1.1 New Features in Release 5.3

This section describes the features that are new in the SGD 5.3 release.

1.1.1 Automatic Installation of the SGD Client Using Java Web Start

From this release, the SGD Client can be installed automatically using Java Web Start software. SGD users no longer require a compatible version of Java Plug-in software to be installed and enabled in their browser.

Java Web Start software is an Oracle technology for delivering Java applications to clients without using applets or browser plug-in software. See https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/java_webstart.xml for more information.

If Java software is installed on the client device, Java Web Start is used automatically for browsers where Java Plug-in software is not installed or is disabled.

For details on configuring Java Web Start, see Using and Configuring Java Web Start in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide.

1.1.2 Oracle Linux 7 Added as a Supported Platform

This release introduces support for Oracle Linux 7, as follows:

  • SGD installation platforms: Oracle Linux 7 is now a supported installation platform for the main SGD component and the SGD Gateway.

  • Application servers: The SGD Enhancement Module can now be installed on Oracle Linux 7 application servers.

  • Client platforms: Oracle Linux 7 is now a supported client platform for the SGD Client.

See Chapter 2, System Requirements and Support for more details on the supported platforms for this release of SGD.

1.1.3 Support for Deploying SGD as a VM Template

This release introduces support for provisioning an SGD deployment as a virtual machine (VM) template. This makes it easier to deploy SGD on a hypervisor and to integrate SGD with cloud services.

A new command, tarantella prepare, enables Administrators to prepare an SGD deployment as a VM template.

The following SGD deployments are supported for VM template provisioning:

  • Basic SGD server deployment: A single SGD server running on a supported host.

  • Single host Gateway deployment: An SGD server and an SGD Gateway running on the same host. Access to the Gateway deployment is through a single TCP port, usually port 443.

    A new command, tarantella discover gateway, automatically discovers and configures an SGD Gateway that is installed on the same host as an SGD server. See also Section 1.1.4, “Discovering an SGD Gateway”.

SGD includes deployment scripts for integrating with the Oracle Compute Cloud Service and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.

See Deploying SGD as a VM Template in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Installation Guide for more details of how to prepare an SGD deployment as a VM template.

1.1.4 Discovering an SGD Gateway

This release includes the tarantella discover gateway command, for automatic discovery and configuration of an SGD Gateway. The command automatically configures the Gateway for use with the SGD server where the command is run.

Discovery is only supported for a single host Gateway deployment, where a single SGD server and an SGD Gateway are installed on the same host. For this deployment method, you cannot use an array with more than one SGD server, or add other Gateways.

See Discovering an SGD Gateway in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Administration Guide.

1.1.5 New Application Server Objects for Oracle Hypervisor Hosts

The following application server objects have been introduced, to enable closer integration with Oracle hypervisor hosts:

  • Oracle VM hypervisor: Enables SGD to request a virtual machine (VM) from an Oracle VM installation.

  • VirtualBox hypervisor: Enables SGD to request a VM from an Oracle VM VirtualBox installation.

See Integrating SGD With Oracle Hypervisor Hosts in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide for details of how to use the new application server objects.

See Section 2.4.7, “Oracle Hypervisor Hosts” for the supported versions of Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

1.1.6 IPv6 Support for SGD Gateway Deployments

SGD now supports IPv6 network addresses for deployments using an SGD Gateway. IPv6 is supported for connections between the client device and the Gateway.

IPv6 support is enabled automatically for a standard installation of the Gateway.

See Configuring IPv6 Support for the SGD Gateway in the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Administration Guide for details of how to configure IPv6 connections for a Gateway deployment.