In Parallels Secure Workspace, there are some different application types that can be published:
This publishes an entire user desktop.
This is the recommended way to publish applications in Parallels Secure Workspace. A Remote Application is an application on the Remote Desktop Services server (or app server) that is published using the RDS roles. Once the RDS roles are installed, it's possible to publish applications (RemoteApps) using the Server Manager which creates an alias for the application. This alias can in turn be used to start applications using Parallels Secure Workspace. It has several advantages over the regular RDP applications:
- The window selector (Windows button at the top of the app) is available.
- The experience on tablets is smoother (especially when rotating the tablet and zooming in/out).
- The app-sharing experience is better.
- It uses less resources on the application server.
This method makes use of the regular Remote Desktop Protocol, but without the need to publish the app first. To get this working, the Remote Desktop Services roles must be installed on the server (not configured). Otherwise, it will not be possible to connect with more than one user. There is no need to publish apps first in the collection. When selecting "RDP Application" in the System Settings, specify the full path (under "Command") to the executable file: "C:\program files\myapp\run.exe".
When leaving the "command" setting empty, it will start a full desktop.
The minimum requirement is the following group policy (GPO): Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections: Allow remote start of unlisted programs: enabled.
This is a good alternative when a legacy app does not run as expected when published as a Remote App. Most older legacy applications are used as RDP applications in Parallels Secure Workspace.
Web apps are not served through the RDP gateway component. When launching a web application, a separate tab will be opened and the browser will be directed to the URL of the Web Application.
You can also use Parallels Secure Workspace to reverse proxy web applications under a different domain (host header).
When both Remote Applications and RDP Applications are supported on your application server, we strongly recommend using Remote Applications for the best experience.