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Common mistakes made by Alfresco administrators

This section lists the most common mistakes to avoid when administering an Alfresco environment.

  1. Not keeping extended configurations and customizations separate in the shared directory. Do not put them in the configuration root. If you do, you will lose them during upgrades.
  2. Not ensuring that the database driver is copied to the application server lib directory when installing.
  3. Not testing the backup strategy.
  4. Making changes to the system without testing them thoroughly on a test and pre-production machine first.
  5. Failing to set the dir.root property to an absolute path location.
  6. Not fully shutting down a running instance of Alfresco, so the next time you try and start it, Alfresco says: Address already in use: JVM_Bind:8080 (especially on Linux).