash the client on low spec chromebooks.

 

 




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