Overriding Local Configuration Options With The Admin Panel And Registry Keys

The Parsec administrative panel gives Team Owners the ability to override application settings from the dashboard. You can also set group-specific settings on the Groups section of the dashboard.

Other Settings

For settings not included in the dashboard, you can override local settings through Group Policies and registry key changes.

You can apply settings configuration policies to the Parsec app via the Windows Registry. Configuration settings policy applied via the Registry will override any user configuration done in the Parsec settings UX, or in the configuration file (config.txt).

Create a String Value named "Configuration" in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Parsec Registry Key. You may need to create that file if you haven't done so in the past.

The value data will be based on the configuration options you select, the configuration values should be colon(:) separated.

An example sets the connection to use a maximum of 15Mbps, and default to using H265 video codec when possible. It also hides the Parsec Arcade and Friends List from the Parsec App.   Just note that setting this does not disable the Arcade or Friends list functionality at an account level, but rather just hides those features from the Parsec UI on the computer the policy was configured on.

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In order for the configuration policy to apply, the Parsec app must be restarted.  You can validate the policy by viewing the settings section of the Parsec app.

 

You can also add these Windows Registry settings by creating a .reg file, with the contents like this.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Parsec]

"Configuration"="encoder_bitrate=15:encoder_h265=1:app_arcade=0:app_friends=0"

You can apply additional settings to hide app functionality such as the Parsec Arcade and Friends.

You can view advanced configuration settings here.

To make your life easier, here are some settings you may be interested in.

Set the connection bandwidth limit to 15Mbps:
encoder_bitrate=15

Disable hosting on a computer:
app_host=0

Set the max concurrent connections per computer:
server_max_clients=1

Set the Parsec computer name:
host_name="This_is_the_computer_name"

Set the first UDP port the Parsec app will try use when a connection is initialized to this computer:
network_server_start_port=8000