SSL gateway

Warning!! A new SSL Gateway will be available starting on Monday 6 July 2015.
Information shown hereafter concerns instructions about how-to-access internal ESRF resouces by using this new SSL platform.
Please, contact in case of any doubt.

The SSL Gateway allows accessing internal computing resources like email and Intranet from outside:

  • Any ESRF Windows laptop, with a recent version of Mozilla Firefox web-browser and a recent version of java installed, can use SSL access.
  • Communication with the SSL Gateway is encrypted, so passwords do not transit in clear text.
  • E-mail can be accessed transparently by providing to e-mailer program its right settings (e.g Thunderbird imap and smtp servers have to be configured 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 a basic ssh connection to NICE,
    • to launch a Windows Remote Desktop for accessing a Windows PC inside the ESRF,
    • to access files on the internal Windows File sharing.


Please, refer to the SSL User's manual for details.

For any other X11-based UNIX applications, either ssh or NX is should be used instead (also protected by user on-site credentials).