In this chapter, we examined how to configure Liferay’s portal settings. We looked at the different authentication options provided by Liferay. You can configure Liferay so that users can authenticate via LDAP, CAS, Facebook, NTLM, OpenID, OpenSSO, or SiteMinder. We also examined some general configuration options for the portal users, such as reserved credentials and default user associations.
Next, we learned how to configure mail host names, email notifications, content sharing, identification information, and portal display settings. We showed how to add custom fields to various portal entities such as users, pages, documents, wiki articles, message board posts, and more.
We also saw how to view and configure overall server settings. We saw how to view the memory currently being used by the server, as well as how to initiate garbage collection, a thread dump, search engine re-indexing and the clearing of various caches. We learned how to debug parts of the portal by changing log levels and by viewing the various properties defined in the portal. We learned how to properly notify users that the portal is about to shut down and how to set up external services like OpenOffice integration.
Lastly, we looked at how to create multiple portal instances on a single installation of Liferay and we showed how to view currently installed plugins. We hope this information helps you become an effective Liferay Portal Administrator.