Friday Jul 05, 2013
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Jun 12, 2013
To help us design Oracle Secure Global Desktop better, we would like to collect feedback from our customers about their deployments with Oracle Secure Global Desktop via a short, simple 11 question survey. This survey is for those customers and partners who have deployed Oracle Secure Global Desktop in production environments and can be specific about the product features and/or product dependencies they find important and useful.
We appreciate a few minutes of your time filling this survey out. Here is the link to the survey.
Friday May 10, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on May 10, 2013
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:
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:
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:
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.
We'll see you next time with another tip. Have a great week!
Friday May 03, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on May 03, 2013
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!
Thursday May 02, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on May 02, 2013
We are please to announce that Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 is now certified for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtual environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments. 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.
Oracle E-Business Suite customers and partners may now use Oracle Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for Oracle Applications, knowing that Oracle certifies this particular scenario. For more details, please refer to this Oracle E-Business Suite technology blog or My Oracle Support (Note 1491211.1)
Tuesday Apr 30, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Apr 30, 2013
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):
Friday Apr 26, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Apr 26, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone! Our tip this week is on a basic task that is done frequently with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. In the video below, watch Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Desktop Virtualization, as he describes the steps to publish an application:
We'll see you all next week with another tip.
Friday Apr 12, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Apr 12, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone! We had a great week at Collaborate 13, thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth. We also blogged about "Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod", released version 4.2.12 of Oracle VM VirtualBox and version 4.63 of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Lots of great stuff going on!
Speaking of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, our Friday Tip this week is on that very product. In this video tip, Mohan Prabhala covers how to disable or enable copy functionality in applications to increase security:
We'll see you next week!
Sunday Apr 07, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Apr 07, 2013
We are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63. This version includes several bug fixes and also updates to components of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server. Specifically, the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server now supports Apache HTTP Server 2.2.24, OpenSSL 1.0.0.k, mod_jk 1.2.37, Tomcat 6.0.36 and JDK 1.6.0_43.
For information on downloading Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63, please visit here.
Friday Mar 01, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Mar 01, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone! We're busy getting ready for HIMSS13 in New Orleans (we'll be posting during the show next week, so please stay tuned for that), but that won't stop us from doing our Friday tip. This week's question focuses on Oracle Secure Global Desktop:
How do I setup an LDAP server using the command line option within Oracle Secure Global Desktop?
Answer by Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Oracle:
The ‘–login-ldap-url’ command line option was removed since Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.6. So using the ‘–login-ldap-url’ option when running the ‘tarantella config edit’ command will not work. You must use a service object which is a group of directory services configuration settings used for SGD authentication mechanisms. So the commands below should be the way to make this work:
tarantella config edit --login-thirdparty 1 tarantella config edit --login-ldap-thirdparty-profile 1 tarantella config edit --login-ldap 1 tarantella service new --name generated --type ldap --url "ldap://<server hostname>"
It is important to note that authentication mechanisms such as LDAP are used by Oracle Secure Global Desktop to login into the webtop. By default, Oracle Secure Global Desktop does not query LDAP during the launch of an application (once in the webtop). It is possible to pass through LDAP credentials to authenticate applications at launch time using the Authentication Configuration Tool (authconfig).
Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Feb 19, 2013
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop (coupled with Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway) provides access to Solaris desktops and terminal sessions from a variety of client devices and from anywhere in the world, allowing excellent performance even over high-latency WAN links.
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop (using the Client Drive Mapping or CDM feature) provides the ability to transfer files from user's local computers to the secure storage assigned to them within the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop is used to secure each independent software vendor's data and desktop access. The lab implements a separate Oracle Secure Global Desktop server per partner which is isolated on a separate VLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant setup.
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop's web services API allows for seamless integration of functionality within Oracle Solaris Remote Labs' portal, resulting in a coherent user experience for independent software vendors.
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway allows independent software vendors access to their resources using only a single point of entry into the network.The role of this gateway is to direct each user's network traffic to the correct VLAN and, thus, to the correct VMs.
Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
By Mohan Prabhala on Dec 19, 2012
Capgemini, one of the world's largest management consulting, outsourcing and professional services companies, is an Oracle Secure Global Desktop customer and uses it to provide secure, remote access to 1) corporate applications centralized in the datacenter and 2) desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Earlier this month, one of Capgemini's government customers in Holland were advised to avoid traveling to work, due to a heavy snowstorm. This resulted in a lot of employees working from home. Thankfully due to their deployment of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop gateway, employees were able to easily access their corporate applications and desktops from home and anywhere outside of their office. Capgemini reports that during the days of the snowstorm, a record number of users leveraged Oracle Secure Global Desktop (servers and gateway). Despite this record usage, Oracle Secure Global Desktop remained perfectly stable and allowed users to seamlessly access their applications and desktops.
This is a great example of how Oracle Secure Global Desktop allows employee productivity and business continuity even during severe weather conditions such as snowstorms. We are delighted to have enabled business continuity for Capgemini's customers, and look forward to our continued relationship with Capgemini.
Thursday Aug 16, 2012
By Mohan Prabhala on Aug 16, 2012
- Rich User Experiences: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, users can run multiple applications on different physical monitors attached to their client device. This increases productivity for users in organizations such as call centers, financial institutions etc. Also with this release, improved performance for 3-D applications utilizing OpenGL 1.3 graphics extensions is supported. The above capabilities are achieved due to incorporating a new protocol engine, based on the X.org foundation X Server release X11R7.6. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 now supports audio-input capability for server-hosted Windows applications. This allows use of conferencing, training etc applications with Oracle Secure Global Desktop.
- Enhanced Security: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, connections to the server are made secure by default, during installation. This ensures optimal out-of-the-box security, eliminating the need for additional post installation tasks by the administrator and ensuring consistency for large enterprise deployments. Secure mode installation also enables connections between the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in an array to be encrypted. For more information, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Security Guide for Release 4.7.
- Faster Deployment: With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. A new Oracle VM 3 template that includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 and Oracle Linux 5.8 can easily be imported and cloned from as a virtual machine within Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7.
- Supported for Latest Platforms: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, support for the latest internet browsers including Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and the latest Firefox ESR has been added. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 servers can now be installed and are supported on Oracle Linux 6 and Solaris 11 operating systems.
- Exceptional application responsiveness: Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and all other enterprise applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop can run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to provide secure remote access directly to Oracle Applications co-resident in Exalogic for an exceptionally responsive user experience. The following video from Oracle product management provides more details.
For more details regarding Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 documentation.
Thursday Aug 09, 2012
By Mohan Prabhala on Aug 09, 2012
- Routing proxy: A Java technology-based application that routes Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP) data connections to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. Keystores in the routing proxy contain the certificates and private keys used to secure connections for the SGD Gateway. The routing proxy uses routing tokens to manage AIP connections. A routing token is a signed, encrypted message that identifies the origin and destination Oracle Secure Global Desktop server for a route.
- Reverse proxy: An Apache web server, configured to operate in reverse proxy mode. The reverse proxy also performs load balancing of HTTP connections.
Tuesday Aug 07, 2012
By Mohan Prabhala on Aug 07, 2012
- Remote users experiencing slow performance issues due to high latency
- Administrators needing to restrict Primavera P6 access to SSL connections only
- Administrators needing to publish controlled application environments
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