Oplon Secure Access User Guide
This guide is intended for all end users of Oplon Secure Access. Here we will explain how to open a resource of type Host, RDP Remote App or Web App and how to make the best use of the features such as Copy&Paste, File Manager and integrated text editor.
To access Oplon Secure Access, go to the address provided by your organization and log in with double authentication factor. In case of absolute first access, we refer to the guide which explains step by step how to register and log in for the first time.
Once landed in the dashboard it is possible to see two buttons from the side menu:
Once the button dedicated to opening the Resources (1) has been clicked, the menu containing them will be shown on the left all resources that can be accessed.
Within Oplon Secure Access a resource can be:
- Linux/Windows with RDP/VNC/SSH
- Remote App RDP
- Web Apps (HTTP/HTTPS)
- Search Bar: It is used to search resources by IP/Hostname, Name or Description
- User group: it is the group of users (class of privileges) with which access is made, it is decided by the Manager and is used to assign a group of resources
- Location: it is a logical label that serves to group together a set of Resources
- Open in a new Tab: button used to open the resource on a new tab
- Open here: this is a button used to open the resource on the current layout
- Access types: it is a list (if present) which contains all the types of access to the machine
- Users List: it is a list (if present) that contains all the os login names with which it is possible to access the machine
- Resource info: Indicates the information of the currently selected resource
To open a new resource, simply click on the Open in a new Tab (4) button (the only choice in the case of Web Apps) or on Open here (5). If there are multiple types of SSH/RDP/VNC access, the interface will show a sub-menu which will select one of the protocols required to access the resources. Again in the case of multiple Os login names configured for that resource, the system will also ask which user to select for access.
If the resource is opened via the Open Here button, a window will be displayed asking us in which one of the 4 granted layouts we want to dispose of our new resource.
The supported layouts are:
- Full screen
- Two vertical windows
- Two horizontal windows
- Four windows
Once the resource has been opened, it will appear as a window within the Secure Access layout. Omitting to describe the normal user interactions that can be had on the resource we will focus on listing interface features.
- File Manager
- Graphic Copy&Paste
- Reload: It is used to reload the current session
- Full layout mode: It is used to occupy the maximum possible space in the layout
- Close: Used to close the resource
The File Manager of each Host is accessible through the folder-shaped icon located in the upper left corner of each open resource. By clicking on it, the File Manager of the selected machine will be shown on the right side of the interface.
- Path: the path where we reside is shown here
- Menu button: clicking on it will bring up a contextual menu which will allow us to:
- Create a new file
- Create a new folder
- Copy current path
- Refresh displayed content
- File Manager: The contents of remote folders are shown here. From here it is also possible to access a contextual menu to files by pressing the right button. From here it will be possible to do:
- Opening via the File Editor
- Rename files
- Deletion of files and folders
- Copy the path
- File info
To download a file, from the file manager, simply right-click on the file you want to download and click on "Download". This will start a Download operation which will be handled entirely within the browser. It is also possible to see the progress/result of the operation, at the top left of the open window.
The download operation is mediated through simple Drag&Drop of files. To do this you need to open the file manager, position yourself in the path where you want to upload the file and Drag&Drop the file into the File Manager area. This will start an upload procedure. You can check the status/progress of the operation on the top left of the open host.
The Hypercopy operation, i.e. the transfer of files between machines, is achieved by opening the context menu from the file you want to transfer (right click) and click on "Hypercopy".
This will show a dialog where, in order to successfully transfer the file, you will need to:
- Select the target machine (with the desired user if applicable):
- Select the path where the file will be copied and click "Hypercopy":
Within Secure Access it is also possible to edit files within the browser itself. The functionality, accessible of course from the file manager it can be activated by right-clicking on the file you want to edit and > "Open in editor".
This will cause the current window where the open machine resides to be replaced with the File Editor window.
From here it is possible to edit the file, possibly change the highlighting if you are editing a file with some source code, save or close.
Inside Secure Access every textual content copied from the remote resource via the usual methods CTRL+C, mouse right key>copy, text selection on ssh, etc... will be made available within the logged in user's local clipboard, giving the possibility to access it outside the Secure Access platform (e.g. inside your notepad)
As far as the paste operation is concerned, due to the different nature of the browsers through which you connect to the platform, follows different specifications:
- Paste using the usual shortcuts CTRL+V, CMD+V, etc... is always available whatever the browser
- Paste it via all other methods e.g. "Right Click>Paste" (graphical sessions) or "Right Click" (on ssh), is available:
- on Chrome/Chromium/Edge/Opera by activating the relative setting Shared Clipboard from the settings menu
- on Firefox/Safari (or all the others if the Shared Clipboard is disabled) through the appropriate contextual menu at the top left next to the file managing icon (or by right-clicking on SSH), from here it is possible to do:
- Only send to remote clipboard (SEND)
- Send plus paste "simulated" via (SEND&PASTE)
The Graphic Clipboard can be activated by using the appropriate button at the top left of the current window or by right-clicking in the case of SSH sessions, it allows you to send text to the remote clipboard in graphical form.
Two clipboard sending modes are provided:
- Send only to the remote clipboard (into the memory area)
- Sending to the clipboard and "simulating" a paste
Furthermore, there is also a history that includes the last 6 pastes made by the user.
In case of SSH access, Secure Access allows you to broadcast commands up to 4 resources. To enable the broadcast mode, once all the terminals where you want to broadcast commands have been opened, just click on the button to the right of the title, this will cause the selected terminal to be set as "primary", while all others will be set as "secondary"
It is also possible to undock/dock the terminals on command in case you want to temporarily stop using the mode on one or more terminals, to do so just click on the padlock icon.
To close the broadcast mode instead, simply click again on the broadcast button of the primary terminal to go off-hook everyone else too.
The features present are:
- Dark mode: change OSA theme between DARK and LIGHT
- Density: change window display mode between <Compact|Normal|Large>
- Full Screen mode: enable/disable full screen/kiosk mode
- Keyboard layout: change keyboard layout type (remote desktop only)
- Shared Clipboard: Setting that allows you to enable/disable reading in the clipboard
- Editor theme: change the text editor theme.