Novell SecureLogin is a very versatile solution that provides single sign-on capability to almost any kind of application, such as Web, Windows, Terminal emulators, and Java applications.
With respect to Web single sign-on, NSL currently supports Internet Explorer and Firefox as browsers. During NSL installation, if a user has both Internet Explorer and Firefox installed on the workstation, NSL will install the supporting files for both browsers. Once this is done, the user gets single sign-on functionality on both browsers. However, sometimes the user might want functionality to work on either of the browsers but not both. This can be done by un-installing NSL and re-installing it in the absence of Internet Explorer or Firefox. This is a tedious and time-consuming job for an end user who might not be familiar with tasks related to application deployment.
This problem can be overcome by disabling certain add-ons from browsers. This article gives you an overview on how to achieve this.
Solution: Web Single Sign-on with Novell SecureLogin
Novell SecureLogin has a very strong support for Web single sign-on in the form of Web Wizards and strong pre-built scripts. Because NSL supports Internet Explorer and Firefox as browsers , it has different mechanisms for providing single sign-on functionality in both browsers.
In the case of Internet Explorer , NSL provides a browser add-on named IESSOObj Class, which extends the functionality of Internet Explorer to provide single sign-on capability to Web applications. This is an add-on which is loaded as part of Internet Explorer launch and keeps running until the browser session is closed.
1. To view the NSL add-on for Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons.
Figure 1: Add-on used by Internet Explorer for Web single sign-on
Similarly, in the case of Firefox, NSL provides an add-on in the form of a browser extension named SLoMoz , which extends the functionality of Firefox to provide single sign-on capability to Web applications.
2. To view the NSL add-on for Firefox, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons.
Figure 2: Add-on used by Firefox for Web single sign-on
Enabling/Disabling Web single sign-on
As defined in the problem statement, an end user may want Web single sign-on to work only on Internet Explorer or on Firefox. This situation requires the user to disable the Web single sign-on functionality either browser as needed. This can be achieved very easily by following either of the two approaches below.
Preventing Firefox from Providing Web Single Sign-on
To use Internet Explorer for Web single sign-on instead of Firefox,
1. Launch Firefox and go to Tools > Add-Ons.
Figure 3: Location of add-ons for Firefox
2. When the Add-Ons pop-up menu is launched, search for the browser extension named SLoMoz and click Disable as shown below.
Figure 4: Button to disable the add-on used by Firefox for Web single sign-on.
3. Restart the browser for the changes to take effect.
Disabling Internet Explorer from Providing Web Single Sign-on
To use Firefox for Web single sign-on instead of Internet Explorer,
1. Launch Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Manage Add-Ons.
Figure 5: Location of Add-ons for Internet Explorer
2. When the Manage Add-Ons pop-up menu is launched, search for the browser add-on named IESSOObj Class, which extends the functionality of Internet Explorer to provide single sign-on capability.
3. Select it and choose Disable (it is enabled by default).
4. Click OK to confirm the operation as shown below.
Figure 6: Button to disable the add-on used for Internet Explorer