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Configuring a SQL Server database on Amazon RDS

Use this information to configure a SQL Server database on Amazon RDS for use with Alfresco.
  • Setup Amazon RDS using the AWS Management Console. For more information, see the AWS documentation.
  • Amazon EC2 instance
  1. Use the ssh command to connect to the Amazon EC2 instance using a provided .ppk key.

    For Amazon Linux, the user name is ec2-user. For RHEL5, the user name is either root or ec2-user. For Ubuntu, the user name is ubuntu. For SUSE Linux, the user name is root

  2. Execute sudo su to change to root.
  3. Download the Alfresco installer for Linux from the Alfresco Support Portal.
  4. Install the downloaded Alfresco installer using the following commands:

    chmod 777 alfresco-enterprise-5.1.x-installer-linux-x64.bin
    sudo ./alfresco-enterprise-5.1.x-installer-linux-x64.bin      
  5. Install the Microsoft SQL Server database connector. The database connector allows SQL Server database to talk to the Alfresco server.

    This release requires Microsoft JDBC Driver 7.0 for SQL Server for compatibility with the SQL Server database.

    1. Download sqljdbc4.jar from the Microsoft SQL Server download site.
    2. Copy the JDBC driver into the <TOMCAT_HOME>/lib directory.
  6. Install and use a database tool to connect to the Amazon RDS.
  7. Create a database named alfresco.
  8. Enable snapshot isolation mode with the following command:

  9. Create a user named alfresco.
  10. Set the new user's password to alfresco.
  11. Open the <classpathRoot>/ file.
  12. Locate the following property:


  13. Edit the line with an absolute path to point to the directory in which you want to store Alfresco Content Services data. For example: dir.root=C:/Alfresco/alf_data
  14. Set and uncomment the database connection properties as shown below:
    # SQL Server connection
  15. Save the file.
  16. Restart the Alfresco Content Services server.

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