3.2. Using the Webtop

The webtop lists the applications and documents you access through SGD, including the SGD administration tools.

The webtop lists some sample applications that the SGD installation program found on the host so that you can start using SGD.

3.2.1. Running Applications

To run an application, click its link on the webtop, as shown in Figure 3.6, “An Application Link on a Webtop”.

Figure 3.6. An Application Link on a Webtop

Screen capture of an application link on a webtop

When you start an application, you might be asked for a user name and password. This is authentication information for the application server which is running the application. These details can be cached securely so you do not need to enter them more than once for each application server.

SGD Administrators configure how applications appear. Some applications might appear full-screen with no window decoration, and others in a window that behaves in the same way as a window on the client device.

When an application is running, a triangle appears in front of the application's name on the webtop and a number appears in brackets after it. The session toolbar also appears below the application name, as shown in Figure 3.7, “The Session Toolbar”.

Figure 3.7. The Session Toolbar

Screen capture of the Session Toolbar

The number in brackets is the number of separate instances of the application you have started. SGD Administrators configure how many simultaneous instances of an application that you can run.

Some applications can be configured to keep running even when they are not displayed. These are “resumable” applications. To close an application's window without ending the application, you suspend the application. To display the window again and start using the application, you resume the application.

There is a separate session toolbar for each running instance of the application, which you use as follows:

  • Click the Suspend button to suspend an application session

  • Click the Resume button to resume an application session

  • Click the Cancel button to end an application session

Click the triangle to hide and show the session toolbars for the application sessions, as shown in Figure 3.8, “Hidden Session Toolbars”.

Figure 3.8. Hidden Session Toolbars

Screen capture of hidden Session Toolbars

You can manage all your application sessions at once from the links at the top of the Applications area. You use these links as follows:

  • Click Suspend All to suspend all running applications

  • Click Resume All to resume all suspended application

  • Click Cancel All to end all running or suspended applications

Applications can have one of three resumability settings.

Setting

Description

Never

The application exits when you log out of SGD.

You cannot suspend or resume, non-resumable applications.

During the User Session

The application continues to run until you log out of SGD.

While you are logged in, you can suspend and resume these applications.

General

The application continues to run even after you have logged out of SGD.

When you log in again, click the resume button to display the running application again.

Resumable applications are useful for the following reasons:

  • Applications that take a long time to start can be left running, even after you have logged out of SGD.

  • You can leave applications running while you travel.

  • You can easily recover from browser or other crashes.

3.2.2. Changing Your Settings

If you click the Edit button in the Applications area of the webtop, you can change your settings.

On the Edit Groups tab, you can personalize your webtop by arranging your applications into groups. You decide how and when the groups display. Groups are useful for keeping similar applications together or for hiding applications not used very often. Only an SGD Administrator can add an application to, or remove an application from, the list of applications that are available on a user's webtop.

On the Client Settings tab, you can configure the settings for the SGD Client, for example the proxy server to use. The settings are stored in a profile on the client device.

3.2.3. Logging Out

You must log out of SGD before closing your browser. This enables SGD to shut down any applications that need not run any more and stop the SGD Client.

If you close your browser without logging out, you are not logged out of SGD, because the SGD Client is still running. If you accidentally close the browser, you can only display the webtop by logging in again.

To log out of SGD, click the Logout button on the webtop and click OK when prompted for confirmation.