.net – VSTO Excel 2007 addin fails to install from a network share


I have a VSTO addin that I published on a network share. In my company everybody is able to install and update this application from the network share. Outside of the domain I am unable to install this customization. I get following error:

Installation error screenshot


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System.Security.SecurityException: Customized functionality in this application will not work because the certificate used to sign the deployment manifest for flow or its location is not trusted. Contact your administrator for further assistance.
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.ClickOnceAddInTrustEvaluator.VerifyTrustPromptKeyInternal(ClickOnceTrustPromptKeyValue promptKeyValue, DeploymentSignatureInformation signatureInformation, String productName)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.ClickOnceAddInTrustEvaluator.VerifyTrustUsingPromptKey(Uri manifest, DeploymentSignatureInformation signatureInformation, String productName)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.ClickOnceAddInDeploymentManager.VerifySecurity(ActivationContext context, Uri manifest, AddInInstallationStatus installState)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.ClickOnceAddInDeploymentManager.InstallAddIn()
The Zone of the assembly that failed was:

I first thought it was a problem with the certificate. So I explicitly installed the certificate on the client machine. That didn't solve it. When I copy the flow directory to let's say my desktop I can install and run the addin without any problem. So it seems the network folder is not a trusted location. I added the path Z:/Software/Flow/ to the trusted locations in Excel options. This path automatically resolved to the full path //server/data/software/flow/. But that doesn't change anything. Anybody seen this before?

Best Solution

I found the solution. Basically I Defined the network share as a trusted site in the intranet zone.

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