Web-based Remote Access in a Restricted World, from BriForum 2007

Web-based interfaces, such as Citrix Web Interface and the new Longhorn TS Web Access, rely on the ability to deploy and launch special client applications such as Citrix ICA client, Microsoft RDC, or Ericom RemoteView.

This is a video of a breakout session from BriForum 2007, presented by Dan Shappir.

Session Description: Web-based interfaces, such as Citrix Web Interface and the new Longhorn TS Web Access, rely on the ability to deploy and launch special client applications such as Citrix ICA client, Microsoft RDC, or Ericom RemoteView. The same is also true for other types of web front-ends such as the ones used by most SSL-VPN products.

However, it is becoming progressively more difficult to download and launch applications via the browser as newer browser versions apply stricter security restrictions. In particular, Internet Explorer on Windows Vista raises the bar regarding the difficulty of performing such operations, and as a result breaks numerous existing web interfaces.

In this presentation, Dan will discuss the techniques used by web-based interfaces to perform such operations as they apply to various operating systems and browser types. These techniques include downloadable installers, ActiveX, Java applets, MIME type handlers, and Mozilla (Firefox) XPI. He’ll also describe the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods and how they can be combined in a single web interface that attempts to utilize the most appropriate method automatically.

Why you should attend this session: This presentation will provide an inside view regarding the difficulties that must be overcome in order to construct a usable web interface. It will also provide insight as to the reasons that can cause a web interface to fail in certain situations. In addition, it will provide tools for evaluating the capabilities of the web interfaces of various products.

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