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Installing Media Management

Download and install the Media Management AMP files, and add Media Management properties to your alfresco-global.properties file.
Ensure that you have installed the required external software before installing Alfresco Media Management. See Prerequisites for using Media Management for information on what you require before you start the Media Management installation.
  1. Stop the Alfresco server.
  2. Unzip the Alfresco Media Management package into a new system directory; for example, opt/media-management:

    • alfresco-mm-1.2.x-n-dist.zip
    (where 'n' is the build number for the distribution)

    You will see four folders:

    • activemq: contains ActiveMQ software
    • amps-repository: contains one AMP file to be applied to the Alfresco repository
    • amps-share: contains one AMP file to be applied to Alfresco Share
    • remote-node: contains content services node software and configuration file
    We will refer to this new directory as the Media Management installation directory. If you are using the recommended Media Management architecture, the activemq, amps-repository and amps-share folders reside on the Alfresco server, and you must move the remote-node folder to your remote server.
  3. Install the repository AMP file. Navigate to the amps-repository directory and copy the following file to the Alfresco amps directory.

    • alfresco-mm-repo-1.2.x-n.amp
  4. Install the Share AMP file. Navigate to the amps_share directory and copy the following file to the Alfresco amps_share directory.

    • alfresco-mm-share-1.2.x-n.amp
  5. Delete the tomcat\webapps\alfresco and tomcat\webapps\share folders in the Alfresco installation directory.
  6. Navigate to the bin directory and run the Module Management Tool (MMT) file to install the repository AMP files:
    1. For the Alfresco repository:

      (Linux)

      java -jar alfresco-mmt.jar install ../amps/alfresco-mm-<version>.amp ../tomcat/webapps/alfresco.war
      (Windows)
      java -jar alfresco-mmt.jar install ..\amps\alfresco-mm-<version>.amp ..\tomcat\webapps\alfresco.war
      where alfresco-mm-<version>.amp is the specific AMP file that you downloaded.
    2. For Alfresco Share:

      (Linux)

      java -jar alfresco-mmt.jar install ../amps_share/alfresco-mm-<version>.amp ../tomcat/webapps/share.war
      (Windows)
      java -jar alfresco-mmt.jar install ..\amps_share\alfresco-mm-<version>.amp ..\tomcat\webapps\share.war
      where alfresco-mm-<version>.amp is the specific AMP file that you downloaded.

    Check the output to ensure that the AMP files have installed successfully.

  7. Take a copy of the most recent tomcat/webapps/alfresco.war<numbers>.bak file in case you need to uninstall Media Management.
  8. Define properties relevant to Media Management in your alfresco-global.properties file.

    A sample alfresco-global.properties file is shipped in the root folder of the Media Management distribution zip, which defines custom properties. See Configuring Media Management for the full list.

    1. If you have ActiveMQ on a separate server, configure the host and port number for ActiveMQ:

      # Messaging broker, default is localhost
      messaging.broker.url=failover:(tcp://broker1:61616,tcp://broker2:61616)
      where broker is each ActiveMQ instance that you have configured.

      You need to set this property only if your ActiveMQ instance is not on the same server as Alfresco.

    2. Configure FFmpeg and ExifTool if they are not already available on the command line executable path:

      # FFmpeg executable path, default is ffmpeg
      ffmpeg.exe=
      
      # ExifTool executable path, default is exiftool
      exiftool.exe=
    3. If you want to preview raw images, set the following properties in the alfresco-global.properties file.

      transformer.strict.mimetype.check=true
      transformer.strict.mimetype.check.whitelist.mimetypes=image/x-raw-adobe

      Set the transformer.strict.mimetype.check property to true, and use the transformer.strict.mimetype.check.whitelist.mimetypes property to add the x-raw-adobe MIME type to an existing whitelist.

    4. If you are using shared content workspaces, remote transformations or publishing channels, configure these as specified in Configuring Media Management.
  9. Update the remote-node/config.yml file that you extracted from the Media Management installation zip.

    Specify the ActiveMQ host name and prefetch policy (to ensure that transformations can be processed in parallel):

    messaging:
    broker:
      url: tcp://localhost:61616?jms.prefetchPolicy.queuePrefetch=1

    The content services node uses ImageMagick and FFmpeg and requires that the executable directories are available on the system PATH variable or are specified using img.exe and ffmpeg.exe system properties.

    For more information about the recommended architecture for Media Management, see Media Management architecture. For information about the content services framework, see Content services node architecture.

  10. Restart the server.
  11. Launch Alfresco Share.

    To check that the Media Management AMPs have installed correctly, add a video or image to Share, open the file and check that you can see that the media loading and a Renditions Panel is available.

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