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Manual Chapter: Configuring Webtops for Portal Access
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About webtops

There are three webtop types you can define on Access Policy Manager® (APM®). You can define a network access as only a webtop, a portal access webtop, or a full webtop.

Important: Do not assign a webtop for a portal access connection configured for minimal patching mode. This configuration does not work.
  • A network access webtop provides a webtop for an access policy branch to which you assign only a network access resource.
  • A portal access webtop provides a webtop for an access policy branch to which you assign only portal access resources.
  • A full webtop provides an access policy ending for an access policy branch to which you can optionally assign portal access resources, app tunnels, remote desktops, and webtop links, in addition to network access tunnels. Then, the full webtop provides your clients with a web page on which they can choose a network access connection to start.
    Note: If you add a network access resource with Auto launch enabled to the full webtop, the network access resource starts when the user reaches the webtop. You can add multiple network access resources to a webtop, but only one can have Auto launch enabled.
resource assign with resources and webtop Resource assign action with resources and a webtop assigned

Configuring a webtop for portal access only

A webtop provides a screen for your users to connect and disconnect from the portal access connection.
  1. On the Main tab, click Access Policy > Webtops.
  2. Click Create to create a new webtop.
  3. Type a name for the webtop you are creating.
  4. From the Type list, select Portal Access.
  5. In the Portal Access Start URI field, specify the URI that the webtop starts.
  6. Click Finished.
The webtop is now configured, and appears in the list. You can edit the webtop further, or assign it to an access policy.
To use this webtop, it must be assigned to an access policy with an advanced resource assign action or with a webtop and links assign action.
Important: Do not assign a webtop for a portal access connection configured for minimal patching mode. This configuration does not work.

Configuring a full webtop

A full webtop allows your users to connect and disconnect from a network access connection, portal access resources, SAML resources, app tunnels, remote desktops, and administrator-defined links.
  1. On the Main tab, click Access Policy > Webtops.
  2. Click Create to create a new webtop.
  3. Type a name for the webtop you are creating.
  4. From the Type list, select Full.
  5. Click Finished.
The webtop is now configured, and appears in the list. You can edit the webtop further, or assign it to an access policy.
To use this webtop, it must be assigned to an access policy with an advanced resource assign action or with a webtop and links assign action. All resources assigned to the full webtop are displayed on the full webtop.

Creating a webtop link

You can create and customize links that you can assign to full webtops. In this context, links are defined applications and websites that appear on a webtop, and can be clicked to open a web page or application. You can customize these links with descriptions and icons.
  1. On the Main tab, click Access Policy > Webtops > Webtop Links.
  2. Click Create to create a new webtop link.
  3. In the Name field, type a name for the new webtop link.
  4. From the Link Type list, select whether the link is a URI or hosted content.
    • If you selected Application URI, in the Application URI field, type the application URI.
    • If you selected Hosted Content, select the hosted file to use for the webtop link.
  5. In the Caption field, type a descriptive caption. The Caption field is pre-populated with the text from the Name field. Type the link text that you want to appear on the web link.
  6. If you want to add a detailed description, type it in the Detailed Description field.
  7. To specify an icon image for the item on the webtop, click in the Image field and choose an image, or click the Browse button. Click the View/Hide link to show or hide the currently selected image.
  8. Click Finished.
The webtop link is now configured, and appears in the list, and on a full webtop assigned with the same action. You can edit the webtop link further, or assign it to an access policy.
Before you can use this webtop link, it must be assigned to an access policy with a full webtop, using either an advanced resource assign action or a webtop and links assign action.

Webtop properties

Use these properties to configure a webtop.

Property setting Value Description
Type Network Access, Portal Access, or Full
  • Use Network Access for a webtop to which you assign only a single network access resource.
  • Use Portal Access for a webtop to which you assign only portal access resources.
  • Use Full for a webtop to which you assign one or more network access resources, multiple portal access resources, and multiple application access application tunnel resources, or any combination of the three types.
Portal Access Start URI URI. Specifies the URI that the web application starts. For full webtops, portal access resources are published on the webtop with the associated URI you define when you select the Publish on Webtop option.
Minimize to Tray Enable or Disable. If this check box is selected, the webtop is minimized to the system tray automatically after the network access connection starts. With a network access webtop, the webtop automatically minimizes to the tray. With a full webtop, the webtop minimizes to the system tray only after the network access connection is started.
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