Parallels RAS Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Parallels RAS with AuthPoint as an identity provider. Parallels RAS must already be configured and deployed before you set up MFA with AuthPoint.

Parallels RAS can be configured to support MFA in several modes. For this integration, we set up RADIUS with AuthPoint. This integration was tested with Parallels RAS v17.0.

Parallels RAS Authentication Data Flow with AuthPoint

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the RADIUS protocol. This diagram shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for Parallels RAS.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

  • End users can log in to Parallels RAS.
  • An AuthPoint user has an assigned token.
  • You have installed and configured the AuthPoint Gateway (see About Gateways).

Configure Parallels RAS

To configure Parallels RAS and test the connection:

  1. Log in to Parallels Remote Application Server Console with an administrative account.
  2. From the navigation menu, select Connection.
  3. Select the Second level authentication tab.

  1. From the Provider drop-down list, select RADIUS.
  2. Click Settings.
    The RADIUS Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Select the Connection tab.
  4. In the Type Name text box, enter an easy-to-recognize name.
  5. In the Server text box, input your AuthPoint Gateway IP address.
  6. In the Secret Key text box, enter the key you set in AuthPoint.
  7. In the Password Encoding drop-down list, select PAP.
  8. To avoid a prompt to enter the password twice, select the Forward the first password to Windows authentication provider check box.
  9. To validate the connection, click the Check connection button.
    If the connection is configured correctly, in the confirmation message, click OK.

  1. Click Apply in the lower, right corner.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from Parallels RAS, you must:

Specify Parallels RAS as a RADIUS Client Resource

From the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Resources.
  2. From the Choose a Resource Type drop-down list, select RADIUS Client. Click Add Resource.

  1. On the RADIUS page, in the Name text box, type a name for this resource.
  2. In the RADIUS client trusted IP or FQDN text box, type the IP address for Parallels RAS.
  3. In the Shared Secret text box, type the shared secret for Parallels RAS.
  4. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with Parallels RAS, and you must assign an access policy for the Parallels RAS resource to that group. If you already have a group, you do not have to add another group.

In the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Groups.
  2. To add a new group, click Add Group. If you already have a group that you want to use, click the Name of your group to edit it.

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the group.
  2. (Optional) In the Description text box, type a description of the group.

  1. In the Access Policy section, click Add Policy.

  1. In the Add Policy dialog box, from the Resource drop-down list, select the resource you want to add an access policy for.
  2. (Optional) To require that users type their password before they authenticate for this resource, select the Require Password Authentication toggle.
  3. Select the authentication options users in this group can choose from when they authenticate.

    For RADIUS resources, you can only choose OTP or Push. RADIUS resources cannot use the QR code authentication option.

  1. Click Add.
    The access policy for your resource is added to the list.

  1. Click Save.

Bind the RADIUS Resource to a Gateway

To use RADIUS authentication with AuthPoint, you must have the AuthPoint Gateway installed on your corporate network and you must assign your RADIUS resources to the Gateway in the AuthPoint management UI. The Gateway functions as a RADIUS server. For more information, see About Gateways.

To bind the RADIUS resource to a Gateway:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Gateway.
  2. Select the Name of the Gateway.
  3. In the RADIUS section, in the Port text box, type the port number used to communicate with the Gateway. The default ports are 1812 and 1645.
  4. In the Select a RADIUS resource drop-down list, select your RADIUS client resource.
  5. Click Save.

Add Users to AuthPoint

Before you assign users to a group, you must add the users to AuthPoint. There are two ways to add AuthPoint user accounts:

  • Sync users from an external user database
  • Add local AuthPoint users

Each user must be a member of a group. You must add at least one group before you can add users to AuthPoint.

Test the Integration

To test AuthPoint MFA with Parallels RAS, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. For RADIUS resources, you can choose one-time password (OTP) or push.

In this example, we show the push authentication method. Users receive a push notification in the mobile app that they must approve to authenticate.

To test the integration:

  1. Open your Parallels RAS client.
  2. Type your Username and Password.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    The Parallels RAS window appears.