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Alfresco Share Online Editing

I've run into a small problem with Alfresco Share. I have the SharePoint protocol configured, but when I click on "Edit Online" for a Microsoft Office document, the file opens as an embedded object in an IE window, instead of opening Word or Excel directly. The problem with this is, that I can't save the document when it's opened like this, the option is grayed out in the file menu. If I select "Save As..." and save the file with the same name to the SharePoint server, the file is saved. Or, in IE8, if I select "Edit this file in Microsoft Office Word" from the file menu, I can break out of the IE window, and Word will save the file correctly.

Am I missing something, or is this just how online editing works for MS Office documents?

Re: Alfresco Share Online Editing

See if this KB article helps: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/870853/en-us

Thanks,
Mike

Re: Alfresco Share Online Editing

I saw a reference to that KB article and had already made the registry modification. It certainly seems like that is the issue, but even after making the mod and rebooting the workstation, the problem persists.

I'm still getting familiar with all the pieces of Alfresco, so I'm not even sure where to look to begin troubleshooting this.

Re: Alfresco Share Online Editing

OK, I've done a little more digging. I'm certain that the registry modification listed in the KB article is in place and correct. I've verified that if I embed a link from a file in the Alfresco document library into a Word document, that it opens read-only without the reg mod, and opens read-write with the reg mod.

Either way, I still can't save the document when I click on "Edit online" in an Alfresco Share document. Another issue that might be related is that I get prompted twice for passwords to the Alfresco server before the document will open. I am using NTLM passthru, and thought I finally had it working correctly, and I see no error messages in the catalina.out file as the server starts up.

Re: Alfresco Share Online Editing

That double-prompt is an Office / SharePoint / WebDav issue - you get the same behaviour with "native" SharePoint. However, one of them should be cached (it's asking for the server type) so it should just ask you once next time.

I don't know what else to suggest unfortunately. Anyone else..:?:

Mike

Re: Alfresco Share Online Editing

OK, I beat my head against the wall so hard that I had a lucid moment.

It's not an Alfresco issue at all, except that it's some obscure setting deep in the bowels of windows that never rears it's ugly head unless you're trying to do something as inconceivable as build an application that functions just like sharepoint but isn't sharepoint. :D

Anyhow, the KB article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/162059 explains the details, and fixed my problem. Maybe a link to this KB article should go along with the one mentioned above in the Wiki.