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Install with zip

Use these instructions to install the Sync Service repository modules and services on Alfresco Content Services.

The Sync Service distribution zip file, AlfrescoSyncServer-3.0.x.zip, includes all the files required to provide the Sync Service. This file contains the following artifacts:

  • amps-repository directory containing the Sync Service repository AMP: alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.0.x.amp
  • licenses directory containing the 3rd-party licenses
  • service-sync directory with:
    • service-sync-3.0.x.jar Sync Service JAR
    • config.yml property file
    • syncservice start/stop script
    • sync.jks SSL keys
  • activemq directory containing a bundled ActiveMQ zip file

Note: The keystore sync.jks contains a self-signed certificate that should be used for testing purposes only. You’ll need to provide your own SSL keys for a production environment.

Note: Make sure you’re running the correct versions of operating system and software before you install the AMP file. See Prerequisites for more information.

  1. Download AlfrescoSyncServer-3.0.x.zip from the Alfresco Support Portal.

  2. Extract the AlfrescoSyncServer-3.0.x.zip file into a system directory; for example, <installLocation>/.

    We’ll refer to this new directory (<installLocation>/sync), as the Alfresco Sync Service installation directory. In this directory you’ll see these folders:

    • activemq
    • amps-repository
    • licenses
    • service-sync
  3. Stop the Alfresco repository.

  4. Use the Module Management Tool (MMT) to install the alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.0.x.amp AMP into the repository WAR.

    For more information, see instructions in Install the AMP file.

    For example, to apply the alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.0.x.amp, use the following command:

     java -jar <alfrescoInstallLocation>\bin\alfresco-mmt.jar install <installLocation>\amps-repository\alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.0.x.amp <installLocation>\tomcat\webapps\alfresco.war
    
  5. Add the following properties to the alfresco-global.properties file:

     dsync.service.uris=https://<hostname>:9090/alfresco
     messaging.broker.url=failover:(tcp://localhost:61616)?timeout=3000
    

    where:

    • dsync.service.uris specifies the hostname of the Sync Service (or the load balancer hiding the Sync Service cluster) that Desktop Sync clients can see. For example, https://<hostname>:9090/alfresco.
    • The dsync.service.uris value needs to be set to an IP address or hostname of the Sync Service machine that can be accessed by the Desktop Sync clients outside the firewall. In addition, the port 9090 needs to be opened up in the firewall so that clients can access the Sync Service.
    • messaging.broker.url specifies the location of ActiveMQ.
  6. Configure the Sync Service properties in the <installLocation>/service-sync/config.yml file.

    See Configure Sync Service.

    For example, edit the following properties:

    • repo:

        hostname: localhost
      

      where repo.hostname is the IP address of the repository host.

    • messaging:

        broker:
            host: localhost
      

      where messaging.broker.host is the IP address of the ActiveMQ host.

    • sql:

        db:
            url: jdbc:postgresql:alfresco
      

      where sql.db.url is the URL of the Postgres database.

  7. Start and configure PostgreSQL.

    For more information, see Configuring PostgreSQL database for Desktop Sync.

  8. Start ActiveMQ.

    If ActiveMQ is down, the repository transactions will fail and rollback. In production environments, it’s advisable that you run an ActiveMQ cluster in failover mode to avoid this situation. See ActiveMQ master/slave configurations.

    For more information, see Setting up ActiveMQ.

  9. Start the repository.

    Note: Wait for the repository to fully start before proceeding to the next step.

  10. Start the Sync Service.

    For Linux:

    cd <installLocation>/service-sync
    
    java -Xmx2G -Djava.io.tmpdir=/var/tmp/dsync -classpath <classpath to database.jar file>:service-sync-3.0.x.jar org.alfresco.service.sync.dropwizard.SyncService server config.yml
    

    See Running Sync Service via a script.

    For Windows:

    cd <installLocation>/service-sync
    
    java -Xmx2G -Djava.io.tmpdir=/users/<username>sync/tmp -classpath <classpath to database.jar file>;service-sync-3.0.x.jar org.alfresco.service.sync.dropwizard.SyncService server config.yml
    

    Note: For production systems, you need to configure JMX authentication as password authentication over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is enabled by default. However, in a test environment, you can disable all security, namely both password authentication and SSL, when you start the Java VM. See Connect to Sync Service through JMX for configuration options. For more information, see the JRE documentation.

    Note: The PostgreSQL JDBC driver must be provided and included in the startup command line as shown above.

    For more information, see Install and configure PostgreSQL database.

  11. Access Alfresco Share by browsing to:

    http://<hostname>:8080/share
    
  12. Check the repository and Sync Service log file (<installLocation>/service-sync/logs/sync-service.log by default) to see if the Sync Service started properly. The location of the log file can be configured using the logging properties in the config.yml file.

    To validate that the Sync Service is configured correctly, see Sync Service health check.

SSL certificate for the synchronization server

Alfresco supplies a self-signed certificate with the Sync Service. This certificate is for testing purposes only, and it’s not recommended for use in a production system.

How to disable SSL for the synchronization server

  1. In the applicationConnector section of the config.yml file, comment out or remove the lines from type: https to validateCerts: false.

     server:
         type: default
         applicationConnectors:
             - type: http
               port: 9090
             # type: https
             # keyStorePath: ./sync.jks
             # keyStorePassword: N9SnIgrcAx7zWr
             # keyStoreType: JCEKS
             # validateCerts: false
    
  2. For the dsync.service.uris property, replace https with http in the alfresco-global.properties file.

    For example, dsync.service.uris=http://localhost:9090/alfresco.

Install and configure databases

The Sync Service is not packaged with a database driver, so it will need to be downloaded separately and cited in the start-up.

See instructions to install and configure databases.

Uninstalling Sync Service

To remove the Sync Service, uninstall the Sync Service AMP file, remove the Sync Service installation, and then remove the ActiveMQ topic.

These instructions apply to both Alfresco Content Services and Alfresco One.

  1. Stop the Alfresco server.

  2. Uninstall the Sync Service, AMP file in the repository, for example using the Module Management Tool (MMT):

     java -jar bin/alfresco-mmt.jar uninstall alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.0.x.amp tomcat/webapps/alfresco.war
    

    Uninstall an AMP file provides information on how to uninstall the AMP file, and remove the AMP content from the WAR files.

  3. Delete the Tomcat webapp directory.

    For example, delete tomcat/webapps/alfresco.

    Deleting these directories forces Tomcat to read the edited WAR files when Alfresco is restarted.

  4. Review the autoStart properties in your alfresco-global.properties file to ensure that the events and messaging subsystems aren’t set to start automatically.

    Uninstalling the AMP file removes any settings applied by the Sync Service repository module, however you should review custom autoStart properties to check that they’re set to false:

     events.subsystem.autoStart=false
     messaging.subsystem.autoStart=false
    
  5. Ensure that all system services relating to the Sync Service are stopped, disabled or removed. Disable all cron jobs, and ensure there are no active Analytics processes on your server.

    There are four system services to stop:

    • ActiveMQ
    • Event broker
    • Messaging broker
    • Sync Service
  6. Ensure that Alfresco Content Services isn’t physically connected to the Sync Service installation and that all related functions are disabled.

    You’ll physically remove all parts of the Sync Service installation, so you must make sure this doesn’t affect the Alfresco Content Services installation. Most Sync Service files are installed in <installLocation>), which you chose during installation (for example, <installLocation>/sync).

  7. Remove the Sync Service installation and database.

    Navigate to the Sync Service installation directory. Remove all Sync Service files by running the rm -rf command, or run this command from another directory:

     rm -rf /<installLocation>/sync
    
  8. Using the ActiveMQ Console, remove the ActiveMQ topic and queues matching the following names:

     Queue Consumer.*.VirtualTopic.alfresco.repo.events.nodes
     Topic VirtualTopic.alfresco.repo.events.nodes
    

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