The File Server subsystem allows access to the Alfresco data stores through the
SMB/CIFS, FTP, and NFS protocols. This allows you to browse to the repository using Windows
Explorer or by creating a Network Place.
Attention: CIFS, FTP, and NFS traffic must be targeted to a single-cluster node.
In a clustered installation, concurrent writes to the same documents using file server
protocols (CIFS, FTP, or NFS) and other clients are not currently recommended.
Note: Functions such as NTLM SSO and CIFS authentication can only be targeted at a single
subsystem instance in the authentication chain. This is a restriction imposed by the
authentication protocols themselves. For this reason, Alfresco targets these ‘direct’
authentication functions at the first member of the authentication chain that has them
Alfresco recommends that you implement an allowed authentication mechanism relative to
the file server you are using. For more information on the different types of authentication
subsystems in Alfresco and their use, see Authentication subsystem types
As with other Alfresco subsystems, the File Server subsystem exposes all
of its configuration options as properties that can be controlled through a JMX interface or
the global properties file.
The sections that follow describe each of the configurable properties supported by the File