Using Group Policy to Meter Reflection

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  • 13-Nov-2008
  • 26-Oct-2020

Environment

Reflection Desktop (including Pro, for X, for IBM, or for UNIX and OpenVMS) 16.0 and higher
Reflection 2014
Reflection Pro 2014
Reflection for IBM 2014
Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS 2014
Reflection X 2014
Host Access Management and Security Server version 12.2 or higher

Situation

You can meter Reflection sessions to IBM, UNIX, OpenVMS and HP host types using Reflection for the Web or Management and Security Server. This technical note describes how to obtain and configure the Reflection group policy that supports client metering.

Resolution

Step 1 – Download ReflectionPolicy.adm

Download and unzip the Reflection policy template:

  1. Download ReflectionPolicy.zip.
  2. Unzip the file to \%systemroot%\inf folder, such as C:\Windows\inf\.

You will see ReflectionPolicy.adm.

Step 2 – Install the Group Policy

To use this policy, the Reflection policy template must first be added to your Windows Group Policy editor by adding the ReflectionPolicy.adm file to the editor.

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor: Run Gpedit.msc from the command line.

Or, open the properties for an Organizational Unit in the Active Directory Users and Computers console, click the Group Policy tab, and edit or create a new policy object.

  1. Under Computer Configuration, right-click Administrative Templates, and select Add/Remove Templates.
  2. Click Add and browse to the \%systemroot%\inf folder, where you downloaded ReflectionPolicy.adm.
  3. Select ReflectionPolicy.adm and click Open. When ReflectionPolicy.adm is in the list, close the Add/Remove Templates dialog.

Keep this editor open.

Step 3 – Configure Client Metering Policy

Continue using the Windows Group Policy editor to configure the client metering policy.

  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) > Reflection Settings > Client Metering.
  2. Double-click Configure Client Metering.
  3. Select the Enabled radio button.
  4. Enter the URL for your Metering web server.

Syntax:

http://[host name]:[port number]/[metering server context name]/meter.do

For example:

http://Myserver.com:80/rwebmeter/meter.do

Note: If you used the default port, you can omit the colon and port number.

  1. Decide whether to check the Require connection to metering server option. When checked, this setting prevents users from launching Reflection when the metering server is not available.

Enabling this setting can be useful when you are creating a trial installation and want to test whether the metering server is running and available.

A Help message accompanies this setting:

Client metering, Require connection to metering server, and Metering web server:

If this policy is enabled, Reflection attempts to contact the metering server at the specified URL. If Reflection cannot contact the metering server and "Require connection to metering server" is checked, Reflection exits after issuing an error message.

Note: Metering options configured with Group Policy settings take precedence over installed settings.

Additional Information

Legacy KB ID

This document was originally published as Attachmate Technical Note 2392.

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