Manual Chapter : Overview APM Clients

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  • 15.0.0, 14.1.0, 14.0.0, 13.1.1, 13.1.0
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Overview: APM Clients

About the Network Access client component

The browser-based Network Access client component provides full network access through BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager®. The client component provides users with access to IP-based applications, network resources, and intranet files available, as if they were physically working on the office network.

About BIG-IP Edge Client

BIG-IP Edge Client provides full network access through BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. Edge Client for Windows, Edge Client for Mac, and F5 Access for macOS provide clients with access to IP-based applications, network resources, and intranet files available, as if they were physically working on the office network. Edge Client software comprises individual components that provide network access features and application access.

In addition, Edge Client provides these features:

  • Automatic reconnection
  • Location awareness
  • Password caching
  • Captive portal detection
  • Notifications

About BIG-IP Edge and F5 Access Apps

BIG-IP Edge and F5 Access Apps are available from external download sites and provide network access for supported mobile clients. Tech notes for each of the Edge and F5 Access Apps list the supported features for the mobile client and provide configuration tips. For Edge Apps documentation, refer to the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at http://support.f5.com/.

About VPN connections from the command line

Access Policy Manager® (APM®) CLIs are available for Linux and Windows clients. The CLIs support making a VPN connection with an access policy that includes a Logon Page and any authentication types that require user name and password only. Endpoint security inspections are not supported.

The Linux CLI for Linux is available for download from the BIG-IP® system. The Windows CLI is installed with the BIG-IP Edge Client® for Windows.

Additional resources and documentation for BIG-IP Access Policy Manager

You can access all of the BIG-IP system documentation from the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at https://support.f5.com/.

Document Description
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Application Access This guide contains information for an administrator to configure application tunnels for secure, application-level TCP/IP connections from the client to the network.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Authentication Essentials This guide contains information to help an administrator understand authentication concepts, such as AAA server, SSL certificate, local user database, and so on.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Authentication Methods This guide contains information describes different types of authentication, including Active Directory, LDAP and LDAPS, RSA SecurID, RADIUS, OCSP, CRLDP, Certificate, TACACS+, and so on.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: OAuth Concepts and Configuration This guide describes OAuth concepts and explains how to configure the system to use OAuth authorization servers, resource servers, and other examples.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: SAML Configuration This guide introduces SAML concepts and provides several examples using APM as a SAML IdP, as a SAML service provider, and others.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Single Sign-On Concepts and Configuration This guide describes how to configure different types of single sign-on methods, such as HTTP basic, HTTP forms-based, NTLMV1, NTLMV2, Kerberos, OAuth Bearer.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Customization This guide provides information about using the APM customization tool to provide users with a personalized experience for access policy screens, and errors. An administrator can apply your organization's brand images and colors, change messages and errors for local languages, and change the layout of user pages and screens.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Edge Client and Application Configuration This guide contains information for an administrator to configure the BIG-IP system for browser-based access with the web client as well as for access using BIG-IP Edge Client and BIG-IP Edge Apps. It also includes information about how to configure or obtain client packages and install them for BIG-IP Edge Client for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and Edge Client command-line interface for Linux.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Implementations This guide contains implementations for synchronizing access policies across BIG-IP systems, hosting content on a BIG-IP system, maintaining OPSWAT libraries, configuring dynamic ACLs, web access management, and configuring an access policy for routing.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Network Access This guide contains information for an administrator to configure APM Network Access to provide secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Portal Access This guide contains information about how to configure APM Portal Access. In Portal Access, APM communicates with back-end servers, rewrites links in application web pages, and directs additional requests from clients back to APM.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Secure Web Gateway This guide contains information to help an administrator configure Secure Web Gateway (SWG) explicit or transparent forward proxy and apply URL categorization and filtering to Internet traffic from your enterprise.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Third-Party Integration This guide contains information about integrating third-party products with Access Policy Manager (APM). It includes implementations for integration with VMware Horizon View, Oracle Access Manager, Citrix Web Interface site, and so on.
BIG-IP Access Policy Manager: Visual Policy Editor This guide contains information about how to use the visual policy editor to configure access policies.
Release notes Release notes contain information about the current software release, including a list of associated documentation, a summary of new features, enhancements, fixes, known issues, and available workarounds.
KB articles Knowledge base articles are responses and resolutions to known issues, additional configuration instructions, and how-to information.