Use the information in this section to troubleshoot problems when users log in to SGD. This section includes the following topics:
To help diagnose problems with Secure Global Desktop authentication, use one or more of the log filters shown in the following table to obtain more information.
For information about setting log filters, see Using Log Filters to Troubleshoot Problems With an SGD Server.
SGD Administrators can enable a login failure handler so that users are denied access to SGD after three failed login attempts. See How to Enable the Login Failure Handler. This additional security measure only works if users have their own user profile objects in the local repository. It does not work for the default profile objects in the System Objects organization. See for details
The number of login attempts is configurable, see How to Change the Number of Login Attempts. By default users get three attempts. The number of login attempts is local to each SGD server and is not copied across the array. Only when the login limit is reached on a server, is the user denied access across the array. For example, a user could try to log in on each SGD server two times, but only when they fail for the third time on a server are they denied access to the other members of the array.
If a user is denied access, they are only denied access to SGD. They are not denied access to the host on which SGD is installed
When a user is denied access, SGD deselects the Login check box on the General tab (--enabled false) for the user profile object in the Administration Console. To give a user access again, you must select the check box (--enabled true).
For security reasons, users are not given any indication that their account is disabled. They see the same message as if they had typed an incorrect password.
You can only enable the login failure handler from the command line.
$ tarantella config edit \ --tarantella-config-components-loginfailurehandler 1 \ --tarantella-config-components-loginfailurefilter 1
Ensure that no users are logged in to the SGD servers in the array and that there are no running application sessions, including suspended application sessions.
Use the following command:
# tarantella config edit \ --com.sco.tta.server.login.LoginFailureHandler.properties-attemptsallowed num
Use the following command:
# tarantella restart sgd --warm
If all users, including the UNIX system root user, cannot log in to any SGD server, this might be caused by either of the following:
All authentication mechanisms are disabled
User logins to all SGD servers are disabled
To check whether all authentication mechanisms are disabled, use the following command:
$ tarantella config list | grep login
If all authentication mechanisms are disabled, enable the UNIX system authentication mechanism from the command line, as follows:
$ tarantella config edit --login-ens 1
Once the UNIX system authentication mechanism is enabled, you can log in to the Administration Console with the user name “Administrator” and the UNIX system root user’s password. You can then reconfigure authentication.
To check whether user logins are disabled for an SGD server, use the following command:
$ tarantella config list --server serv... --server-login
If user logins to all SGD servers are disabled, use the following command to enable user logins:
$ tarantella config edit --array --server-login 1
SGD enables more than one user to log in using the same user name and password, for example to share an account for guest users.
Note - Anonymous users are always treated as using a shared account, see Anonymous User Authentication.
Users that share a user profile object share the same application server passwords. Guest users cannot add or change entries in the password cache. This means that, unless an SGD Administrator has cached application server passwords for them, guest users are prompted for a password every time they start an application. Use the Administration Console or the tarantella passcache command to manage application server passwords for guest users.
The General tab is displayed.
If users with Solaris OS client devices find that they cannot log in to an SGD server when SGD security services are enabled, check that the /dev/random device is present on the client device.
SGD security services require the /dev/random device. If it is missing, install the Solaris OS patch that contains this device.
The Ambiguous User Name dialog is displayed only for users who share person object attributes and also have the same password.
For example, there are two users with the name John Smith (cn=John Smith) and they have chosen the same password. Their email addresses and user names are different. If they log in with the name John Smith, SGD displays the Ambiguous User Name dialog which asks them to provide either an email address or a user name. The dialog displays because the credentials they supply match more than one user. If they log in using an email address or a user name, they are logged in.
The Ambiguous User Name dialog is displayed only if you are using LDAP authentication or UNIX system authentication that searches for the user ID in the local repository.
The solution is to ensure that users have unique passwords. Alternatively, configure the user profiles to have unique attributes. SGD uses the Name (--name), Login Name (--user) and Email Address (--email) to identify and disambiguate users.