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Browsium Ion version history and support lifecycle

Applies To All versions of Browsium Ion. Summary This document details the release dates, version numbers, and end-of-support dates for Browsium Ion General Distribution Releases (GDRs). Use this article to determine which version of Ion you have installed on your system …

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Browsium Ion 3.3 Release Notes

The Browsium Ion 3.3 Release Notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Ion-3.3.0-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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Using Browsium ADM and ADMX Templates for Ion and Catalyst

Applies To: Browsium Ion 3.3 or later Browsium Catalyst 2.1 or later (not yet available) Summary Starting with Browsium Ion 3.3 and Browsium Catalyst 2.1, configurations can no longer be stored in the registry. Instead, a single registry value points …

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

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

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What are the minimum system requirements for Ion?

Browsium Ion has been designed to be lightweight. In general, if your system can run Windows, it can run Ion. The specific minimum requirements for Ion 3.3 are: Operating System Windows XP Windows 7 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2003 Windows …

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Running multiple versions of Java side-by-side with Ion

Applies To Ion 3.0 and above. Summary Browsium Ion enables freezing the versions of components required to run your web applications at a ‘known good state’. This often includes running a specific version of Java for one web application that …

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Remediating strings in responses with no content-type

Applies To Ion 3.1 and later Summary In rare cases, a server may return a response with no ‘Content-Type’ HTTP header field.  Ion assumes these responses have the ‘application/octet-stream’ binary MIME type and will not make changes to the body, …

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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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Disable DEP for Ion-managed applications

Applies To Ion 3.0 and above. Summary Disabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for Internet Explorer is not recommended, but some legacy web applications may require disabling DEP in order to allow the application to function as expected. Ion v3 offers …

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Ion and Catalyst do not work with Internet Explorer Pinned Sites

Applies To: Browsium Catalyst and Ion (all versions) Internet Explorer 9 and above 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 …

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Java 1.6 remediation issues and workarounds

Applies to Ion 3 and above. Symptom You see an “Object not found” or an “Object method XXYY not found”  error while loading a webpage that uses a Java 1.6 applet. Workarounds/Alternatives Configure a profile for this site that only …

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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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Understanding Ion Profile default UA string values

Applies to Ion 3.0 or later Summary When creating a Profile in Ion v3, default User Agent (UA) string values are assigned based on the selected Rendering Mode. Details Many legacy web applications were designed to operate on a specific …

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Adjusting Ion cache clearing behavior

Applies to Ion 3.0 and above. Summary By default, Ion v3 Projects are set to clear the Internet Explorer’s cache at application startup (generally on windows user login). Cache clearing is designed to ensure that Ion will properly display managed …

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Set SSLv3 for Ion-managed applications

Applies to Ion 3.0 and above. Summary Some legacy web applications utilize web servers which may not properly specify secure protocol versions, or may specify versions that are should not be supported by default due to security policies. Ion v3 …

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Script Injection with Ion

Applies to Ion 3.0 and above Summary Browsium Ion 3 removed the “Script Injection” feature.  Script Injection wrapped arbitrary JavaScript in <script> tags and inserted them into an html page.  To inject JavaScript with Browsium Ion 3 and later, use …

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Alternative to UseLegacyFTP

Applies To Ion 3.0 and above. Summary Ion 3.0 deprecated the Profile property “Use Legacy FTP” setting, which emulated IE 6’s behavior of opening FTP URLs in Windows Explorer. The guidance below is designed to help customers that still require …

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How can I uninstall previous versions of Ion?

Applies to Ion 2.x or Ion 3.0 Summary You may need to uninstall Ion from a system before installing a new version, because the Administration Tools no longer needed on a given system or because you no longer need to …

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Set Window Session Mode is unavailable in Ion 3

Applies to Ion 3.0 and above. Summary Ion v2 provided the ability to directly manage Internet Explorer session behavior for a given Profile, making it possible to enable Internet Explorer 7’s (and earlier) session management behavior on latest version of …

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How do I determine the version of Ion installed on my system?

Applies To All Ion versions. Summary Use the following steps to determine what version of Ion components you have installed on your system. Resolution There are two Ion components that you should check separately: the Browsium Ion Client and the …

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Ion root certificate permissions on localized systems

Applies to Ion 2.x Summary This knowledge base article has been created to address an issue when the Browsium Ion Root Certificate is created but fails to work correctly. This issue has been reported on systems where the ‘Everyone’ group …

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How can I see which ActiveX controls a site is attemtping to load?

Applies to Ion 2.x or 3.0 Summary If you are using Ion to access a web application that uses ActiveX controls, you will want to know if the correct ActiveX controls are being loaded or not. This article will step …

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Using Fiddler to track web site traffic for Ion

Applies to Ion 2.x or 3.0 Summary It is important to understand the traffic sent to and from a web application in order to create complete sets of rules to render it with Ion. To make it easier to diagnosis …

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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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Using Ion to invoke a legacy version of Flash

Applies to Ion 2.x or later Summary This article assumes that users have access to the Ion Configuration Manager, access to a copy of the Flash 9 ActiveX control (flash9f.ocx), and are familiar with creating and configuring rules and profiles …

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Resetting local Group Policy keys (for evaluating Ion)

Applies to Ion 2.x or 3.0 Summary During the evaluation of Ion, clients may have local Group Policies set to the machine to verify Group Policy support with Ion. Those settings may continue to stick even after the Policies being …

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Using regular expressions in Ion rules

Applies to Ion 2.x or Ion 3.0 Summary The Ion Configuration Manager tries to make it simple to create rules to match your web applications. In general, the basic rule condition (e.g. “Begins With” or “Includes”) selections will suffice for …

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Can I run Ion in a virtual desktop/terminal services/Citrix environment?

Yes, Ion was designed to work perfectly in virtual desktop/terminal services/Citrix environments where resource constraints play an important factor in determining user load levels. The Ion  rendering process consumes a minimal amount of memory when active (exact memory usage varies, but …

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Ion Configuration Manager will crash if the Ion Client add-on is not installed

Applies to Ion 2.x and 3.x Summary The Ion Configuration Manager requires the Browsium Ion Client also be installed in order to function. Attempting to run the Configuration Manager without the client already installed may result in a crash in …

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Ion may stop unexpectedly when a user logs in to their computer

Summary Browsium Ion Update 3 (version 2.0.3) stops unexpectedly when a user logs in to their computer. Issue When an administrative or standard user logs in to a computer that has Ion 2.0.3 installed, but is not the user who …

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Standard Users may see an Ion license error when logging in or starting the controller manually

Applies To Ion 2.x (This issue has been fixed in Ion 3.0.) Summary With Ion Update 3, when a standard user logs in and Ion loads, or when a standard user starts the Browsium Ion controller manually, they may see …

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Information requested when submitting a bug report

Applies to Ion 2.x or 3.x Summary The following information is requested when submitting bug reports to Browsium for Ion and UniBrows issues. Please follow these steps to make sure that the Browsium team has all relevant information with which …

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Overriding an ActiveX killbit using Ion’s Custom Registry Manager

Applies to Ion 2.x or Ion 3.0 Summary As the Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer security landscape changes, Microsoft occasionally “kills” an old ActiveX control when that control is found to have serious security issues. These events typically occur when …

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Setting a custom registry value with Ion

Applies to Ion 2.x or Ion 3.0 Summary Ion gives you the ability to specify custom registry settings for a given profile. These settings apply only to that specific profile, and do not affect the default browser, other Ion profiles …

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Running custom JavaScript with Ion

Applies to Ion 2.x or Ion 3.0 Summary This article is designed to introduce Ion administrators to the concept of using Ion profiles to customize, override or insert JavaScript in web pages using the custom scripts feature in Ion profiles. …

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Java warning message in Ion Configuration Manager when Java is not installed

Applies To Ion 2.x Summary On clean Windows machines with no Java installed, Ion administrators may see a Java warning dialog when running the Ion Configuration Launcher. Details On some clean Windows machines (including XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Servers), …

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Managing the Microsoft Java VM (MSJVM) with Ion

Applies to Ion 2.x Overview Although the Microsoft Java VM (known as the MSJVM) has not been available since 1998, some organizations still use the MSJVM to run some of their internal applications. The MSJVM is another Java VM, just …

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Knowing when to enable/disable DEP/NX with Ion

Applies to Ion 2.x Summary This article details how and when to disable or enable support for DEP/NX within Ion profiles.   What is DEP/NX? At a high level, DEP and NX are hardware-level security improvements created out of the security crisis of the …

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Using the Content Override Manager feature in Ion

Summary Ion introduces a new feature called “Content Override” which allows IT pros to replace an entire page that would normally be loaded by a website with a new version of the page in the different location. Through this feature …

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Understanding Browsium Ion’s Limited Profile

Applies To Ion 2.x Summary Ion profiles are the core of how Ion allows you to run legacy web applications inside newer browsers like IE8 and IE9. This article details how and when it is appropriate to use the “Limited” …

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Understanding the Hang Prevention Timeout feature in Ion

Applies To Ion 2.x Summary This article details the function of and use for the Hang Prevention Timeout feature in Ion.   Feature introduction The Hang Prevention Timeout feature is useful in situations where users are navigating to sites using …

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Rule Tester tool showing unhandled exception error message

Applies to Ion 2.x Summary Ion Configuration Manager displays an unhandled exception error message when using Rule Tester tool without identifying a Project. Details Users may see the following error dialog box displayed when using the Ion Configuration Rule Tester …

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Using the Feature Control Manager in Ion

Applies To Ion 2.x Summary Starting with IE6 for Windows XP SP2 and continuing through IE7, IE8 and IE9, Microsoft included ways to toggle new security features and behaviors on and off in their newer browsers. These toggles, called FEATURE …

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Browsium Ion 3.2 Release Notes

The Browsium Ion 3.2 Release Notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Ion-3.2.0-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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Browsium Ion 3.1 Release Notes

The Browsium Ion 3.1 release notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Ion-3.1.0-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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Browsium Ion 3.0.1 Release Notes

The Browsium Ion 3.0.1 release notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version. Browsium-Ion-3.0.1-ReleaseNotes.pdf

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