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Configuring the SGD Client for Desktop Start or Launch Menu Integration

In a default installation, users log in to SGD and display a webtop. The SGD Client can also be configured to operate in Integrated mode so that the list of applications a user can run displays in the desktop Start or Launch Menu instead of on the webtop.

To use SGD in this way, the following configuration is needed:

This configuration is described in the following sections.

Configuring the Client Profile

Integrated mode must be enabled in the user's client profile. Secure Global Desktop Administrators can enable Integrated mode by creating client profiles for organization and organizational unit objects. Alternatively, if profile editing is enabled, users can enable Integrated mode themselves.

Note See the Sun Secure Global Desktop Software Release Notes for details of the desktop systems that are supported for Integrated mode.

The following settings in a client profile are applicable to using Integrated mode:

Setting Description
Add applications to Start Menu
  • Enables Integrated mode.
  • Causes the SGD Client to add icons to the user's desktop Start or Launch Menu.
Automatic Client Login
  • Enables automatic logins to SGD.
  • If this is disabled, users must log in with a web browser. This means they see a webtop and have applications in their desktop Start or Launch Menu.
  • See Authentication Token Authentication for more details.
Connect on System Login
  • If enabled, the SGD Client connects each time the user logs into the desktop system.
  • If Automatic Client Login is also enabled, this gives users a single sign-on experience.
Proxy server settings
  • Proxy server settings can be configured in the client profile itself or detected from the default web browser.
  • Configuring the settings in the client profile itself reduces the need for a web browser.
  • See Using SGD with proxy servers for more details.

Note If a user edits their client profile, they must log out of SGD and log in again for the changes to take effect.

Configuring Applications

For applications that are configured with a Window Type of independent window, closing the window might end or suspend the application session, depending on the setting of the application's Window Close Action attribute.

In Integrated mode, there are no controls for suspending and resuming individual application instances. Applications that are configured to be always resumable (General) are automatically suspended when you log out and resumed when you log in. While in Integrated mode, you can only resume a suspended session by displaying a webtop and using the session controls for the application.

You might also want to configure the Number of Instances attribute to limit the number of instances of applications that users can run.

Performing the Initial Login in Webtop Mode

  1. Start a web browser and go the http://SGD-server/sgd URL.

    Note The SGD Client can be manually downloaded, installed and started from the command line.

  2. Log in and display a webtop.
  3. Enable Integrated mode.
  4. Log out of SGD.
  5. Log in to SGD using the Login link on the desktop Start or Launch Menu.

After the initial login, and depending on configuration, users do not need to use a web browser to access SGD. However, the SGD Client might start the user's default web browser if the user needs to log in or if it needs to obtain proxy server settings from the browser.

Generating New Authentication Tokens

If a user needs to generate a new authentication token, they must edit their client profile as follows:

  1. Clear the Automatic Client Login box.
  2. Click Save.
  3. Check the Automatic Client Login box.
  4. Click Save.
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