Catalyst Knowledge Base

Browsium Catalyst version history and support lifecycle

Applies To All versions of Browsium Catalyst. Summary This document details the release dates, version numbers, and end-of-support dates for Browsium Catalyst General Distribution Releases (GDRs) – releases that are available for evaluation kit download and are automatically updated on your organization’s …

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Browsium Catalyst 2.0.1 Release Notes

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 2.0.1 Details The Browsium Catalyst 2.0.1 Release Notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Catalyst-2.0.1-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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Where can I find the latest Catalyst documentation (Admin Guide)?

The Catalyst Administration Guide can be easily accessed from the Help menu of the Catalyst Configuration Manager. You can also download it directly from our website.

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Recovering from manual deletion of the Catalyst extension for Chrome

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 2.0 or later Summary To function properly, Browsium Catalyst requires browser extensions to be installed and enabled in Internet Explorer, Chrome, and (optionally) Firefox. All of the extensions can be centrally managed via Group Policy per …

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How does the Catalyst 30-Day Evaluation Kit function?

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Details The Browsium Catalyst Evaluation Kit can be used on an unlimited number of PCs in your organization and be used to test both local registry and Group Policy deployment. It will time …

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Ion and Catalyst do not work with Enhanced Protected Mode

Applies To: Browsium Catalyst and Ion (all versions) Summary Starting with the release of IE10, Microsoft added an additional layer of security called Enhanced Protected Mode. Enhanced Protected Mode is designed to (in Microsoft’s words) “keep your data safe even …

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Managing virtualized IE6 with Catalyst and ThinApp

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 2.0 or later Summary Browsium Catalyst provides administrators with the ability to add custom browsers to any configuration so that browsers without a Catalyst extension can be the target browser for any Catalyst Rule. Custom browsers …

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Catalyst Rules don’t always work on homepages in Chrome or Firefox

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Summary The first page loaded when a browser is launched is known as the ‘homepage’. Organizations using Browsium Catalyst may want to ensure users view the corporate homepage using either Google Chrome or …

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Catalyst rules invoked in Google Chrome before URL is completed in the address bar

Applies To Catalyst 1.0 or later Summary Google Chrome includes a ‘predictive’ network capability, called “predict network actions”, designed to improve page load performance. As designed, this feature pre-fetches pages based on URLs entered into the address bar by the …

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Using Browsium Catalyst to control which browser is used for which Security Zone

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Summary Browsium Catalyst has the ability to define Rule actions based on several categories: Whole/Partial URL String Pattern Matching Security Zone Internet Domain This knowledge base article reviews how Security Zones work and …

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Catalyst Extension for Chrome not enabled by default

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Details Google has added functionality to Chrome version 25 and later to prevent software installers from enabling extensions for Chrome by default. Details on this Chrome feature can be found here. This may …

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Configuring XenApp to close Ion or Catalyst processes when closing a session

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Browsium Ion 3.0 or later … with XenApp 5.0, 6.0 and 6.5 Summary When an end user disconnects from a XenApp application that utilizes Ion or Catalyst, the user’s session might not close properly …

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Privacy modes and Browsium Catalyst

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Summary Modern browsers include more security and privacy features than ever before. One of these new features provides the ability for users to avoid leaving ‘tracks’ on the local computer about where they …

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Ion and Catalyst do not work with Internet Explorer Pinned Sites

Applies To: Browsium Ion and Catalyst (all versions) Summary Starting with Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft added the ability to “pin” sites by dragging and dropping the icon from the address bar onto the desktop or taskbar. Pinned sites can also …

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Why does Catalyst require a reboot after installation?

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later Summary It’s a good practice to close browser windows before installing the Catalyst Client. A reboot (or logoff/logon) is always recommended to ensure the Catalyst software is functioning properly, as some browsers have …

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Can Catalyst control the browser to use by IP address rather than URL string?

Yes, any address with a valid protocol (scheme) prepended to it that is recognized by the operating system to be opened up in a browser will be manageable from Catalyst.

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Downgrading to IE8 may result in incorrect taskbar shortcut

Applies To All versions of Browsium Ion and Browsium Catalyst Details Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Editions include both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. The 32-bit version of Internet Explorer can …

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How does Catalyst handle web pages with sub-frames which come from other domains?

Catalyst currently handles top-level navigations only. For example, if a page primarysite.com contains a sub-frame from anothersite.com, only primarysite.com, the top-level page, is used in evaluating the Catalyst rules.

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If Catalyst rules are found for both the machine and the user, which takes precedence?

Catalyst follows the Windows Policy-Preference standard, the same standard followed by all Microsoft products. The following list is in order of precedence, 1 being the highest and 4 being the lowest: Machine policy (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Browsium) User Policy (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Browsium) User Preference (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Browsium) …

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Can the Catalyst software and/or settings be distributed via SCCM?

Yes, any enterprise software distribution tool can be used. The Catalyst client software installer is an MSI file and the settings are stored in an XML file for flat-file distribution (or an Group Policy template for Active Directory distribution).

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Creating a Rule for Windows Update on Windows XP

Summary By default, Windows Update will only run in Internet Explorer when run on Windows XP. (Windows Update has its own Control Panel Applet on Windows 7). If the Block Other Requests setting for Internet Explorer is enabled in Catalyst, …

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Catalyst does not manage navigation of links from Jump Lists in Windows 7

Note: This issue has been addressed in Catalyst 1.0.1. Summary Windows 7 includes a feature to streamline the experience when opening recently viewed items. The Jump List feature is designed to take you right to the document or website you …

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Browsers referenced in projects must match browsers installed on client PCs

Note: This issue has been addressed in Catalyst 1.0.1. New projects created in Catalyst Configuration Manager assume that all client systems include Chrome and Firefox browsers, in addition to the built-in version of Internet Explorer. By default, these project files …

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Browsium Catalyst 2.0 Release Notes

Applies To Browsium Catalyst 2.0 Details The Browsium Catalyst 2.0 Release Notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Catalyst-2.0.0-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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Pro Tip: Using “Absolute URI” and “Is” in a Rule? Don’t forget the forward slash!

Using “Absolute URI” and “Is” in your rule is handy when you need an exact match to a very specific page, but don’t need everything else on the site to use an Ion or Catalyst rule. But “Absolute URI”is picky: it …

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More questions? Read our Catalyst General FAQs.