There are several options for installing the Sync Service:
- Install manually using a distribution ZIP
- Install using Helm charts or Docker Compose (i.e. containerized deployment)
Note: It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the concepts of containerized deployment before working with Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm.
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-3.4.x.zip, includes all the files required to provide the Sync Service. This file contains the following artifacts:
amps-repositorydirectory containing the Sync Service repository AMP:
licensesdirectory containing the 3rd-party licenses
service-sync-3.4.x.jarSync Service JAR
Note: The keystore
sync.jkscontains 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.
AlfrescoSyncServer-3.4.x.zipfrom the Alfresco Support Portal.
AlfrescoSyncServer-3.4.x.zipfile into a system directory; for example,
We’ll refer to this new directory (
<installLocation>/sync), as the Alfresco Sync Service installation directory. In this directory you’ll see these folders:
Stop the Alfresco repository.
Use the Module Management Tool (MMT) to install the
alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.4.x.ampAMP into the repository WAR.
For more information, see instructions in Install the AMP file.
For example, to apply the
alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.4.x.amp, use the following command:
java -jar <alfrescoInstallLocation>\bin\alfresco-mmt.jar install <installLocation>\amps-repository\alfresco-device-sync-repo-3.4.x.amp <installLocation>\tomcat\webapps\alfresco.war
Add the following properties to the
dsync.service.urisspecifies the hostname of the Sync Service (or the load balancer hiding the Sync Service cluster) that Desktop Sync clients can see. For example,
dsync.service.urisvalue 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.urlspecifies the location of ActiveMQ.
Configure the Sync Service properties in the
For example, edit the following properties:
repo.hostnameis the IP address of the repository host.
broker: host: localhost
messaging.broker.hostis the IP address of the ActiveMQ host.
db: url: jdbc:postgresql:alfresco
sql.db.urlis the URL of the Postgres database.
Start and configure PostgreSQL.
For more information, see Configuring PostgreSQL database for Desktop Sync.
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.
Start the repository.
Note: Wait for the repository to fully start before proceeding to the next step.
Start the Sync Service.
cd <installLocation>/service-sync java -Xmx2G -Djava.io.tmpdir=/var/tmp/dsync -classpath <classpath to database.jar file>:service-sync-3.4.x.jar org.alfresco.service.sync.dropwizard.SyncService server config.yml
cd <installLocation>/service-sync java -Xmx2G -Djava.io.tmpdir=/users/<username>sync/tmp -classpath <classpath to database.jar file>;service-sync-3.4.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.
Access Alfresco Share by browsing to:
Check the repository and Sync Service log file (
<installLocation>/service-sync/logs/sync-service.logby default) to see if the Sync Service started properly. The location of the log file can be configured using the
loggingproperties in the
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
applicationConnectorsection of the
config.ymlfile, comment out or remove the lines from
server: type: default applicationConnectors: - type: http port: 9090 # type: https # keyStorePath: ./sync.jks # keyStorePassword: N9SnIgrcAx7zWr # keyStoreType: JCEKS # validateCerts: false
httpin the alfresco-global.properties file.
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.
Sync Service can optionally be deployed as part of Alfresco Content Services using Helm charts or a Docker Compose file.
It is recommended that these deployment references are used as an accelerator by customers who have prior production experience with containerized deployment technologies like Docker, Kubernetes and Helm.
Follow these links to find out how to deploy Alfresco Content Services including the Sync Service using Helm charts or Docker Compose:
Due to the limited capabilities of Docker Compose, this deployment method is recommended for development and test environments only.
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.
Stop the Alfresco server.
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-3.4.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.
Delete the Tomcat webapp directory.
For example, delete
Deleting these directories forces Tomcat to read the edited WAR files when Alfresco is restarted.
autoStartproperties in your
alfresco-global.propertiesfile 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
autoStartproperties to check that they’re set to
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:
- Event broker
- Messaging broker
- Sync Service
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,
Remove the Sync Service installation and database.
Navigate to the Sync Service installation directory. Remove all Sync Service files by running the
rm -rfcommand, or run this command from another directory:
rm -rf /<installLocation>/sync
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