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7. When the core platform finishes installing, the installer gives you the option to
launch the client and, in doing so, provision the client, as shown in
Figure 3-28. If you click Cancel, the installation finishes now. The client will
provision whenever you first run it. Most likely, you want to provision now, so
click Next and proceed to 3.2.4, “Provisioning the Managed Client” on
page 100.
Figure 3-28 Core platform installer prompt to provision now or later
3.2.4 Provisioning the Managed Client
Each end user must provision the client when the user runs it for the first time.
Perform the following steps:
1. After the Managed Client welcome window closes, provide your user name,
password, and provisioning URL, as shown in Figure 3-29 on page 101. The
client queries the provisioning URL for a list of applications and their required
components. After entering the correct details, click Next.
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Figure 3-29 Provisioning URL prompt
Tip: Depending on whether you started the installer from the download link
or manually, the URL field might already be populated. If not, your
Workplace administrator should have furnished you with the correct URL. If
not, the URL is probably the same as the one you use to access
Workplace through a browser, for example:
Tip: Observe how the provisioning URL is (usually) the same as that used
by the browser. This is further evidence for the notion that the browser and
Managed Client simply provide two different views of the same thing.
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2. Now the client provisions. The progress meter shown in Figure 3-30 monitors
the progress. In this time, the client downloads all of the Eclipse plug-ins and
features required to run the Managed Client applications. Depending on the
speed of your network connection and your computer’s own speed, this
process can take several minutes.
Figure 3-30 Provisioning progress meter
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3. When provisioned, the client prompts for a login server and a login port, as
shown in Figure 3-31. Do we just give the client a provisioning URL? The
answer is that the provisioning server can be different from the login server.
Again, the field might be prepopulated depending on how you started the
installation. If it is blank, enter the fully qualified host name of your Workplace
Collaboration Services server, unless your administrator has indicated
otherwise. Click Next.
Figure 3-31 Login server prompt
4. The last dialog box simply tells you to click Finish. Do so to launch the client.
Tip: Do not enter http:// or any trailing directories (for example,
/lwp/myworkplace) in the host name field. http:// and trailing directories are
only meaningful in a URL.
All the client requires here is a host name.
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5. If the installation and provisioning process completed successfully, the login
prompt shown in Figure 3-32 opens. Enter your password and click Login to
launch the client.
Figure 3-32 Managed Client login prompt
6. Depending on whether your company has a self-signed SSL certificate or not,
you might be prompted to accept the SSL certificate, as shown in Figure 3-33
on page 105. If you know your company’s signature, it can be verified here. Of
course, it is very unlikely that you know the signature; however, at this point, it
is usually safe to accept the certificate. To prevent further prompting, select
Trust this certificate and click OK.
Tip: If at some point in the future the client mysteriously prompts you to
accept the server’s certificate, it is possible that you are experiencing a
man in the middle attack. In that case, it is appropriate to be
When running the client for the first time, however, the prompt is to be
expected if your company uses a self-signed certificate.

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