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Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide for Version 4.6

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1.  Networking and Security

2.  User Authentication

3.  Publishing Applications to Users

4.  Configuring Applications

Windows Applications

Configuring Windows Application Objects

Creating Windows Application Objects on the Command Line

Configuring Microsoft Windows Terminal Services for Use With SGD

Authentication Settings

Session Resumability and Session Directory

Windows Printer Mapping

Drive Redirection

Encryption Level

Multiple Terminal Services Sessions

Remote Desktop Users

Time Zone Redirection

Audio Redirection

Smart Card Device Redirection

COM Port Mapping

Color Depth

Transport Layer Security

Terminal Services Group Policies

Keep Alive Configuration for Windows Terminal Servers

Licensing Microsoft Windows Terminal Services

Managing CALs From the Command-Line

Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop

Seamless Windows

Notes and Tips on Using Seamless Windows

Key Handling for Windows Terminal Services

Supported Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Terminal Services

The Windows Key and Window Management Keys

Configuring Windows Keyboard Maps

Returning Client Device Information for Windows Terminal Services Sessions

The SGD Remote Desktop Client

Using a Configuration File

Running Windows Applications on Client Devices

X Applications

Configuring X Application Objects

Creating X Application Objects on the Command Line

Supported X Extensions

X Authorization

X Fonts

Using Your Own X Fonts

Using a Font Directory

Using a Font Server

How to Configure SGD to Use Your Own X Fonts

Keyboard Maps

Character Applications

Configuring Character Application Objects

Creating Character Application Objects on the Command Line

Terminal Emulator Keyboard Maps

Default Mappings

Creating a Keyboard Map

Key Names

Client Device Keys

Application Server Keystrokes

Terminal Emulator Attribute Maps

How to Create Your Own Attribute Map

Editing Character Attributes

Terminal Emulator Color Maps

Examples of Using Color Maps

Dynamic Launch

Dynamic Application Servers

SGD Broker

User-Defined SGD Broker

VDI Broker

Dynamic Applications

How to Create a Dynamic Application

Client Overrides

Using My Desktop

Integrating SGD With Oracle VDI

How to Create a Dynamic Application Server for the VDI Broker

Using SSH

SSH Support

Configuring the SSH Client

How to Set Global SSH Client Options

How to Set Application SSH Client Options

Enabling X11 Forwarding for X Applications

How to Enable X11 Forwarding

Using SSH and the X Security Extension

How to Enable the X Security Extension

Using SSH and X Authorization

Using Advanced SSH Functions

Known Limitation With Client Keys

Application Authentication

Login Scripts

Configuring Application Authentication

The Application Server Password Cache

Managing the Application Server Password Cache

Security and the Password Cache

Windows Domains and the Password Cache

Input Methods and UNIX Platform Applications

Adding Support for System Prompts in Different Languages

Using RSA SecurID for Application Authentication

Tips on Configuring Applications

Starting an Application or Desktop Session Without Displaying a Webtop

Using SGD Web Services

Using Multihead Or Dual Head Monitors

Disabling Shared Resources

Configuring the Correct Desktop Size

Configuring Desktop Size for Client Window Management Applications

Configuring Desktop Size for Kiosk Mode Applications

Setting Up the Monitors

Improving the Performance of Windows Applications

Improving the Performance of Java Desktop System Desktop Sessions or Applications

Configuring the X Application Object for Java Desktop System

Disabling Default Java Desktop System Settings

Documents and Web Applications

Creating a Virtual Classroom

How to Create the Teacher's Application Object

How to Create the Classroom Application Object

Configuring Common Desktop Environment Applications

Configuring a CDE Desktop Session

Configuring a CDE Application

Using CDE and SSH

Configuring VMS Applications

Configuring the Login Script Used for the Application

Configuring the Transport Variable in the Login Script

Disabling X Security

3270 and 5250 Applications

Troubleshooting Applications

An Application Does Not Start

Checking the Configuration of the Application Object

Checking the Launch Details and Error Logs

Increasing the Log Output

Troubleshooting ErrApplicationServerTimeout Errors

Troubleshooting ErrApplicationServerLoginFailed Errors

An Application Exits Immediately After Starting

Applications Fail To Start When X Authorization Is Enabled

Applications Disappear After About Two Minutes

An Application Session Does Not End When the User Exits an Application

Checking the Session Termination Setting

Windows Applications Do Not Close Down

UNIX Desktop Sessions Do Not Close Down After Logging Out

Users Can Start Applications With Different User Names and Passwords

Using Windows Terminal Services, Users Are Prompted for User Names and Passwords Too Often

SGD Prompts the User

Terminal Server Prompts the User

Using Shadowing to Troubleshoot a User's Problem

A Kiosk Application Is Not Appearing Full-Screen

An Application's Animation Appears 'Jumpy'

Font Problems with X Applications

Display Problems With High Color X Applications

The X Application Fails With a Color Planes Error

The Colors Appear Strange

The X Application Uses Too Much Bandwidth

8-bit Applications Exit With a PseudoColor Visual Error

Clipped Windows With Client Window Management Applications

Emulating a Sun Keyboard

Display Update Issues When Shadowing Over a Low Bandwidth Connection

Troubleshooting Mouse Drag Delay Issues

Incorrect Time Zone Name Shown in Windows Applications

5.  Client Device Support

6.  SGD Client and Webtop

7.  SGD Servers, Arrays, and Load Balancing

A.  Global Settings and Caches

B.  Secure Global Desktop Server Settings

C.  User Profiles, Applications, and Application Servers

D.  Commands

E.  Login Scripts

F.  Third-Party Legal Notices



X Applications

This section describes how to configure X application objects.

This section includes the following topics:

Configuring X Application Objects

In the Administration Console, the configuration settings for X application objects are divided into the following tabs:

The following table lists the most commonly used settings for configuring X application objects and how to use them.

The name that users see.
The icon that users see.
Application Command
The full path to the application that runs when users click the link.

The application must be installed in the same location on all application servers.

The following are commonly used commands for desktop sessions:

  • /usr/dt/config/Xsession.jds – For a Sun Java Desktop System desktop

  • /usr/bin/gnome-session – For a Gnome desktop

  • /usr/bin/startkde – For a K Desktop Environment (KDE) desktop

See also Configuring Common Desktop Environment Applications, and Configuring VMS Applications.

Arguments for Command
Any command-line arguments to use when starting the application.

Note - Never specify a -display argument. This is set by SGD.

Connection Method
The mechanism SGD uses to connect to the application server, for example telnet or ssh.
Number of Sessions
The number of instances of an application a user can run. The default is three.
Application Resumability
For how long the application is resumable. The following options are available:
  • Never – The application can never be resumed

  • During the User Session – The application keeps running and is resumable until the user logs out of SGD

  • General – The application keeps running for a time, controlled by the Timeout setting, after the user logs out of SGD, and can be resumed when the user next logs in

Session Termination
The circumstances when the SGD server ends the application session.
Window Type
How the application is displayed to the user.

Use Kiosk for full-screen desktop sessions. Selecting the Scale to Fit Window check box for the Window Size enables SGD to scale the application window to fit the client device display.

Use Client Window Management to display the application as though it is running on the client device.

For other window types, you must specify a Height and Width for the Window Size or select the Client’s Maximum Size check box.

Color Depth
The application’s color depth.

SGD supports X applications with multiple color depths. So you can run an 8-bit application within a 24-bit desktop session by selecting 24/8-bit, for example

Application Load Balancing
How SGD chooses the best application server to run the application.

See Application Load Balancing for more details.

Hosting Application Servers tab
Use the Editable Assignments table to select the application servers, or group of application servers, that can run the application.

The application must be installed in the same location on all application servers.

Assigned User Profiles tab
Use the Editable Assignments table to select the users that can see the application. Selecting Directory or Directory (light) objects enables you to give the application to many users at once. You can also use an LDAP directory to assign applications. See LDAP Assignments.

In addition to this configuration, you can also configure the following:

Creating X Application Objects on the Command Line

On the command line, you create an X application object with the tarantella object new_xapp command. You can also create multiple X application objects at the same time with the tarantella object script command. See Populating the SGD Organizational Hierarchy Using a Batch Script.

X application objects can only be created in the o=applications organizational hierarchy.

Supported X Extensions

The supported X extensions are listed in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.6 Platform Support and Release Notes available at http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/821-1928.

X Authorization

By default, SGD secures X displays using X authorization. This prevents users from accessing X displays that they are not authorized to access.

For information about troubleshooting X authorization for X applications, see Applications Fail To Start When X Authorization Is Enabled.

X Fonts

SGD includes the standard X Window System fonts in compiled and compressed form (.pcf.gz), together with some additional fonts required by different UNIX systems. See Fonts in X11R6.8.2 for details. The fonts are installed in the /opt/tarantella/etc/fonts directory.

The following X fonts and font directories are available with SGD.

Variable-pitch 75 dpi fonts.
Variable-pitch 100 dpi fonts.
Fonts from the Andrew toolkit, required by some IBM applications.
A placeholder for CID-keyed fonts. If you want to add your own CID fonts for use with SGD, install them in this directory.
Cyrillic fonts.
A set of encoding files used by the Type1 and TrueType font handlers
Korean fonts.
Fonts required by some Hewlett-Packard applications.
Fonts required by some ICL applications.
Fixed-pitch fonts, cursor fonts, and fonts for compatibility with older versions of X.
Kanji and other oriental fonts.
Cursor fonts.
True Type fonts.
PostScript Type 1 fonts.
Using Your Own X Fonts

You can make your own X fonts available through SGD in the following ways:

After making the X fonts available, you must configure each SGD server in the array to use the fonts, see How to Configure SGD to Use Your Own X Fonts.

Using a Font Directory

To use a font directory, copy your fonts in .pcf format to a directory on each SGD server in the array and include a fonts.dir file that maps filenames to X logical font descriptions.

The fonts can be gzipped (.pcf.gz), but fonts compressed using the compress command (.pcf.Z) are not supported. If a font is compressed in a .Z file, decompress it first before copying to the SGD server.

The following is an example line from a fonts.dir file:

COURBO10.pcf -Adobe-Courier-Bold-0-Normal-10-100-75-75-M-60-ISO8859-1

If your font directory does not include a fonts.dir file, you can use a program such as mkfontdir, which is available for most UNIX systems, to create one.

You can also include a fonts.alias file, that specifies aliases for the fonts in the directory. This file maps aliases to X logical font descriptions. For example:

variable *-helvetica-bold-r-normal-*-*-140-*
Using a Font Server

A font server is a program that makes fonts on a host available on the network. Font servers make font administration easier by centralizing fonts, reducing duplication.

To name a font server in a font path, you need to know the name of the font server and the port on which fonts are being served. For example, if the font server boston uses Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) port 7100, add the font path entry tcp/boston:7100.

How to Configure SGD to Use Your Own X Fonts

Before You Begin

Ensure that no users are logged in to the SGD server, and that there are no application sessions, including suspended application sessions, running on the SGD server.

  1. In the Administration Console, go to the Secure Global Desktop Servers tab and select an SGD server.
  2. Go to the Protocol Engines -> X tab.
  3. In the Font Path field, type the path to the directory containing your X fonts, or the location of the font server.

    Each SGD server in the array can use a different font path. However, to avoid inconsistent display of applications, ensure that the same fonts, in the same order, are available to all SGD servers.

  4. Click Save.
  5. Restart the SGD server.
  6. Check the validity of the font path.

    Use the xset command to see if the font path is set.

    $ xset q

Keyboard Maps

SGD uses a keyboard map, or keymap, file to process keyboard input for X applications. A keymap file contains a list of keys for the keyboard and the corresponding characters produced when you press the keys.

By default, an SGD server uses the keymap file corresponding to the locale specified by the Keyboard Map attribute on the Protocol Engines -> X tab for the SGD server in the Administration Console.

The available locale settings are:

You can override the locale for a particular user, by setting the Keyboard Map (--keymap) attribute for the user profile object

To prevent an application from changing the default keyboard mappings, set the Keyboard Map: Locked (--lockkeymap) attribute for the application object.

Keymap files are located in the /opt/tarantella/etc/data/keymaps directory on the SGD server. This directory contains keymap files for the most common keyboard layouts. The keymap files in this directory have a file name beginning with x. For example, xuniversal.txt keymap file is used to map the keys of a Universal (English US) keyboard.

SGD uses the /opt/tarantella/etc/data/keymaps/xlocales.txt file to find the keymap file for the specified locale. This file maps locales to keymap files. For example, the xlocales.txt specifies the xuniversal.txt keymap file for a locale setting of en_US.