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Installing and configuring Alfresco Search Services

Installing Alfresco Search Services introduces additional features, including new sharding methods and sharding with SSL. Mutual TLS is not just used to encrypt data in transit, but mainly as an authentication mechanism between the repository and Search Services.

It is possible to deploy Alfresco Content Services without mutual TLS between the repository and Search Services, however this will expose internal APIs that give full access to the repository without authentication. In such a setup, it is critical to properly protect these APIs.

You may choose to secure Alfresco Search Services with SSL.

Note: When choosing to secure Search Services with SSL, be aware that there is a known issue when using Solr 6 where the SSL truststore and keystore passwords are visible as plain text in the Solr 6 process arguments. Alfresco recommends that you ensure the server running Solr 6 is security hardened and access is restricted to admin users only. For more information, see
Important: Alfresco strongly recommends that you use firewalls and other infrastructure means to ensure that the Search Services server is not accessible from anything other than trusted hosts and/or users, and only on the ports needed for Search Services.

Alfresco Search Services 1.3 supports all Alfresco Content Services 6.1 certified platforms and components.

For more information, see Supported Platforms.

You can download the Alfresco Search Services installation file from the Alfresco Support Portal: Click Downloads, and then select the version of the product you require.

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