Manage published desktops

Configuring a published desktop

When publishing a desktop using a wizard, you have to specify the desktop settings, such as display size, etc. You can modify these options after the desktop has been published.

To modify a published desktop, select it in the Published Resources tree in the Publishing category.

Sites — configuring from which sites a published desktop is available

By default, a published desktop is available through all of the available sites. To restrict access to a specific Site or a Site group, select a desktop in the Published Resources tree and then click the Sites tab in the right pane. Select the sites from which the desktop should be available.

Note: For the Sites tab to be available, you need more than Site in a farm.

Publish from — configuring from which RD Session Hosts a desktop is published

When configuring an RD Session Host desktop, you can specify from which servers it should be published. To do so, click the Publish From tab and select the desired servers.

Desktop — configuring desktop name, size and other properties

Depending on the desktop type, click the Desktop, Remote PC Desktop, or Virtual Desktop tab to configure the desktop name, description, icon, resolution, status, and other settings.

  • Status: Choose from Enabled, Disabled, In maintenance. When a resource is disabled or in maintenance, it is unavailable to users. A disabled resource will not appear in Parallels Client in the available resources list. A resource that is in maintenance will appear, but will be grayed out (in User Portal it will say so in the resource name). If a user tries to open the resource, a message is displayed. You can customize this message in Site defaults for published resources.

    Note that when you set the status of a published folder, all subfolders (if any) and resources that it contains will inherit the parent folder's status.

  • Connect to administrative session: Select this option if you want users to connect to the administrative session. Note that a user connecting to a desktop with this option enabled must have administrative privileges; otherwise "Access is denied" error will be shown to the user.

  • Start automatically when user logs on: Select this option if you want to open a desktop as soon as a user logs in. For the information about Exclude from session prelaunch option, see Understanding session prelaunch.

  • Desktop Size: Select a desired desktop size from the drop-down list.

  • Multi-Monitor: Select whether the multi-monitor should be enabled, disabled, or whether the client settings should be used.


Please see Using filtering rules.


Please see Configuring preferred routing.

Shortcuts — configuring shortcut options for a published desktop

Click the Shortcuts tab to enable the creation of a shortcuts on the user's desktop and in the Start and Auto Start folders. When the Auto Start shortcut is enabled, the application will start automatically on computer startup. To use Site default settings, select the Inherit default settings option. See Site defaults (Publishing) for more info.

Note: This option is not available on all operating systems.

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