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In this blog post I'm going to share how to deploy the brand new Alfresco Content Services Community Edition 201806 GA Release. The new deployment mechanism, announced as major change in the ACS 6.x version, discontinued the traditional wizard and introduced a new Dockerized deployment for the benefit of the Developers and DevOps. The manual  installation using the ZIP file containing the artifacts is still available and can be downloaded here.

 

Disclaimer: The intent of this blog post is to share a simple tutorial for the newbies on Alfresco Content Services, where to learn how to rapidly start to launch and using it. A lot of official and unofficial documentation is available (for free) in this community portal (and outside of it). Please refer to the 'Other resources' paragraph, for further details.

 

Deploying ACS using Docker compose

 

All the task con be easily completed thanks to the acs-community-deployment project, publicly available on Alfresco's GitHub account.

Please be sure you are pointing on the TAG 1.0.0 of the GitHub project, using the Alfresco Content Services Community Edition 201806 GA version. 

To deploy Alfresco Content Services Community Edition 201806 GA using Docker compose, the only prerequisites are about having Docker and Docker Compose available, with enough resources into you environment. Once done, you can follow complete the task following the list below.

 

  1. Clone the acs-community-deployment project (related to TAG 1.0.0) or download the source code from this link. As alternative, you can download the single file docker-compose.yml (but check you are using the one tagged with 1.0.0).
  2. Navigate to the folder where the docker-compose.yml file is located.
  3. Run docker-compose up.
  4. Open the following URLs in your browser to check that everything starts up:

 

You can now start using Alfresco Content Services opening a browser to the URL http://<machine_ip>:8080/share.

 

Note:

  • Make sure ports 5432, 8080, 8082, and 8083 are open. These are defined in the docker-compose.yml file.
  • If Docker is running on your local machine, the IP address will be just localhost.
  • If you're using the Docker Toolbox, run the following command to find the IP address:
docker-machine ip
  • If you run docker-compose up after deleting a previous Docker Compose cluster, then replace step 3 with the following command:
docker-compose down && docker-compose build --no-cache && docker-compose up

 

Other resources

 

 

Support and questions and answers


Something is not working properly?
Do you need support or have questions?

 

If this is the case raise a question here or join the community on Discord (channel: alfresco) or IRC.

 

See you there!

*Update: All Addons can be found here - Alfresco Addons 

 

Unfortunately we’ve had to temporarily remove access to addons.alfresco.com - we understand that you may be disappointed, we’re working on bringing it back in a read-only mode whilst we work out what the next steps for the Alfresco AddOns Community.

 

We’d love to hear more from you on your thoughts on how we can move AddOns forward as we begin planning the next evolution of the Alfresco Community we kindly invite you to contact us with a message. We will do our best to face and solve the issue as soon as possible. We sincerely hope that this won't cause problems to anyone. If it will happen, we apologise in advance.

 

Update of 7th of June - You can find the draft of the static list at Alfresco Addons *Incomplete list* 

 

About Alfresco AddOns

 

If you have ever customised or extended Alfresco Content Services (and/or Alfresco Share), you might have found a website called addons.alfresco.com. Alfresco Add-on website is a large collection of customisations and extensions for the Alfresco platform, contributed by the company's global developer community. The Alfresco Add-on website was designed to be a one-stop shop for Alfresco users looking to extend the functionality of Alfresco with pre-built modules.

 

The Alfresco Add-on website has been active since 2012 and since the beginning it grew rapidly, hosting several hundreds of different projects: Open Source and Proprietary, developed by Alfresco official partners or Community enthusiasts, supported or "given as is" in terms of production readiness. From this point of view, the initiative has been a success and a positive achievement of the entire Alfresco ecosystem (Alfresco as a Company, partners, customers, users, enthusiasts, etc.).

 

Most of the Alfresco enthusiasts agree that a sort of "Alfresco Marketplace" would be something useful for everyone, even if some concerns were around since a long time about the (proven) level of maturity of the (oldest) releases of the projects with the newest versions of Alfresco Content Services (and Alfresco Share). In addition to that, an improved experience in searching and installing the add-ons were something suggested, but never discussed and defined with enough details.

 

Today the GDPR is forcing us to the decision to put the Alfresco Add-on website in stand-by mode, until its future version will be defined and re-launched again. Looking forward to start the discussion around the next version of the Alfresco Marketplace, Add-on mechanism or whatever it will be.

Since yesterday, 5th of December 2016, you can find the new Alfresco Mobile for iOS 2.4 release available into the Apple App Store. The release comes with new improvements, mainly about new Sync content action, customised profiles, enhanced privacy and configuration with MDM providers.

 

 

Beyond the enhancements, the iOS and Android clients remain the unique products in the ECM market, provided as Open Source, allowing the users to work with content and Alfresco’s built in workflows.

 

 

Thanks to the Open Source model, the Partners and Customers are allowed to customise the App and even build their own one, using the SDK that you can find available here.

 

This version of Alfresco Mobile for iOS is certified for MobileIron AppConfig deployment.

A huge welcome to Desktop Sync 1.0.0 GA for Windows, available for Alfresco One. With Alfresco Desktop Sync, Windows users will be able to connect to Alfresco One on premise to select folders and sites to view and work with on their desktop, even when working offline. Files can be viewed and edited using standard desktop applications such as Microsoft Office and changes will be uploaded to the server. Every 5 minutes server changes are synced to the desktop, the latest content is always available.

 

Alfresco Desktop Sync is only available to paid subscribers.

 

 

For further informations you can refer to the documentation site.

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