Novell upgrades Single Sign-on

By Paul Ferrill, Network World |  Networking

In order to define a new application you must be able to run v-GO for NSSO and the application you want to define from the administrative workstation. The process for defining a new application consists of running that application and then adding the information to the master application list.

Novell provides an .ADM file for implementing specific policies related to the screen saver. The .ADM file is compatible with ZENWorks extensible policies or Microsoft's policy management. Configurable parameters let you enable/disable whether users can select a screen saver, access the screen saver's Settings and Preview buttons, and set or modify the screen saver's Wait timeout value.

Other administrative features include the ability to enable or disable v-GO for all users in a container, force the removal of local logon data at system shutdown and control the basic appearance of the different v-GO dialog screens. All these administrative features worked as advertised.

Ease of use

From the end user's perspective, NSSO is exceptionally easy to use. Accessing a new application or Web site requiring logon for the first time forces v-GO to remember those credentials and store them in the SecretStore. The next time the user goes back to the same Web site or application, v-GO takes care of the logon. The software even keeps track when a password change is requested, changes the password in the SecretStore and responds to the change dialog from the application. One note of interest Ñ v-GO requires either Internet Explorer Version 4.X or 5.1. It does not work with Internet Explorer 5.0.

V-GO uses a cache on the local workstation to store an encrypted version of the SecretStore information. This lets v-GO work in a disconnected scenario for mobile users with laptops not directly connected to the network. Synchronization takes place when the machine is started while connected to the NDS network, when logon data is updated in the local store and when v-GO is shut down. Local access is granted whhen the user logs on to Windows.

For the administrator, the ConsoleOne program provides a clean interface for changing the various settings and performing common tasks such as defining new applications to be automatically recognized by NSSO. While the standard v-GO interface will detect and add a new application on the fly, an administrator-defined process will streamline the experience requiring that only the user name and password be entered.

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