Doc update for eXo Platform 4.1: simplified configuration and add-on management


You may have already read about the big changes with the release of eXo Platform 4.1-RC. In this post, we don’t introduce more features but would like to remind you that you are not alone when discovering the improvements of 4.1-RC1—we keep you updated via new tutorials and updates to the Documentation Website.

What’s available?

Here are the significant updates we would like to summarize:

Simplified configuration—from external to clustering and upgrade

With 4.1-RC1, the approaches to external and cluster configurations as well as the upgrade process have been changed.

  • External configuration—A quick start for you to understand how to make customizations on configurations via properties. Now, forget, and remember that all your configuration changes should be done in the new file In addition, we have been updating properties, renamed in 4.1-RC1 mainly in the Configuration chapter and in the Administrator and Reference guides.
  • Clustering—The whole content of this chapter has been restructured and rewritten. Beginning now, the clustering configuration becomes much easier. Reading this chapter carefully and following it step-by-step, you will be confident in “winning” the challenging task of clustering.
  • Upgrade—With the full information and detailed steps in this new chapter, you will find it easy to upgrade to a newer version, particularly from 4.0.7 to 4.1-0-RC1. The upgrade process is now much simpler—there is no longer a need to activate necessary plugins manually like before. Instead, simply locate the sample upgrade file for the version you want to upgrade and rename as, as described in theRelease Notes.

Add-ons and eXo Add-on Manager

With the first introduction here, you may have heard about the Add-on Manager project, the new tool to easily browse, share, and deploy eXo extensions. What is described in the new chapter—Add-on Management—will give you (as an administrator) a basic understanding of add-ons and Add-on Manager—now the official way to control add-ons installed on eXo Platform instances. By walking through this chapter, you will learn how to install/uninstall add-ons, view all available add-ons, or see information about an individual add-on.

What’s next?

We, the Doc Team, are focusing our efforts to ensure continuous integration with every release of eXo Platform 4.1. We are planning to work on a dynamic container, a tutorial on how to deploy an add-on, documentation on how to use add-ons produced by eXo, and more technical content—some of which are on the road to our next deployment. Feel free to tell us what you think and what you want to see in eXo guides by joining the Community Forum. We like to learn from your experience!

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