Just testing repository / file options and installed the Community Edition 4b of Alfresco. Working great - but I can't seem to get sites/spaces and documents within them to show up?
So the connection to Alfresco works fine, as does the connection to Homes etc. Login etc works for users I have created ( side question: do you know how to connect alfresco to AD?)
The default interface in Alfresco 4 seems to be Alfresco Share rather than explorer, and that is where Sites etc are all managed from. I tried to look at sites through explorer and interestingly it came up with a message stating
|This space is managed by Alfresco Share. Please use the Alfresco Share application to work with content within this space and any sub-spaces.|
I also noticed that the folders you have available in the video are the same ones I see - but no sites. Had you created any? Homes area is available, but I can't see any sites created in Alfresco Share that the user has access to (which is more desirable as they are more likely to be used as a shared repositry for courses by multiple users).
The other thing I was curious about was how to move files around within Alfresco. Eg - create content in homes - how do I move it if I need to re-organise it? (ok - answering my own question - its easy in Share) and had moodle copied the file or linked it? once i move the file in alfresco - does the link still work from moodle? (answer again: using add resource>>file it seems to copy it into moodle, no option to 'link the file' - at least that is what it seemed to me... )
Interestingly - When uploading (drag and drop in Share with Ffox - nice ) it seems to upload by default as content and shows up in the moodlehomes folder.
So - questions in all the rambling
a) how to make sites show up?
b) how to link files from Alfresco so when they are updated the moodle version updates?
Oh, Gavin - I forgot to say thanks - yes the video was helpful and I used it and the white paper you wrote before starting the alfresco path. And the plugin reviews - so yes, Thank you!
Another thing - your video had a repository under alfresco that looked like it might have been a WebDav connection to Alfresco? If so - how did you get it working?
The following posting (and thread) may help for both visualising Alfresco Sites and using the Alfresco WebDAV interface with Moodle. Note this is for Alfresco 1.3.4.d. I have not yet tried Alfresco 1.4.
Thanks for the help. found the changes in lib.php in the alfresco repository plugin and changed them. Sites now shows up
Weird though - the webdav connection doesn't show up? What authentication did you select? enter passwords?
Is there a way to 'link' to the files in Alfresco rather than copying them across?
Just tried the WebDAV repository interface again (I had hidden it to avoid confusion with the Alfresco interface) and could only get it to work with basic authentication and a named user/password combination. The WebDAV interface does seem less mature than the Alfresco interface.
With respect to the Alfresco repository interface
1. I found the following useful in adding breadcrumb navigation to the file-picker
2. You can link to files in the Alfresco repository by, for example, adding a URL rather than a File. However, there are some issues
- The linking currently adds a 'Ticket' to the link address to allow access. However, if you restart your Tomcat/Alfresco server the tickets expire and the links break. There is a possible fix for this, though it has not been extensively tested (so far, works for us).
- The Tickets may have some security implications.
The above should be addressed in an update of the repository file-picker due in Moodle 2.3 (next summer?)
I'm also awaiting an imminent update of the Edu-sharing bundle (as I understand it, currently only works with Alfresco 3.0) as this may provide an alternative way to integrate Moodle 2 and Alfresco 3.4 (4?)
All somewhat frustrating as Alfresco has real potential as a Moodle repository.
Thanks for your help. Very very helpful!
ok - so basically webdav isn't that practical for a multi user environment yet it sounds like?
re 1. - thanks! works well!
2 - ok, so it is by using a URL - can't link files. Also looks like the update you mentioned might remove as much need for an external repository anyway - with real file linking and updating from within Moodle file management. Can I check - when using the link - the students would see the file within the Alfresco interface? (that is what it looked like when I tried it) to me from a usability p.o.v. it seemed confusing to go to another site to see a file after trying to access it from Moodle.
Edu Sharing looks interesting - though even after reading the website I was a little confused. Is it a bundle of Moodle and Alfresco? with some content creation tools and a network?
I'm involved in a project that requires the delivery of learning content. We're using moodle as our LMS and I decided to give Alfresco a go for content managment. I have been able to integrate the two fairly easily but I can't seem to get Alfresco's search option in the file picker working. I've added all the relevant metadata in alfresco but still the search option comes up with 'No files found'. Has anybody else managed to get this working?