SMA Software Components
SMA appliances provide client-less identity-based secure remote access to the protected internal network. Using the Virtual Office environment, SMA appliances can provide users with secure remote access to your entire private network, or to individual components such as File Shares, Web servers, FTP servers, remote desktops, or even individual applications hosted on Citrix or Microsoft Terminal Servers.
Although SMA protocols are described as clientless, the typical SMA portal uses Web components that are downloaded from the portal transparently, allowing users to connect to a remote network without needing to manually install and configure a VPN client application. In addition, SMA enables users to connect from a variety of devices, including Windows and Linux PCs.
For administrators, the SMA web-based management interface provides an end-to-end SMA solution. This interface can configure SMA users, access policies, authentication methods, user bookmarks for network resources, and system settings.
For clients, web-based SMA customizable user portals enable users to access, update, upload, and download files and use remote applications installed on desktop machines or hosted on an application server. The platform also supports secure web-based FTP access, network neighborhood-like interface for file sharing, Secure Shell version 2 (SSHv2), Telnet emulation, VNC (Virtual Network Computing) and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) support, Citrix Web access, bookmarks for offloaded portals (external Web sites), and Web and HTTPS proxy forwarding.
The SMA network extension client, NetExtender, is available through the SMA Web portal for Windows or Linux systems. It is also available through standalone applications for Windows and Linux platforms. The NetExtender standalone applications are automatically installed on a client system the first time the user clicks the NetExtender link in the Virtual Office portal. NetExtender enables end users to connect to the remote network without needing to install and configure complex software, providing a secure means to access any type of data on the remote network. NetExtender supports IPv6 client connections from Windows systems and from Linux clients.
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