Using Developer collaboration behind firewall
By Roman Strobl on XI 01, 2007
One of the neat but less known features of NetBeans is Developer collaboration. It lets you chat with your colleagues, share files and even build projects on remote machines right in the IDE. Sun provides a free service at share.java.net you can use as a server. However in some companies this may not be an option, since they don't allow their employees to connect to a remote server through their firewall or their policies disallow using such remote service for security reasons.
So we often get asked: "How do I install a collaboration server inside of my company?" Until recently I didn't have a good answer to that question. But recently I found out that you can set up your own OpenFire XMPP server and Developer collaboration can work with it. The instructions to set up the server are on this wiki page. Happy collaborating! :)