How to Enable Java Web Start for Non-Chrome Browsers within Secure Global Desktop 5.2 (Doc ID 2182955.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Secure Global Desktop - Version 5.2 to 5.2 [Release 5.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

Java Web Start (JWS) is an alternate client launch modality that was introduced within the October 2015 PSU for Secure Global Desktop 5.2 as a direct response to Google's recent decision to disable NPAPI Plug-in Support within the Chrome web browser.  

Google disabled NPAPI Plug-in support within Chrome version 45, a change that effectively stopped the use of *all* web applications that relied upon the Java plug-in to operate.)  Administrators who would like to learn more about this change and the implications for Chrome users are advised to review the following document:

> (Doc ID 2051646.1) - Chrome Users are Unable to Connect to Secure Global Desktop after Browser Update


As delivered within SGD 5.2, the new Java Web Start functionality is only launched within clients connecting with the Chrome browser from Windows and Unix / Linux platforms.  

Many customers have expressed a preference for JWS over the traditional Java Plug-in experience, and have asked if this may be configured for 'automatic' use for additional client types. This document explores the steps needed to enable the use of Java Web Start for non-Chrome browsers, and the potential constraints of the approach.

Solution

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