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Is it possible to publish an InfoPath form when I cannot see the SharePoint Server?

Posted By:      Posted Date: May 22, 2011    Points: 0   Category :C#

I feel like I'm in a Catch-22, but also that I may be missing something obvious.

I want to publish an InfoPath form for a SharePoint Server to be used as a web based form. The form is going to be in a Form Web Part, with a button to submit it (no InfoPath chrome).

The catch is that I cannot directly connect to the sharepoint server from my dev machine.

So here's where I am:

- To have a button to submit the form, I have to use a submit action; can't save.

- To have a submit action, it has to have a data connection.

- To have a data connection, I have to connect to the SharePoint Server. There's no way that I've found to manually configure this - InfoPath always wants to talk to the server, and refuses to proceed if it can't.

- Publishing the form  - any SharePoint publishing wants to talk to a SharePoint server, even an Admin Deployed form (which is silly). I haven't tried publishing as a network form then doing an admin deployment anyway, since I can't get past the data connection issue; but if I do - will this work?

Note to the dev team: cut the umbilical on SharePoint. It's *nice* to be able to talk to a SharePoint site while creating connections and publishing, but it's not always possible in the real world. I should be able to create an InfoPath form, data connections, and publish it on a box that'

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