F5 Access for Chrome OS Now Available
F5 recently released the F5 Access for Chrome OS version 1.0.0 application on the Chrome Web Store.
This release of the F5 Access for Chrome OS app empowers customers to enable access from users’ Chromebooks to enterprise applications via F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager’s (APM) VPN capabilities.
The F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 app is available publicly on Google’s Chrome Web Store as of Monday, December 21, 2015, and can be found at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/f5-access/hhogfmlhffdddckpokfodepfiimfffjf?hl=en.
Please note, though, that this release is for the F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 app, and is not the Chrome plug-in for the Google Chrome browser.
F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 supports BIG-IP version 12.0.0, and is supported on Google Chrome OS version 46.0 and later.
The BIG-IP versions that currently support F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 can be found in the BIG-IP Edge Client Compatibility Matrix.
The release notes for F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 may be found at https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/bigip-edge-apps.html.
Please be aware that Chrome OS – and, as such, F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 – does not support per-app VPN, device ID availability, or VPN auto-reconnect (applicable when a user travels between wireless access points). Also, VPN performance is limited on low-end Chromebooks; this is a documented Chrome OS issue (Chrome OS issue: Issue 514341: chrome.vpnProvider severe performance). F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 will not support authorized third-party apps starting F5 Access, and the launching of third-party apps after connection. Also, F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 will not be localized.
Please note that the F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 application will be configurable via Google Apps for Work. Documentation on this configuration will be available from F5 shortly.
Should there be any additions or modifications to the F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0 application, F5 will communicate those as soon as possible.
Please contact F5 Support with any questions or comment regarding F5 Access for Chrome OS v1.0.0.