Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Alfresco setup

Alfresco is AMAZING - it does not follow the Unix way, or even the Java way, but rather the bloatware way. This is a very bad smell (as is their constant pimping of the paid version).

Alfresco comes with ITS OWN COPY of Java, MySQL and Tomcat.
As I have copies of all these systems on my own box I have chosen to insulate my system and to play fair with Alfreco, and install on a fresh Ubuntu VirtualBox VM, with nothing other than OpenSSH installed.

VM Setup: I also enabled the VirtualBox Guest Additions, on my MacBookPro host, and found that the default bidirectional Copy/Paste functionality did not work.
Stop the VM and change Settings>>Advanced Shared Clipboards to Host To Guest

This vm (called alfresco) is on a virtual network, setup with help from Mr Sysadmin:

Add a Host only network in virtualbox >> preferences >> network

Add an adapter2 to vm >> settings >> network
attached to Host-only adapter

Add to /etc/hosts on host machine alfresco

On vm add to /etc/network/interfaces
auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static
/etc/init.d/networking restart

Install alfresco (NOTE The x32 versions also works)
wget http://dl.alfresco.com/release/community/build-3370/alfresco-community-3.4.d-installer-linux-x64.bin
sudo su
chmod u+x alfresco-community-3.4.d-installer-linux-x64.bin

Take defaults, specify a password for mysql root and Alfresco admin.
/etc/init.d/alfresco start

Now the url http://alfresco:8080/alfresco/ should work.

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