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Configuration overview

Alfresco Content Services is preconfigured with a set of system configuration parameters. Many of the system configuration parameters are completely exposed as properties, which you can configure for your specific environment requirements.

Use the following methods to configure Alfresco Content Services:

  • Admin Console
  • Share Admin Tools
  • Editing the global properties
  • Using a JMX client, such as JConsole
If you use multiple configuration methods, updates made using a JMX client will override any other settings, and updates in the Admin Console and Admin Tools override settings in These settings also persist in the database, and are not reflected back into the file.

Admin Console

The Admin Console is an administrator's tool to manage your configuration. You can run the Admin Console from a browser without having to start Share. See Using the Admin Console for more information.

Share Admin Tools

Share Admin Tools is an administrator's tool to create and manage users and groups from Alfresco Share, set application preferences, manage categories and tags, and browse the system information in the node browser. See Using the Alfresco Share Admin Tools for more information.

Global properties file

The global properties file ( is used to detect extended properties. For example, when you install Alfresco Content Services, many of the installation settings are saved in the global properties file. The global properties file is used to detect the extended properties. You can use the global properties to set all your property settings; whenever you make a change, you must restart the server to apply those changes. See Using the file for more information.

JMX client

The JMX client allows you to edit the settings while the system is running. The settings you change are automatically persisted in the database and synchronized across a cluster. When you start up Alfresco Content Services, the system initially uses the file to set the properties in the JMX client, but then any changes you make in the JMX client persist in the database but are not reflected back into the file. See Using a JMX client to change settings dynamically for more information.

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