InfoPath

Microsoft InfoPath is a software application for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms containing structured data. The product features a WYSIWYG form designer in which the various controls (e.g. textbox, radio button, checkbox) are bound to data, represented separately as a hierarchical tree view of folders and data fields. All the data stored in InfoPath forms are stored in an XML format. Secondary data sources can be built into the form or they can be accessed through an external data connection to SharePoint or a Web service.

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Before you can digitally sign infopath forms, you must have a digital certificate. Microsoft Certificate Services will need to be enabled on a Windows Server 2008 to facilitate the creation and verification of the digital certifciates on the web server. The server uses the public key stored within the certificate to read the form information.

To configure the Microsoft Certificate services, follow these instructions:

Step 1 Click "Start" point to "Administrative Tools," click "Server Manager" select "Roles" from the left pane, then select "Add Roles" from the right pane.

Step 2 Select "Active Directory Certificate Services" then click "Next." Click "Next" again.

Step 3 Check "Certificate Authority" and click "Next." Choose "Enterprise" to enable the CA to use Directory Services; otherwise, select "Standalone." Click "Next."

Step 4 Click "Root CA" then click "Next." Click "Create a New Private Key" then click "Next."

Step 5 Select the preferred cryptographic service provider, hash algorithm and key character length from the options, or use the default values. Click "Next."

Step 6 Create a common name for the CA, then click "Next." Set the preferred validity period for the CA certificate or use the default value. Click "Next."

Step 7 Click "Browse" and select which folders to store the certificate database and certificate database logs to, or use the default locations. Click "Next."

Step 8 Review your selections on the summary screen. Click "Install
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InfoPath

Microsoft InfoPath is a software application for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms containing structured data. The product features a WYSIWYG form designer in which the various controls (e.g. textbox, radio button, checkbox) are bound to data, represented separately as a hierarchical tree view of folders and data fields. All the data stored in InfoPath forms are stored in an XML format. Secondary data sources can be built into the form or they can be accessed through an external data connection to SharePoint or a Web service.

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