Friday May 10, 2013

Friday Tips #27

Happy Friday! If you're been following this blog, you saw last week's tip on accessing applications and desktops with Oracle Secure Global Desktop over a cellular connection using just HTML5 on an iPad. This week's question concerns HTML5 in desktop browsers:

Question:
Does Oracle have plans to support HTML5 when using desktop browsers for Oracle Secure Global Desktop?

Answer by Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Oracle:
We can't discuss possible future directions. But if you want to get a feel for what it would be like to use Oracle Secure Global Desktop with HTML5 on a desktop browser (specifically the Chrome browser on a Mac, a Windows 7 PC, or a Linux based PC), you can try the following workaround.

Please note: that the workaround below is provided AS-IS, is NOT a supported configuration, and, at Oracle's sole discretion, may not be supported within Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Accordingly, this workaround must NOT be used for production deployments.

1) On the SGD server:

vi /opt/tarantella/webserver/tomcat/7.0.37_axis1.4/webapps/sgd/WEB-INF/web.xml

2) Inside the web.xml file you should see a parameter

<context-param>
      <param-name>clienttype</param-name>
      <param-value>AUTO</param-value>
</context-param>

Change the param-value to “H5C”

<context-param>
      <param-name>clienttype</param-name>
      <param-value>H5C</param-value>
</context-param>

3) Restart the SGD server:

/opt/tarantella/bin/tarantella restart

That’s really it. Let us know what you think, either via your Oracle sales rep or via this blog or our Twitter and Facebook social media channels.


Thank Mohan!

We'll see you next time with another tip. Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday May 03, 2013

Friday Tips #26

Happy Friday! With the exciting release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 this week, we though we'd do something a little different with our Friday tip.

Since access via iPad with HTML5 is a big part of this release, a question that has come up a few times is what performance is like over cellular connections. So, we recorded some video of an iPad using an iPhone 5 on LTE as a mobile hotspot, connecting back to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. You can see the real world cellular performance in the video below:

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Supports iPad Using HTML5!

Today, we are pleased to announce support for what has been one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most widely anticipated features - support for iPad via Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.0! Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 provides anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops (workspaces) from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client. In addition, since we leverage HTML5 to provide browser-based access inside Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, users need not download, maintain, configure and update specific client applications from the App Store.

This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide simple mobile access, enhanced security, full user productivity, security enhancements, session mobility, improved performance and expanded server, client and browser support.

  • Simple Mobile Access: Users can login to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 sessions and access all of their applications and data using the built-in mobile Safari web browser on iPad and iPad mini, without the need to establish a cumbersome VPN connection. Support for HTML5 enables a rich, browser-based user interface that provides simple, intuitive gestures and navigation, as well as extended keyboard capabilities, without the need for downloading or maintaining separate client applications. 
  • Full user productivity: For maximum productivity, copy and paste to and from applications, printing, and automatic session resizing (of the specific application or desktop running in the cloud), when rotating the iPad is supported. 
  • Security enhancements: Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway uses multi-factor authentication methods to access applications, increasing security when accessing cloud-hosted applications, regardless of location. With the included Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway, users can securely access their workspaces from PCs, laptops, or tablets both inside and outside the corporate firewall. 
  • Extended session mobility: Extends the session pause and resume feature to the iPad, allowing users to pick up their workspace right where they left off, even when moving from one client device to another. 
  • Improved performance: Delivers reliable performance and responsiveness for cloud-based applications and desktop sessions, even at cellular network speeds. 
  • Expanded server, client, and browser support: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 adds support for servers running Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Linux 6.4, and clients running Windows 8 (desktop mode) and Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Browsers supported now include Internet Explorer 10, Chrome, and Firefox ESR.  

Oracle's press announcement regarding this release can be found here.

For more information, you can also view the videos below (click to go to the video page and play):


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