NEWBIE: Do any Security Officers object to .NET and/or ClickOnce?

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
Dear Experts,

Has anyone had any experience with security officers objecting to the installation of .NET (2.0), and/or ClickOnce apps, on the desktops of individual users?  Our customers tend to be very security-conscious.  

The assumption would be that our product would be published on their file server (via CD installation, for instance), and their end-users would then click on it to download to their desktops.  Given how new ClickOnce is, I'm not sure if we'd get flack from people who hadn't seen it before...

Question by:BrianMc1958
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, yes and yes!
    Our networking department is always wary of anything they don't understand and they tend ( for good reason, mostly ) to be very security conscious.

    At the same time, we have faced enormous challenges in moving desktops from Win98 onto Windows 2000 and XP because of the extra security models and user rights issues, both in terms of installation and daily application operations ( apps that require users to have admin rights to determine what printers are installed, Other Registry related issues, folder and file rights, etc )

    From my perspective, Click Once makes deploying software much easier to implement, to support and to understand.  And by controlling access to who can see the location on your clients file server, etc, still makes it possible to effectively control access to who can install and use your applications.

    Here's at least a starting point that covers some of the good and bad points.

    Author Comment

    Dear topdog...

    Thanks.  That helps a lot...

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    No problem, always glad to be able to help!

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