PC Emulator on Cisco Secure Desktop

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Apr 5th, 2010

We have an ASA 5550.  We need to install Host Explorer software on each computer so that the users can do payroll on the Mainframe.  Is it possible to setup this software on the Cisco Secure Desktop using SSL client so that we do not need to install Host Explorer on each computer?


Thanks.


Diane

Correct Answer by Jennifer Halim about 6 years 10 months ago

No, each application software needs to be installed on the PC prior to connecting via VPN.

Correct Answer by Jennifer Halim about 6 years 10 months ago

No, you can not use CSD to install software that you would like to install. CSD provides virtual desktop to provide secure environment when you are connecting through VPN/SSL. CSD does not act like citrix or RDP unfortunately.

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Jennifer Halim Mon, 04/05/2010 - 17:38

No, you can not use CSD to install software that you would like to install. CSD provides virtual desktop to provide secure environment when you are connecting through VPN/SSL. CSD does not act like citrix or RDP unfortunately.

dianewalker Mon, 04/05/2010 - 19:28

Halijenn,


Thanks for your response and information.  I still don't quite understand CSD.  Can you give me an example when you would use CSD?  Can you access Microsoft Outlook on CSD?


Thanks.


Diane

Jennifer Halim Mon, 04/05/2010 - 19:41

CSD feature is designed for user who VPN in to the office from internet cafe. Internet cafe PC is deemed to be unsecure, so CSD creates a virtual partition on that internet cafe PC, so nothing from the PC can be transfered to your office that might infect the office network. CSD is designed to provide extra security, not as an environment that you can install software.


Here are the security features which CSD supports:

- Host Scan

- Secure Desktop vault

- Cache Cleaner

- Prelogin assessment

- Keystroke logger


More details on CSD here:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/csd/csd35/configuration/guide/CSDintro.html

dianewalker Tue, 04/06/2010 - 19:24

Halijenn


Thanks again for taking time to explain CSD.  I assume this is how CSD works.  The user logins to SSL client.  Then, CSD does security check (host scan, secure desktop vault, etc.).  Then, if the computer is OK, the user can now login the PC Emulator software to do payroll.  If there is a problem with the computer after security check, the user will not be able to login to the PC Emulator software to do payroll.


Thanks.


Diane

dianewalker Wed, 04/07/2010 - 08:43

Halijenn,


Is there a way to access the Host Explorer or Microsoft Outlook without installing client through VPN?


Thanks.


Diane

Correct Answer
Jennifer Halim Fri, 04/09/2010 - 00:38

No, each application software needs to be installed on the PC prior to connecting via VPN.

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