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Setting up Alfresco authentication and security

The first time you access a vanilla Alfresco installation through Alfresco Explorer, Alfresco identifies you as a ‘guest’ user. You can identify yourself as another user by clicking the Login link and entering a new user name and password in the Login window. If you log in with the credentials of a user with administrator privileges (Alfresco uses admin as the default user name and password), you can use the Administration Console to create additional users and assign them passwords.

In this out-of-the-box set up, you can manage the user base and their passwords manually from within Alfresco, and unauthenticated users still have limited access as the ‘guest’ user.

From here, there are a number of common customizations you might want to make to scale up to the needs of a larger enterprise. For example, you might want to:

  • Disable unauthenticated guest access
  • Enable automatic sign-on using operating system credentials or a Single Sign-On (SSO) server to remove the need for a Login page
  • Delegate authentication responsibility to a central directory server to remove the need to set up users manually in the Administration Console

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