Besides creating a physical desktop by replacing the shell, it is also possible to create a virtual web-based desktop. This allows you to integrate the interface with an existing portal environment for remote access purposes, so that users can connect to their desktop from a remote location via a web interface.
To create such a web-based desktop, you need to enable Web Portal rendering at Web Portal in the Setup menu. When Web Portal rendering is enabled, Workspace Control will render a Web Portal in the \Webtop folder located in the user's temp directory. The Web Portal can be started by launching a web browser with startup parameter %temp%\webtop\webtop.html.
You can change the Web Portal's appearance by selecting a Web Portal style. There are three default Web Portal styles to choose from. If you have a basic knowledge of HTML, you can edit the Web Portal style to fit your needs.
To make the Web Portal available to the user, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher needs to be made available as a managed application. For this purpose, the installation folder of Workspace Control contains the Building Block file web-portal-integration.xml with a preconfigured version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. By importing the Building Block file into the Management Console, the application Web Portal Integration will be added at Composition > Applications > Applications.
It is also possible to offer the Workspace Composer through the application Web Portal Integration only:
At Composition > Applications, open the application Web Portal Integration.
At Properties > General, copy the number in the ID field (for example 63) and close the application.
At Composition > Applications > Settings, select When online, start a specific application () instead of Workspace Control taskbar.
Enter the copied number of the application and click OK. This application ID is now shown in parentheses in the text. When the user starts a new session, only the application Web Portal Integration will be started; the desktop will not be shown.
You can also make a Web Portal available manually, by adding Microsoft Internet Explorer as a managed application to the Management Console and adding the parameter %temp%\webtop\webtop.html to its properties.
If the user session uses the Workspace Control shell, you can hide the Start button on the Web Portal by selecting Hide "Start"-button on Workspace Control Shell taskbar at Composition > Desktop > Lockdown and Behavior.