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VSPackage Load Keys

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To prevent unauthenticated VSPackages from running in Visual Studio, each VSPackage to be loaded in a deployed application must have a valid package load key (PLK).

The Visual Studio SDK provides a developer load key (DLK) that makes it possible for VSPackages to load without a PLK during development.

In This Section

PLKs and the DLK

Introduces PLKs and discusses security issues.

How to: Obtain a PLK

Explains how to obtain a PLK for VSPackages that you want to deploy.

How to: Install a PLK (C#)

Explains how to install a PLK in a VSPackage that you want to deploy.

How to: Troubleshoot a PLK Load Failure

Contains guidance about how to resolve PLK load failures.

Related Sections

Reference.Package Sample (C#)

Shows how to use managed code to attach a PLK to a VSPackage.

Reference.Package Sample (C++)

Shows how to use unmanaged code to attach a PLK to a VSPackage.

Releasing a Visual Studio Integration Product

Discusses how to prepare a VSPackage for final deployment.

VSPackages

VSPackages extend the IDE by providing UI elements, services, projects, editors, and designers.

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