Using the Policy Manager Browser Client

The browser client version of the Policy Manager lets you manage the gateway using a standard Web browser. 
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Feature Deprecation
For Gateway versions 9.4 CR3 and newer with AdoptOpenJDK, the browser client version of the Policy Manager will no longer be available.
The browser client version of the Policy Manager lets you manage the 
Layer7 API Gateway
 using a standard Web browser.  
The user interface and functionality of the browser client version is very similar to the standard desktop client. 
Refer to Start the Policy Manager for complete details on how to start the different versions of the Policy Manager browser client. 
(1) If you wish to restrict browser client access, disable it by clearing the 
Enable web-based administration
 check box in the Requirements and Compatibility for a list of the compatible browsers. Be aware that the browser client does not run under Chrome.
Trusted Mode
 The Java applet in the Policy Manager browser client must be in trusted mode to run certain features.
Trusted mode is enabled if you had answered [
Yes
] to the browser and Java plug-in security dialogs on first use of the browser client version of the Policy Manager.
For more information about running the browser client, see Start the Policy Manager.
Browser Client Differences
The following table summarizes the differences between the browser client and the standard desktop client.
 
Feature
 
 
Browser client difference
 
 
Main Menu
 
Instead of a main tool bar.  
 
[File] > Exit
 
The Exit command has been removed. To exit the browser client, first click [
Save
] and then either click [
Disconnect
] or close the browser.
 
[File] > Preferences
Main Tool Bar > Preferences
 
Preferences do not include the following settings:
  • Inactivity Timeout
  • Remember Last Login ID
  • Gateway URL History Size
[View] > Status Bar
 
The Status Bar is not included in the browser client.
Policy Templates
 
There is no Policy Templates category in the [
Assertion
] tab, but you can still import and export template files.
Exporting/Importing Policies
 
Exporting a policy to a file or importing a policy from a file is supported in the browser client only if the Java applet is running in the trusted mode.
UDDI Registry
 
Importing a policy from a UDDI Registry is supported only when the Java applet is in trusted mode.
Log files
 
The browser client does not write to the local log files. To view local log information, show the Java console as follows:
  • Select 
    Sun Java Console
     in your browser's Tools menu if available, or
  • Open the Java control panel. Select the [
    Advanced
    ] tab > 
    Java console > Show console
    . Restart the browser if necessary.
 The local logs in the Java console only contain information about the internal activities of the browser client. These logs may be useful in helping to diagnose applet-specific problems, such as unresponsive buttons or drag-and-drop operations that do not complete.
The local logs are unrelated to the 
Layer7 API Gateway
 logs and audit records, which continue to be available through the Dashboard - Cluster Status windows.
 
Solution Kits
 
Operations within the Manage Solution Kits task are limited. Only the Uninstall operation is available. The Install, Upgrade, and Properties operations must be run from the desktop client.