Thursday, November 29, 2007

How to access Alfresco from Vista using Network Location

Abstract: This article describes setup process of Network Location in Microsoft Windows Vista to access Alfresco.

Alfresco is open source digital assets management system and has lots of useful features like support of multiple protocols for remote access. One of them is access to repository via CIFS/WebDAV, or, in plain English, from your Desktop. This gives you an easy way to transfer bunch of files to digital repo, preserving folder hierarchy.

Here is a list of actions:

1. Go to My Computer, right-click on it and choose 'Add Network Location'.
You'll see wizard window - click Next button, on the next screen choose custom location and click Next button, then in dialog window, which should ask for location of your website, type in something like http://youralfrescoinstallation.com:8080/alfresco/webdav and hit Next button, this will bring popup windows that propmts for access credentials, add username and password.

2. If all is good, you will see next window, that asks 'what do you want to name this location' - type in the name you want and hit Next button. At this step you should see final screen of the wizard, that confirms successful creation of network location, leave all default choices and hit Finish button.

3. Now you have web folder linked to your Alfresco digital assets repository and can drag
and drop files in or copy files to your computer.

Enjoy your alfresco ! :)

Possible problems:
You might get stuck on step one, because of differences in protocol implementation, when whatever you enter doesn't let you proceed to next step.
I have resolved this problem by downloading and installing following update for Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition (called Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306) ).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=17C36612-632E-4C04-9382-987622ED1D64&displaylang=en

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