Site defaults (Publishing)

The Default Settings dialog allows you to view and modify Site default settings for publishing. Published resources can inherit the following groups of settings from Site defaults:

  • Shortcuts

  • License

  • Display

  • Maintenance

To open the Default Settings dialog, navigate to Farm > Site. Click the Tasks menu and choose Site defaults > Published resources. The dialog consists of tabs, which are described below.


In this tab specify whether and how the published resource shortcuts should be created on the user's computer. The following options are available:

  • Create shortcut on Desktop. If selected, a shortcut will be created on the user's desktop.

  • Create shortcut in Start folder. If selected, a shortcut will be added to the Start folder. You can specify the target subfolder name and path in the field provided. The default (and only) %Groups% variable will add additional subfolders as they appear on the host server where the published resource is hosted. For example, if the resource is located in "Myapps > Games" on the host server, the same folder structure will be added to the path. Note that you cannot use any custom variables.

  • Create shortcut in Auto Start folder. If selected, the published resource will start automatically on computer startup.


The License tab contains the following options:

  • Disable session sharing. If this option is enabled, it allows you to isolate a given published application to one session. If the same application is launched more than once, the instances of the application will share the same sessions. A different application, however, will start in its own session.

  • Allow users to start only one instance of the application. If this option is enabled, a user can only launch a single instance of the published resource.

  • Concurrent Licenses. Use this option to specify the maximum number of concurrent instances the published resource can run. For example, if the license of the application allows you to only run 10 instances of the application, set the Concurrent licenses option to 10, so once this limit is reached, other users cannot initiate other instances.

  • If limit is exceeded. Specifies which action should Parallels RAS take in case any of the licensing limits configured above are exceeded.


The Display tab contains the following options:

  • Wait until all RAS Universal Printers are redirected before showing the application. Enable this option to wait for printers to be redirected before the application is loaded. You can also specify the maximum wait time (in seconds) for the Universal Printers to be redirected. Please note that redirecting a printer may take some time. To avoid confusion, a progress bar is shown to the user while the printers are being redirected.

  • Color Depth, Resolution, Width, Height. These options specify the desired display settings for the application.

  • Start the application as maximized when using mobile clients. This option applies only to Parallels Client running on mobile devices. When the option is selected, the application will start on a mobile device in the maximized state. This gives users the best experience while working with a remote application. This option gives the RAS administrator an easy way to always maximize an application without taking any additional steps.


The Maintenance tab allows you to specify a message that users will see when trying to launch a published resource in maintenance. When a resource is in maintenance, it will still appear in Parallels Client, but will be grayed out (in User Portal, it will say so in the resource name). If a user tries to open the resource, they will see the message that you specify here. If you modified a message, but want to return the default one, select a message in the desired language and click Tasks > Reset to default. To reset messages in all languages, click Tasks > Reset all to default.

You can replicate the Site settings described above to other sites in your Parallels RAS Farm. To do so, select the Replicate settings option in a desired tab. All settings contained in the tab will be replicated.

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