Distribute Web Start from external servers

You can use Web Start even if you do not want to use the Management Server as a Web Start Server. In this case, you can put the Web Start package on any web server.

The Web Start package can also be put on a shared network drive. When the Web Start package is installed on a network drive, the path must be the same for all administrators that use that version of Web Start.

Note: You must delete the existing files and install a new Web Start package according to these instructions each time you upgrade the SMC. Otherwise, any administrators that use Management Clients that are installed through Web Start are not able to log on.


  1. Browse to Forcepoint_SMC_Installer > Webstart on the installation DVD.
    The Web Start installation creates an index.html file. Any existing index.html file is overwritten. We strongly recommend creating a directory for the Web Start files.
  2. Copy all files and all directories from the Web Start directory on the installation DVD to where you want the Web Start files to be served.
  3. On the command line, change to the directory where the Web Start files are on your server.
  4. Run the Web Start setup script.
    Give the URL or the path of the directory where the Web Start files are on your server as the parameter.
    • Windows: cscript webstart_setup.vbs <web start directory>
    • Linux: ./webstart_setup.sh <web start directory>
    Table 1. Example Web Start paths
    Installation on Example Web Start directory
    Web server http://www.example.com/webstart/
    Network drive file://localhost/C:/support/webstart/
  5. If necessary, change the configuration of the web server to return the appropriate MIME type for .jnlp files (application/x-java-jnlp-file).
    See the manual of your web server for instructions on how to configure the MIME type.
  6. Delete the webstart_setup.vbs and webstart_setup.sh script files from the directory.
    For security reasons, do not have script files in the same directory as the generated Web Start files and other shared client files.