RAS VDI Agent Installation

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Introduction

RAS VDI Agent is a software that provides an interface to manage a hypervisor through its native API. In Parallels RAS v16.5 and later, RAS VDI Agent is built into the RAS Publishing Agent, so it's already installed in your RAS farm and is ready to be used to manage one or more VDI hosts. But if you use RAS v16.2 or lower, you must install VDI Agent separately using RASInstaller*.msi or download an appliance.

Built-in VDI Agent limitations:

Almost all of the hypervisors supported by Parallels RAS can be managed via the built-in RAS VDI Agent. The only exception is QEMU\KVM with libvirt. This means that for this hypervisor you must deploy a dedicated RAS VDI Agent as a separate step. For other VDI technologies, you have a choice of using the built-in RAS VDI Agent or installing it separately. The difference is as follows:

Dedicated VDI Agent

If you are installing a dedicated RAS VDI Agent, you first need to determine where it will be installed. Depending on the hypervisor type, the following options are available:

Important

All of the RAS VDI components must be installed in the same subnet. This includes the hypervisor software, the RAS VDI Agent, guest VMs, and the RAS Publishing Agent.

The following table lists RAS VDI Agent installation options for each supported hypervisor type:

Hypervisor Type

Agent Runs on the VDI Host

Agent Runs on a Windows Server host (VM or HW)

Agent Runs on Appliance

Microsoft Hyper-V

Yes

No

No

Microsoft Hyper-V Failover Cluster

No

Yes

No

VMware VCenter

No

Yes

Yes (OVA or VMDK)

VMware ESXi

No

Yes

Yes (OVA or VMDK)

Citrix XenServer

No

Yes

Yes (OVA or VMDK)

QEmu KVM with libvirt

No

No

Yes (VMDK)

Nutanix Acropolis

No

Yes

Yes (VMDK)

Remote PC (see the Note below)

No

Yes

No

 

Note:

The Remote PC is a special type that can be used to create and manage pools of remote PCs as part of hosted desktop infrastructure (HDI). When you add a VDI host of this type, you can manage it like one of the real VDI hosts with some limitations, such as you cannot create templates and use some other strictly VDI-specific functions. The main feature when using this type is the ability to create pools of HDI-based remote PCs and making PCs persistent by assigning an individual PC to a specifics user.

 

Depending on the hypervisor type:

 

Deploying a virtual appliance

To download and install a virtual appliance:

  1. Visit https://www.parallels.com/products/ras/download/links/
  2. On the download page, scroll down to the "VDI Agent Appliances" section and click the VDI Agent Appliance OVA or the VDI Agent Appliance VMDK link to download the appliance. Confirm compatibility with the table above. 

 

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