The SSL Gateway allows accessing internal computing resources like email and Intranet from any client computer on the Internet.
  • Only a Web browser is necessary on the client computer, so no dedicated software has to be installed.
  • Communication with the SSL Gateway is encrypted, so passwords do not transit in clear text.
  • email can be accessed transparently provided the mailer program is correctly configured (e.g Thunderbird imap and smtp servers have to be ssl.esrf.fr in SSL mode)
  • The Basic mode of the SSL Gateway - based on the site password, allows:
    • to browse the Intranet, including the Absence application (Pleiades),
    • to use the eGroupWare Calendar,
    • to use a basic ssh connection to NICE,
    • to launch a Windows Remote Desktop for accessing a Windows PC inside the ESRF (Troubleshooting),
    • to access files on the internal Windows File sharing.
  • The VPN mode of the SSL Gateway is almost never needed unless a very specific setup is required. It is restricted to several users at the ESRF.
  • X11-based UNIX applications require either ssh or NX - also based on the site password.


  Detailed User's manual.