How to configure Corporate Device Recognition using Messageware OWA Guard

This article applies to the following products:
Messageware OWA Guard 2010

 

SUMMARY

 

Corporate Device Recognition can be incorporated with Messageware OWA Guard to provide users on company owned devices a specific set of Messageware OWA Guard functionality.

 

Devices are tagged by editing the browser’s user agent string; this article describes how this can be achieved when using the following browsers:

 

· Internet Explorer (Windows)

· Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Macintosh)

 

RESOLUTION

 

This section is divided into the following two parts: A) Configuring the user agent string in the OWA Guard Administration Page and B) Configuring the user agent string in the browser settings

 

A)    Configuring the user agent string in the OWA Guard Administration Page

 

1.     Open up a browser and type in the following URL: https://<server_name>/og-admin  

2.     Click on Captcha Rules and select the desired rule (i.e. External Settings)

3.     Click on the Edit button beside Corporate Device Recognition

a.     Click on Add new record to enter a new User Agent tag

b.    Example: Corporate_Device_User; ( Corporate_Device_User)

4.     Click on Insert, Update and Save to accept the changes

 

B) Configuring the user agent string in the browser settings

 

The user agent string is configured per browser on the client machine. Below are the details on how to configure the user agent string for the following browsers: Internet Explorer (Windows); Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Macintosh)

 

Internet Explorer (Windows)

 

1.     On the Client machine, open the registry editor (regedit)

2.     Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform

3.     In the right frame, right-click and select New\String Value

4.     Enter the name of value. The name is the User Agent tag entered in the Messageware OWA Guard Administration page

5.     No value data is required

6.     Close the registry editor

 

NOTE: When using Internet Explorer to access OWA via Exchange Forms-based Authentication, choosing the Basic client option overwrites the asset tag and therefore the user agent cannot be distinguished.

 

Mozilla browsers including Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Macintosh)

 

1.     Open a new Mozilla browser window

2.     In the address bar type about:config and press Enter

3.     Create a new String and name it general.useragent.extra.<Enter a relevant title>
Example: general.useragent.extra.AttachViewLaptop

4.     Provide a value which will be the user agent string
Example: Corp_Device_User
NOTE: This value will be visible in the user agent string

5.     Close the browser and open a new browser

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Please note that research has indicated that the user agent tag cannot be configured for the Safari browser on the Macintosh.

 

REFERENCES

 

Please refer to the articles below for further reference on the user agent configuration.

 

Understanding User-Agent Strings
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms537503(v=vs.85).aspx

 

About:config entries (Mozilla Firefox)
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Firefox_:_FAQs_:_About:config_Entries

 

This article applies to the following products:
Messageware OWA Guard 2010