Alfresco CIFS shared drive authentication problem

I'm a newbie in Alfresco and honestly cannot find my way in there. If you are trying to develop a WebScript or some other type of service for Alfresco, you can either upload files one by one using the web interface or you can map the CIFS shared drive (\\workstationA\Alfresco\) and use it as a file-system. It seems it worked just fine in Windows XP and friends but I have Windows 7 and I simply could not make it work. It requests a user name and a password but then returns a "Failed to authenticate. Invalid user or password" message The hack I found seems really dumb and I'm sure there is a better solution out there but this works for me.

What you have to do is go to your hosts file (Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) and add a new line in there mapping the workstaionA (Where workstationA is your computer name + the letter a) to some unused IP address. workstationA

That's it, now it works and you can map it as a network drive and do your development in peace.

net use X: \\workstationA\Alfresco /user:admin admin /persistent:yes

Note: admin/admin are the Alfresco default username and password, you should change that and use yours.

Happy codding !


windows 7 quotes problem

windows7If you have a problem with quotes in Windows 7, try to switch the keyboard layout from "United States - International" to "US"

After installing Windows 7, I discovered the following behavior in the code editor: Pressing the quote (') or double-quote (") key once would have no effect. Pressing any key after that would produce both the double quote character and the next character.

The problem is caused but by regional settings - I solved it by switching from "United States - International" to "US" keyboard layout.

Go to Control Panel->Region and Language->Keyboards and Languages tab->click Change keyboards... where you add English (United States) - Us to the list and then select it as default from the top drop down list.