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Enabling digest password on Tomcat

By default the OnTime for Microsoft bootstrap, administator, password is saved in clear text. If you wish you may enable digest passwords so passwords are not stored in clear text. To enable this feature follow the below steps on your OnTime for Microsoft server:

This requires OnTime for Microsoft version 2.5.0 or newer. 

  1. Open a Command Prompt
  2. Navigate to the tomcat binary directory of the OnTime for Microsoft installation e.g. "C:\Program Files\IntraVision\OnTimeMS-2.6.0\apache-tomcat-8.5.8-otd\bin"
  3. Set the JRE_HOME variable by running the following commands using the Java Server runtime directory name:
    SET JRE_HOME=C:\Program Files\IntraVision\OnTimeMS-2.6.0\jdk1.8.0_121-otd\jre
  4. Execute the digest.bat file specifying the administrator password of your choosing on the command line like so:

    digest.bat -a sha-256 "<password>"
    digest.bat -a sha-256 "MyFunkyPassword"

    The command returns the plaintext password and the digest password separated by a colon as shown below. Note the value returned and copy the returned value after the colon.

  5. Navigate to the conf-directory
  6. cd ..\conf
  7. Edit the tomcat-users.xml file - notepad tomcat-users.xml
  8. Replace the value of the password attribute for the admin-user with the digest password you copied above. Save and close the file.
  9. Edit the server.xml file - notepad server.xml
  10. Locate the Realm-tag referencing "UserDatabase" and change it from

    <Realm className="org.apache.catalina.realm.UserDatabaseRealm"
    <Realm className="org.apache.catalina.realm.UserDatabaseRealm" resourceName="UserDatabase">
    <CredentialHandler className="org.apache.catalina.realm.MessageDigestCredentialHandler" algorithm="sha-256"/>

  11. Save and close the file.
  12. Restart the Apache Tomcat service.

You should now be able to login using the chosen password without the password being stored as plaintext.

Unable to connect to Load Balancer/Exchange Server using self-signed certificate


Stacktrace in ontigms.0.0.log containing something like
"PKIX path building failed: sun.security.provider.certpath.SunCertPathBuilderException: unable to find valid certification path to requested target"


Import Root and intermediate certificates into the Java keystore used for on OnTime for Microsoft solution. The below example is based on OnTime for Microsoft v. but the solution is the same for other releases although the paths below will have to be modified slightly depending on the version deployed.

  1. Backup C:\Program Files\IntraVision\OnTimeMS-\otd-jdk1.8.0_25\jre\lib\security\cacerts
  2. Export the root and any intermediate certificates by using copy to file for each using PEM/CER (Base64  encoded) format. This may be done using a web browser. Here we are using *.cer.
  3. Copy the *.cer files to C:\Program Files\IntraVision\OnTimeMS-\otd-jdk1.8.0_25\jre\lib\security\
  4. Using password "changeit" (unless manually changed) install the root certificate 
    ..\..\..\bin\keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias root -file root.cer -keystore cacerts
    Using password "changeit" (unless manually changed) install the intermediate certificates
    ..\..\..\bin\keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias intermediateXX -file intermediateXX.cer -keystore cacerts

Restart OnTime for Microsoft.

Domain (SSO) login fails with 400 Bad Request RequestUri/Field To Long


When accessing OnTime for Microsoft with domain(SSO) login enabled the server reports "HttpStatus Code 400 Bad Request – RequestUrl/Field to Long" during the domain logon redirect

On the OnTime Server the C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\HTTPERR\httperr1.log shows
2015-12-10 12:51:43 62489 80 HTTP/1.1 GET /ontime/auth.html?redirect=http://ch-s-0008355:8080/ontimegcms/ 400 - RequestLength -


Using regedit add the following values

Key, DWORD(Decimal value)
MaxFieldLength 65534
MaxRequestBytes 65534
MaxTokenSize 65535
Stop the OnTimeMSAuth NT Service

Restart the HTTP service

From an elevated command prompt

>net stop http

>net start http

Start the OnTimeMSAuth NT Service.

How to determine the USERDOMAIN for a license key


The license for OnTime requires the USERDOMAIN name of the Windows server on which the OnTime server runs. This is true for both trial and production environments.

You can find the USERDOMAIN by executing a 'Set' command from a Command prompt. The machine you run the set command on, must be part of the same domain as your future OnTime server. Please make sure that you do not select the USERDNSDOMAIN)". Please see the example below.