Rollbase Scalability – Part Two

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My previous article on scalability laid some ground rules around server sizes and gave you some homework to get ready for actually setting up a multi server Rollbase installation. In this article we will actually start to build it!

Originally I had everything crammed into this article, but it has turned out to be very long. So in the article I will focus on setting up the Database and Apache Servers – the next article will deal with Rollbase itself. We will only touch our Main Server briefly here in order to download the installation files. Continue reading Rollbase Scalability – Part Two

Rollbase Scalability – Part One

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Whilst true scaling really depends on where the load is in your environment – every application may differ in terms of resource requirements – there are some basic guidelines to follow when building a scalable Rollbase infrastructure. Continue reading Rollbase Scalability – Part One

Changing the Automatically Applied Disposition Actions in Alfresco Records Management

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Tested in Alfresco 4.2.3 and RM 2.2

As you know, Alfresco has an events driven Retention and Disposition process, as part of the optional Records Management (RM) module.

There is a job executed that checks for the eligibility of any file to have a retention/disposition action automatically applied to it. If the action is manually applied before the job has a chance to run, there’s no harm done. But this job comes along behind and cleans up any missed files that are eligible for an action.

The actions that are available to be automatically executed are Retain, Cutoff, Destroy, Transfer and Accession.

The actions, however, that are actually configured to auto-occur out of the box are Cutoff and Retain. This means that if you want a file destroyed as soon as (or at least within 5 minutes in an out of the box configuration) it has become eligible for destruction, you have to do a little bit of configuration. Continue reading Changing the Automatically Applied Disposition Actions in Alfresco Records Management

Scaling Alfresco, Part Zero

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One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to go about building a large scale Alfresco platform.

The great thing is that the product is built in such a way that a single installation can be scaled upwards and outwards.

I am going to produce a set of articles that covers an Alfresco deployment from a single server instance (such as what you get if you use the installation Wizard) up to a n-tier, horizontally and vertically scalable solution. Continue reading Scaling Alfresco, Part Zero

Using Alfresco in a VM Environment

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The key to a stable and high-performance virtualised Alfresco environment is using the proper architecture in the virtualisation hosts. Out-of-the-box settings and slow disks might work for a test environment, but specific requirements need to be met when building the host system for proper performance to be achieved. Therefore, be sure to follow these minimum requirements when you design the virtualisation host infrastructure: Continue reading Using Alfresco in a VM Environment