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Source Control in Domino Designer 8.5.3- 10 October 2012 - (0) Comments

Thomas Hampel
 10 October 2012

Trying to set up a new machine with Domino Designer 8.5.3 and Source Control (SVN) based on this Blog post from Niklas Heidloff unfortunately was not working as expected.
It seems like the
Eclipse Update site for GEF which was refernced in his blog post was not available any longer.

> CWPPR0031: The requested provisioning operation(s) completed with partial success.

> Error parsing site stream. [The XML stream is not a valid default "site.xml" file. The root tag is not site.]

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A quick search brought me to the an update site hosting the
older versions recommended, adding it to the Application Locations fixed this small problem.
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Although this is one way to make it work, the most simple way is to make use of a ready-built Update Site from OpenNTF, see this project
Basically you need to download & unzip this file to your loal disk, and point the application installer to this update site.

Happy coding!

Signing and deploying Eclipse Plugins into Notes Clients- 26 June 2012 - (2) Comments

Thomas Hampel
 26 June 2012

Installing Eclipse plugins in a Notes client is a simple task. I'm sure users would be even more happy if admins would sign them properly before rolling them out.
Otherwise, meaning when they are not signed, or if signed with an invalid signature, users will see messages like this:
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For a quick and dirty solution it would be possible set some preferences in the plugin_customization.ini or in the Notes client so that it will not show these warnings at all.
Unfortunately this will lower the security of the entire environment and therefore is not recommended.

The better method is to sign the plugin properly with a self signed certificate and then create a trust relationship with a Domino root certificate.
So these are the actions that need to be performed:
1.) Extract the Eclipse update site you want to sign to a temporary location on your hard disk
2.) Detach this command file to the same folder location where the file "site.xml" is located
3.) Edit the file and customize the settings according to your needs - see remarks within the file.
4.) Run the .cmd file
5.) Save a copy of the .keystore, .cer and sign_.cer files, they can be used to sign new release plugin if required.
6.) Import the new certificate (.cer) into the Domino server
7.) Create a cross-certificate from the internet certificate
8.) Publish the certificate to clients through security policy settings
9.) Create a new NSF based Eclipse update site and import the local update site from the temporary location (see step 1)
10.) Create a widget catalog
11.) Create a new widget using the Toolbar icon "Getting started with Widgets"  Image:Signing and deploying Eclipse Plugins into Notes Clients and choose "Features and Plugins"
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12.) Add the widget created to the widget catalog created in step 10 and don't forget to define a meaningful title and category. (e.g. Autoinstall) if you want the widget to be applied automatically. See next step for details.
13.) In the Domino Directory update the Desktop policy settings to include the newly created Widget catalog
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All together it will allow automatically distributing plugins in the Notes client without error messages and without overall lowering security.
Well, one prompt remains....
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