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In the previous chapter, we learned how to use the Control Panel for user management. We learned how to manage users, organizations, user group, roles, and password policies. We also learned about user monitoring. In this chapter, we’ll look at portal and server configuration options for Liferay. Now that you have been navigating in the Control Panel, you should be pretty familiar with how it works. The Control Panel is organized in four main areas: Users, Sites, Apps, and Configuration. The options in the Configuration section of the Control Panel category include configuration options which control how the portal operates and integrates with other systems you may have. In this chapter, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Portal settings, such as user authentication options, mail host names, email notifications, identification settings, and display settings

  • Custom fields

  • Server administration options, including options for resources, log levels, properties, CAPTCHA, data migration, file uploads, mail, external services, scripts, and shutdown settings

  • Portal instances

After you have created users, user groups, organizations, roles, sites, and teams your portal will be ready to host content and applications. You can configure Liferay’s portal settings to fit your environment and your particular portal project. It’s easy to adjust configuration settings using the portlet-driven user interface of Liferay’ Control Panel. Let’s start by examining Liferay’s Portal Settings.

Configuring Portal Settings

Most global portal settings can be configured from the Portal Settings section of the Control Panel. The Configuration heading contains the following links: General: lets you configure global...

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Integrating Existing Users into Liferay

Liferay provides a number of user authentication options. You can configure Liferay to connect to LDAP or NTLM servers so users from those environments can log in to your Liferay server. You can...

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Configuring Additional Portal Settings

Go back to the Control Panel, and click on Portal Settings under the Configuration heading. We’ve already looked at the options available from the General and Authentication links. Now let’s...

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Custom Fields

Custom fields appear beneath Portal Settings under the Configuration heading of the Control Panel. Custom fields are a way to add attributes to many types of assets and resources in the portal. For...

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Server Administration

The Server Administration page of the Control Panel lets you perform various tasks related to the portal server itself that aren’t directly related to the resources in the portal. Clicking the link...

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Portal Instances

Liferay Portal allows you to run more than one portal instance on a single server. The Portal Instances section of the Control Panel appears under the Configuration heading. This section lets you...

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Summary

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...

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