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Alfresco: increase session cookie timeout

By default, Alfresco uses credential cookies which are valid for only 60 minutes. This means that users may need to log in a few times during the day.

To increase the timeout, edit files /opt/alfresco-4.2.b/tomcat/webapps/share/WEB-INF/web.xml and /opt/alfresco-4.2.b/tomcat/webapps/alfresco/WEB-INF/web.xml:

   <session-timeout>1440</session-timeout><!-- 1 day -->

And restart Alfresco.

Increasing the value further is normally useless because the cookies sent by Alfresco (or actually Tomcat) are session cookies. These kind of cookies will be deleted when the user closes his browser.

Alfresco: redirect to HTTP port 80

By default, Alfresco or any other Tomcat application will run on HTTP port 8080. Because of this, users would need to go to, for example, http://alfresco:8080/share to reach the Alfresco Share website.

We can make this easier by configuring Apache proxy_ajp which will redirect port 80 to Tomcat and will make the "/share" path optional.

Install Apache and enable the necessary modules:

apt-get install apache2
a2enmod proxy_ajp rewrite

Create a virtualhost configuration file at /etc/apache2/sites-available/alfresco-reverse-proxy with the following content:

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