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Running Alfresco in read-only mode

You may want to run Alfresco in read-only mode, for example, if you are using Alfresco for Solr to track in order to maintain indexes.
To set Alfresco to read-only mode, use one of the following methods:
  • Using the alfresco-global.properties file
  • Using a JMX client, such as JConsole

Using the alfresco-global.properties file

The server.allowWrite property specifies that the repository will allow write operations. If set to false, the repository is in read-only mode.
  1. Open the alfresco-global.properties file.
  2. Add the following property:
    server.allowWrite=false
  3. Save the file.
  4. Restart the Alfresco server.

Using a JMX client, such as JConsole

  1. Login to JConsole.
  2. Using the MBean tab, go to JMX MBeans > Alfresco > Configuration > sysAdmin > Attributes.
  3. Set the value of the server.allowWrite=false attribute to read-only.
  4. Click Refresh.
Follow these steps to check if Alfresco is set to read-only mode or not:
  1. Go to the Alfresco Admin Console.
  2. Under General, click System Settings.
  3. Under Alfresco Content Services Repository Settings, check the value of Server Allow Writes.

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