Explore VMware Browser

We will now launch and explore VMware Browser to confirm that the settings we've configured are controlling the application as expected.

1. Confirm Intranet Access in Safari

Let's try to access internal webpage from Safari Browser first to ensure that we can't connect it without any VPN.

1.1. Launch Safari

Tap Safari.

1.2. Attempt to Navigate to the Intranet Site

  1. Navigate to "http://internal.airwlab.com".
  2. Tap Go.

1.3. Confirm Safari Cannot Access the Intranet Site

Confirm that Safari cannot open the intranet site.  

2. Confirm the VMware Browser Configurations

Now, let's access the same link from VMware Browser.

2.1. Launch the VMware Browser app

Tap the VMware Browser app.

2.2. Confirm Automatic Per-App VPN

We configured our Home Page URL for VMware Browser to load our intranet site (http://internal.airwlab.com).  Notice that upon launch, VMware Browser is able to successfully connect to the intranet site due to the Per-App VPN profile and application configuration that was created earlier in the AirWatch Console.

NOTE - In this case, VPN is only authorized for the VMware Browser application based on the configuration in the AirWatch Console. There are no additional steps were required from the device user in order to activate or connect to the VPN.  The VPN is only available to the VMware Browser app instead of functioning as a device wide VPN, which was demonstrated by Safari being unable to connect to the intranet site.

2.3. Confirm Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Tap and hold over the Welcome text for about 2 seconds to select the text.  

Notice that after selecting the text, you do not receive the standard Cut/Copy/Paste or Share options. This is due to the Data Loss Prevention settings that were configured in the AirWatch Console to disable Copy and Paste and Printing functionalities.

2.4. Confirm Kiosk Mode

  1. For reference, the first screenshot is when Kiosk Mode is Disabled.  Notice that Options menu that is available when Kiosk Mode is Disabled.
  2. On our device, notice that the Options menu is missing from the navigation bar.

Normally, Kiosk Mode would prevent users from interacting with the navigation bar at all, restricting them to a single page.  Since we enabled Multiple Tabs Support for VMware Browser, our Kiosk Users are still able to interact with the navigation bar, but they are not able to modify any of the settings provided through the Options menu, ensuring the initial configuration pushed to the device remains the same.

2.5. Confirm Bookmarks

Let's validate the bookmarks we configured for VMware Browser in AirWatch Console.

2.5.1. Open a New Browser Tab

  1. Click the Tabs button in the top-right corner.
  2. Click the Add button to open a new tab.

2.5.2. Open AirWatch Home Bookmark

Notice that our two configured bookmarks, Internal Splash Page and AirWatch Home, are available on the device.

Tap AirWatch Home to load the AirWatch website (http://www.airwatch.com).

2.6. Confirm Denied Sites

Upon loading the AirWatch Home bookmark, notice that we instead receive a page notifying us that the website has been blocked by the administrator.  This occurs because we configured the Denied Site URLs within the VMware Browser configuration to deny access to the *.airwatch.com sites.

3. Review

You've now confirmed all of the configurations we deployed to VMware Browser during our setup in the AirWatch Console.  Feel free to explore any other features of VMware Browser and continue to the next step when you are ready.