The table lists requirements for installing and using client components on a Macintosh system. These requirements apply to the Network Access client component that is downloaded from the browser and to BIG-IP® Edge Client® for Mac.
|Browser||For App Tunnels to work, the browser must have Java enabled. For installation, Java is optional. The client uses Java to streamline the installation process only. Without Java, users can manually download and install the client packages.|
|Installation privilege||The remote user must have superuser authority, or, must be able to supply an administrative password to successfully install the Network Access client.|
For Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows-based systems, the Network Access client component is available for automatic download from the BIG-IP® system.
The first time a remote user starts Network Access, APM® downloads a client component. This client component is designed to be self-installing and self-configuring. If the browser does not meet certain requirements, APM prompts the user to download the client component and install it manually.
Users of BIG-IP® Edge Client®for Mac can connect securely and automatically to your network while roaming using the automatic reconnect, password caching, and location awareness features of Edge Client. You can customize the client package; you must download it and make it available to users as hosted content on the BIG-IP system, or through another delivery mechanism.
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. The administrator specifies the networks that are considered in-network, by adding DNS suffixes to the connectivity profile. With a location-aware client enabled, a user with a corporate laptop can go from a corporate office, with a secured wireless or wired network connection, to an offsite location with a public wireless network connection, and maintain a seamless connection to allowed corporate resources.
BIG-IP®Edge Client® provides an automatic reconnection feature. This feature attempts to automatically reconnect the client system to corporate network resources whenever the client connection drops or ends prematurely.
User interface on a Mac
BIG-IP® Edge Client® for Mac user interface displays these connection options.
Access Policy Manager® (APM®) supports all of the primary Network Access features for Mac clients, except for Drive Mappings and some endpoint security features.
For endpoint security support, refer to BIG-IP® APM® Client Compatibility Matrix on AskF5™ at http://support.f5.com/.
For information about Network Access features, refer to BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager: Network Access on AskF5™ at http://support.f5.com/.
On Macintosh operating systems, the client installs the VPN components and writes VPN logs to the locations listed in the table.
|Network Access plugin||/Library/Internet Plugins/|
|Endpoint Security (client checks)||~/Library/Internet Plugins/|