SAP Virtual Class on the road – The iPad way
Disclaimer: This information provided in this post may be irrelevant in the future due to any changes made by the developers of the iPad apps mentioned in this post and… I think SAP Education will say this method is not supported, but hey… it’s just for fun 😀
Today I had my first SAP Virtual Training. I’m using my Office PC and the experience was very good. Some co-workers that previously have taken virtual training mentioned that the instructor usually burns the first hour by helping the attendees on their issues with connectivity to the virtual classroom and to the citrix client. So I brought with me my iPad 2 for some entertainment while their issues were resolved. Then, after 15 minutes of playing Angry Birds, I had the question… What if I try to take the class using the iPad?
After some researching and app testing I found that it was possible. Here it is my setup:
Before doing the following steps, you need to install first Adobe Connect Mobile for iOS and Citrix Receiver for iPad apps (both are free).
Adobe Connect Mobile for iOS ver. 1.5.9 (free)
This app is the equivalent of the Adobe Connect Meeting you would use in your PC. The iOS version has the same functionality. To connect to the meeting you will have to use the Meeting Room URL provided to you on the email sent by SAP Education.
Before you get into WTS@SAP site, you will need to install the Certificates SAP asks you to install in order to work with Citrix sessions. You can use either Safari to follow the link they provide to you and install the certificates in your iPad. This is the first thing you will need to do. The location of the certificates is also provided on the same email sent by SAP Education.
Now, to enter into WTS@SAP, launch Safari and go to http://mywts.sap.com -> Americas -> Training. You will need a user and password provided by your instructor to login into WTS@SAP. Once you are inside, locate “Common Training” and tap and hold your finger over it, then choose “Copy” (to copy the target link). Do not just tap it otherwise a window with a launch.ica will show up and will ask you if you want to “Open in Citrix” (since you already have installed Citrix Receiver app), but it won’t work because the app requires you to set the connections first.
Citrix Receiver for iPad ver. 4.2.3 (free)
With the URL copied in memory, launch Citrix Receiver app. Add a new “Store” by providing the copied value into the Address field. Then change to “Manual Setup” so you can choose the option “Web Interface”, then save. It will connect to the “Cloud” like the instructions call it. You will see a “Welcome” screen with the Logon Type set to Anonymous preselected (no more choices there) and the User, Password and Domain fields will be locked up. Just click “Log On”.
Again you will see the WTS@SAP site, locate again “Common Training” and tap it. You citrix session will start now.
From there, follow the instructions your instructor will give you to login into the terminal services to reach the PC you will use for your class exercises.
Bluefire Reader ver. 1.5 (free)
It seems that SAP Education is now delivering the class handbook using Adobe Digital Editions, which adds DRM rights to the PDF file. You will see that you cannot open or read these PDFs files using any common Adobe PDF reader. In your PC you will use Adobe Digital Editions software application, but in your iPad the only PDF reader I found that supports this functionality is Bluefire Reader.
After doing all this… I couldn’t stop thinking about the role of the Desktop, and in the way mobile devices shape our future, and if that Starbucks Wi-Fi spot will be too slow if I … anyways.
Thanks for reading.