Using the fileServersNG Docker Images

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The following Docker images are available that contain Alfresco server installations with the fileServersNG file servers subsystem deployed. The Docker images include a free to use licence for 25 clients, licence keys for larger number of clients can be purchased from filesys.org :-

Image Description
filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v5 Alfresco 5.2 server with the fileServersNG subsystem deployed, using an embedded PostGreSQL database server, includes Share
filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v6 Alfresco 6.0 server with the fileServersNG subsystem deployed, for use in a multi-container setup via docker-compose

fileServersNG v5

The fileServersNG-v5 add-on is designed to work with Alfresco v5.x, and should also work with Alfresco v4.x.

The Docker image will be downloaded when you use the docker run command, if it is not already available on your system, or you can download the image using docker pull <image-name>.

The Docker images expose a web server on port 8080 and the JFileServer SMB server on port 445. The Alfresco web interface is available at http://localhost:8080/alfresco and the Share web interface is available at http://localhost:8080/share/. There is an administrators account with user name admin password admin.

Configuring The fileServersNG V5 Docker Image

The fileServersNG Docker image can be configured using a combination of volume mapping and environment variables. Volume mapping is required to persist the Alfresco server state when the container is stopped or removed. Environment variables are used to configure the fileServerNG subsystem.

Using Volume Mapping

The fileServerNG Docker image needs a number of paths mapping to the host system in order to persist the Alfresco state when the container is stopped/removed. This can be done by either mapping Docker image paths to host paths or using Docker volumes that are created using the command :-

docker volume create name

The following volume mappings are available :-

Image Path Description
/content The main Alfresco content store with the raw data files
/alfresco/alf_data The Alfresco database data tables, key store and SOLR data
/alfresco/tomcat/logs The Tomcat server logs including catalina.out
/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/license Location of the JFileServer licence file, required to enable the JFileServer Enterprise features

In the following examples where a host path is shown a Docker volume name could be used instead.

To run the fileServersNG Docker image with the Alfresco state persisted to folders on the host system, with local folders of /AlfrescoDocker/content, /AlfrescoDocker/alf_data and /AlfrescoDocker/logs :-

docker run -d --rm --name fsng -p 8080:8080 -p 445:445 -v /AlfrescoDocker/content:/content -v /AlfrescoDocker/alf_data:/alfresco/alf_data -v /AlfrescoDocker/logs:/alfresco/tomcat/logs
 filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v5:latest

You should be able to monitor the Alfresco server startup via the catalina.out log file in the local folder, for example :-

tail -f /AlfrescoDocker/logs/catalina.out

The fileServersNG Docker image includes the JFileServer Enterprise code, a trial key is included. If you have your own JFileServer Enterprise key you will need to map an additional local folder that contains the jfileserver.lic licence file :-

docker run -d --rm --name fsng -p 8080:8080 -p 445:445 -v /AlfrescoDocker/content:/content -v /AlfrescoDocker/alf_data:/alfresco/alf_data -v /AlfrescoDocker/logs:/alfresco/tomcat/logs
 -v /AlfrescoDocker/licence:/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/license filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v5:latest

Using Environment Variables

The default configuration can be overridden using environment variables. As Alfresco fileServersNG is running in a Docker container it can use the privileged ports for the various file servers. The SMB server will use TCP port 445, the FTP server will use port 21 by default.

The following environment variables are used :-

Variable Name Description Default Value
FSNG_SMB_ENABLE Enable the SMB server true
FSNG_FTP_ENABLE Enable the FTP server false
FSNG_NFS_ENABLE Enable the NFS server false
FSNG_SMB_DIALECTS SMB dialects that the SMB server will negotiate SMB2
JFSRV_SMB_DEBUGFLAGS SMB debug flags Negotiate,Socket,State
JFSRV_FTP_PORT Port that the FTP server listens on 21
JFSRV_FTP_DEBUGFLAGS FTP debug flags File,Search,Error,DataPort,Directory
JFSRV_NFS_DEBUGFLAGS NFS debug flags File,FileIO
FSNG_LICENCE_PATH Relative path of the JFileServer licence folder on the classpath /license

To run fileServersNG SMB server with the SMB2 protocol enabled via the JFileServer Enterprise add-on, use the following :-

 docker run -d --rm --name fsng -p 8080:8080 -p 445:445 -v /AlfrescoDocker/content:/content -v /AlfrescoDocker/alf_data:/alfresco/alf_data -v /AlfrescoDocker/logs:/alfresco/tomcat/logs
  -e FSNG_SMB_DIALECTS=SMB2 filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v5:latest

If you have your own JFileServer Enterprise licence you will need to add the volume mapping to the local folder that contains the jfileserver.lic licence file, for example -v /AlfrescoDocker/licence:/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/license.

fileServersNG v6

The fileServersNG-v6 add-on is designed to work with Alfresco v6.0, which uses the new containerised setup.

To run the Alfresco v6.0 setup use the following docker-compose.yml file. To start the Alfresco server use docker-compose up, to stop the server use <Ctrl-C> and then docker-compose down.

The Docker image will be downloaded when you use the docker-compose up command, if it is not already available on your system, or you can download the image using docker pull <image-name>.

The Docker images expose a web server on port 8080 and the JFileServer SMB server on port 445. The Alfresco web interface is available at http://localhost:8080/alfresco and the Share web interface is available at http://localhost:8080/share/. There is an administrators account with user name admin password admin.

Configuring The fileServersNG V6 Docker Image

The default configuration can be overridden using properties. As Alfresco fileServersNG is running in a Docker container it can use the privileged ports for the various file servers. The SMB server will use TCP port 445, the FTP server will use port 21 by default.

The properties can be set via the docker-compose.yml file or by updating the alfresco-global.properties file in the Docker image. The default docker-compose.yml has the following configuration for the Alfresco service :-

services:
   alfresco:
       image: filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v6
       environment:
           JAVA_OPTS : "
               -Ddb.driver=org.postgresql.Driver
               -Ddb.username=alfresco
               -Ddb.password=alfresco
               -Ddb.url=jdbc:postgresql://postgres:5432/alfresco
               -Dsolr.host=solr6
               -Dsolr.port=8983
               -Dsolr.secureComms=none
               -Dsolr.base.url=/solr
               -Dindex.subsystem.name=solr6
               -Dshare.host=localhost
               -Ddeployment.method=DOCKER_COMPOSE
               -Dcsrf.filter.enabled=false
               -Dsmb.enabled=true
               -Dftpng.enabled=false
               "
       ports:
           - 8082:8080 #Browser port
           - 445:445 # SMB server
           - 21:21   # FTP server

The properties are set via the JAVA_OPTS environment variable. By default the SMB server is enabled (via -Dsmb.enabled=true) and the FTP server is disabled (via -Dftpng.enabled=false).

The following properties are available :-

Property Name Description Default Value
smb.enabled Enable the SMB server true
ftpng.enabled Enable the FTP server false
smb.dialects SMB dialects that the SMB server will negotiate SMB2
smb.tcpipSMB.port Port that the SMB server listens on 445
smb.sessionDebug SMB debug flags Socket
ftp.port Port that the FTP server listens on 21
ftp.sessionDebug FTP debug flags File,Search,Error,DataPort,Directory

Accessing the fileServersNG SMB Server On Windows

To use the fileServersNG Docker image to run an SMB server on Windows requires some additional work to access the SMB server. A Windows host uses the native SMB port 445 to run a local file server as well as to access various services such as remote registry editing, access to the event log manager and service manager and many other functions. When running the fileServersNG Docker image on Windows we cannot map the native SMB port 445 from the Docker container to the host system as the port will already be in use. Instead we need to setup a network route to the Docker VM that is running the JFileServer image.

To setup a network route to the JFileServer Docker container :-

  • Get the Docker VM IP address using :-
docker-machine ip default
  • Start the fileServersNG container without a port mapping for the SMB server port using :-
docker run -d --rm --name fsng -p 8080:8080 -v /AlfrescoDocker/content:/content -v /AlfrescoDocker/alf_data:/alfresco/alf_data -v /AlfrescoDocker/logs:/alfresco/tomcat/logs
 filesysorg/alfresco-fileserversng-v5:latest
  • Get the IP address of the fileServersNG container using :-
docker inspect fsng | findstr IPAddress
  • Add network routing to the fileServerNG container :-
route add /P <container-network-IP> MASK 255.0.0.0 <docker-machine-IP>

For example if the container IP address is 172.17.0.2 and the Docker machine IP is 192.168.99.100 the routing command would be

route add /P 172.0.0.0 MASK 255.0.0.0 192.168.99.100
  • Map a network drive from the Windows host using a UNC path of \\<docker-machine-IP>\alfresco using the admin user name password, or a normal user account if you have added users to the Alfresco system.