The BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager includes automatic installation support for Windows clients. Access Policy Manager (APM) downloads components to the end user's computer at initial login. These downloaded client components enable the various features of the Access Policy Manager functionality.
This download occurs automatically for those systems that support software installation. For clients that do not support automatic software installation, you can configure and distribute the BIG-IP Edge Client, configured to meet the needs of the client systems you support.
The requirements for automatic installation differ depending on whether the Windows client initiates a session from a browser, or instead starts a network access tunnel.
Access policy sessions other than network access tunnels do not require administrative access. All client-side checks and actions can run without administrative rights.
To use the BIG-IP Edge Client for Windows, you must configure settings for the BIG-IP Edge Client for Windows in a connectivity profile on Access Policy Manager (APM). The connectivity profile for Windows includes Win/Mac Edge Client settings including:
A Windows client package is attached to the connectivity profile. APM can use it for automatic installation on Windows systems. You can customize the Windows client package. You can also download and distribute it.
The BIG-IP Edge Client provides a location awareness feature. Using location awareness, the client connects automatically only when it is not on a specified network. You can specify the networks that are considered in-network by adding DNS suffixes to the connectivity profile.
|User authentication actions||Settings and description|
|View the access policy screen. (User name and password fields are prefilled.) Click Logon.||Select the Enforce Access Policy in Custom Dialer check box and clear the Prompt Username and Password check box. (Runs the access policy.)|
|View a logon prompt. (User name and password fields are prefilled.) Click Connect.||Clear the Enforce Access Policy in Custom Dialer check box and select the Prompt Username and Password check box. (Skips the access policy.)|
|None.||Clear the Enforce Access Policy in Custom Dialer and Prompt Username and Password check boxes. (Skips the access policy and suppresses the logon prompt. Authenticates the user to APM.)|