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.