Automatic Launching of Web Browser in Captive Portal Environment

You can now configure GlobalProtect to automatically launch your default web browser for captive portal login upon captive portal detection.
Software Support
: PAN-OS® 8.1 and later releases
OS Support
: Windows 7 and later releases and macOS 10.11 and later releases
This feature requires Content Release version _________ and later.
You can now configure GlobalProtect to launch your default web browser automatically upon captive portal detection so that users can log in to the captive portal seamlessly. With this enhancement, you can specify the URL of the website that you want to use for the initial connection attempt that initiates web traffic when the default web browser launches. The captive portal then intercepts this website connection attempt and redirects the default web browser to the captive portal login page. If a user logs in to the captive portal successfully and the internet becomes reachable within the configured
Captive Portal Exception Timeout period
(
Network
GlobalProtect
Portals
<portal-config>
Agent
<agent-config>
App
), GlobalProtect establishes a connection and permits traffic on the network.
Redirects to the captive portal login page are dependent on the captive portal solution.
Depending on the endpoint operating system (OS), some endpoints continue to retry the OS-based captive portal check during the configured
Captive Portal Exception Timeout
period. If both the GlobalProtect and OS-based captive portal checks are successful, the endpoint displays both the browser-based captive portal login page and OS-based captive portal assistant. Palo Alto Networks does not have control over the OS behavior.
Use the following steps to configure GlobalProtect to launch your default web browser automatically upon captive portal detection:
    • In the
      Automatically Launch Webpage in Default Browser Upon Captive Portal Detection
      field, enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the website that you want to use for the initial connection attempt that initiates web traffic when the default web browser launches (maximum length is 256 characters). If this field is empty (default), GlobalProtect does not launch the default web browser automatically upon captive portal detection.
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