What is OwnCloud? Its essentially a piece of file hosting software.
Similar in concept to Dropbox. It offers a multitude of ways to connect
with other services such Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc. Its currently written
in PHP, so it should not be exposed directly on the internet. Place it behind
a VPN, or make it internal access only. It also offers desktop and mobile
clients that do a moderately decent job of syncing/replicating files between
What is FreeNAS and why is it useful? FreeNAS is a storage appliance
that is based on FreeBSD. It offers numerous plugins, including OwnCloud,
which provide near-push-button setup of various software pkgs. I use it for
many things including OwnCloud, SMB/AFP sharing, NFS, and iSCSI.
Have a FreeNAS server installed (for this article, it is assumed you are
installing OwnCloud as a FreeNAS plugin). I’m currently using FreeNAS
Not much here. Click the ‘install’ button for the plugin.
When the plugin is installed, you need to choose a place to store your data. I
created a directory called ‘OwnCloud’ and and then mounted it on /media inside
the plugin (use the web interface for the plugin jail). Now all your files
will be stored outside the plugin (handy if you decided to get rid of the
plugin, or if there are software issues down the road and you need to wipe out
the plugin and start over).
Things you may need to do
Depending on what you’re doing, you may need to alter the
Trust Domains. I added an entry to the array for the
fqdn of the host. Then things worked as expected (with out this, connecting
by domain name will silently fail).
Point your browser at the download page for OwnCloud.
After you run the installer, you should be presented with a window that looks
similar to what is below. Follow your way through to setup your sync
Note: If you want to have multiple folder syncs to the same server, you can
do so. For example, I sync my Downloads and Documents directories.
I’m currently using this to sync a total of around 12G between my desktop and
laptop. It works over VPN (remember, don’t expose your PHP on the internet)
Note: It doesn’t handle links of any kind, so you have to handle those
yourself. I haven’t found it to be much of a problem. The one directory I have
that uses them, I just did a quick rsync after OwnCloud was done and I’m done.
Footnotes and References
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