Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Process Designer and Internet Explorer 8 - Enabling native XMLHTTP support in Windows XP

Caveat : This article references using the Windows XP Registry Editor ( RegEdit ) - this is fraught with risk; if in doubt, do NOT follow this tip. Typically, the better way of resolving this issue is to work with your organisation's Windows administrators, perhaps via a Group Policy Object (GPO) in Active Directory.

From the BPM 7.5 Information Centre: -

Process Center Console and Process Admin Console might require additional security configuration. If you are using Internet Explorer V8 or V9, the browser might respond with security related errors. If your browser returns security related errors, perform the following actions:
• For Internet Explorer V8, make sure that the Enable native XMLHTTP support option is selected. Navigate to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Security.
• For Internet Explorer V9, add the Process Center Console and Process Admin Console URLs to the set of trusted sites. Navigate to Tools > Compatability view settings.
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The trouble is that, if you're running a locked-down non-admin. installation of Windows, this option is NOT available to you.

My client managed to solve this by adding the following registry entry: -

Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Name: XMLHTTP
Type: DWORD
Value: 1


Caveat: Again, this MAY not work for you. If in doubt, please please please consult your organisation's Windows/AD administration team.

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