Local devices and resources

Use the Local devices and resources node in the Policy Properties dialog to configure how local resources are used in a remote session.


Enable or disable the clipboard in a remote session. In the right pane, choose one of the following clipboard redirection options:

  • Client to server only: Copy and paste from client to a server app only.

  • Server to client only: Copy and paste from a server app to client only.

  • Bidirectional: Copy and paste in both directions.

  • Disabled: The clipboard is disabled.

Note: When you clear this option, it will also disable the Remote Clipboard functionality for affected users in Parallels Web Client. For more information, please see Using the remote clipboard.

Disk drives and folders

Select the Allow disk drives and folders redirection option and select local drives you want to redirect, or select Use all disk drives available.

If you select the Use also disk drives that I plug in later option, disk drives that you connect to a local computer later will be automatically available in a remote session. Note that this option applies to Parallels Client for Windows only.

In the Cache drop-down list, you can select whether to enable drive redirection cache hat makes file browsing and navigation on the redirected drives much faster:

  • Disable: Drive redirection cache is disabled.

  • Enable: Drive redirection cache is enabled.

  • Fast mode: Same as above, but certain decorative features of File Explorer are disabled in favor of faster browsing.

Note: This option applies to Parallels Client for Windows only.


On this pane, specify whether to redirect local devices in general, use all devices available, and also devices that will be plugged in later.

Local devices that can be redirected include supported Plug and Play devices, media players based on the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), and digital cameras based on the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP).

Please note that disk drives and smart cards are redirected using dedicated Disk drives and folders and Smart cards options.

Video capture devices

Specifies video capture devices to redirect from a user device to the remote session. This is a high-level redirection that allows to redirect a composite USB device, such as a webcam with a microphone.

  • Allow devices redirection: Allows to choose which video capture devices to redirect.

  • Use all devices available: Redirect all available devices.

  • Use also devices that I plug in later: A device that is plugged in after a session is started will also be used. Note that if this option is disabled, you will need to restart a session for a newly plugged in device to become available.


Select whether to redirect LPT and COM ports.

Smart cards

Select whether to redirect smart cards. Note that if smart card is selected as the authentication type in the Primary connection pane, the smart card redirection is automatically enabled and this option is grayed out.

Pen and touch input

Enables or disables the following functions:

  • Pen input redirection with pressure sensitivity support.

  • Windows touch input redirection. Windows touch input redirection allows users to use Windows native touch gestures from touch-enabled devices, including touch, hold, and release actions. The actions are redirected to remote applications and desktops as corresponding mouse clicks. This option allows you to disable touch input redirection in case of app compatibility issues.

Note: This policy is applicable to Parallels Client for Windows and Parallels Web Client only.

Multimedia redirection for AVD

Allows to watch video content played in a browser on a remote Azure Virtual Desktop host. To use this feature, you also need to configure redirection on your AVD hosts as described at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/multimedia-redirection?tabs=edge#requirements.

Note: This policy is applicable to Parallels Client for Windows 10 1909 and later, and Windows 11. Note: Multimedia redirection on Azure Virtual Desktop is not available when using the Advanced client feature set. Note: Multimedia redirection on Azure Virtual Desktop is currently in preview. For the list of websites that support multimedia redirection, see https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/multimedia-redirection-intro.

File transfer

Enables file transfer in a remote session. To enable file transfer, select this node and then select a desired option in the Allow file transfer drop-down list in the right pane. For additional information, see Configuring remote file transfer.

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