Owncloud Windows 7/8 Integration



  • I've had a personal Owncloud installation setup for over a year now and have loved it. It works exactly as advertised and with each new version the interface get faster and more usable. While the web interface is great I have been mounting via webdav on my Linux Mint laptop and my CentOS (with a GUI) VNC server. This is great, the integration with the file system makes it very simple to copy/paste or click and drag files from one desktop to the Owncloud server.

    I have been struggling however to get a similar integration functioning with Windows 7/8. While I have the sync client installed on my Windows 8 desktop, which works flawlessly, on my Windows 7 PC I want to access the files without syncing the entire directory. I've been looking on the forums and most people are saying just use a third-party webdav client. I was hoping I could just do what I did with my Linux desktops and get it to be a mounted drive or network location.

    So my question is two fold.

    Who is using or has used OwnCloud?

    Who has been able to successfully mount their webdav share via Windows file explorer?


  • Service Provider

    NTG uses ownCloud.



  • @scottalanmiller Community or Enterprise?


  • Service Provider

    Community



  • @scottalanmiller What purpose do you use it for? A dropbox/box replacement? Or do you use it to collaborate and share files with clients? Which I guess are things dropbox/box can also do. So I I assume it is a dropbox/box replacement.


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    I have setup ownCloud but have not been using it yet. One of my goals was to do exactly what you just posted about. I will be very interested in seeing if you can get this going.



  • @scottalanmiller What purpose do you use it for? A dropbox/box replacement? Or do you use it to collaborate and share files with clients? Which I guess are things dropbox/box can also do. So I I assume it is a dropbox/box replacement.

    It is a really nice system. It works very well with the Linux computers that I use. Just not so much with the Windows ones.

    One of the recommendations was that I needed to have a public certificate for my server so I got a free one from StartSSL and have been testing with that.


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    @coliver said:

    @scottalanmiller What purpose do you use it for? A dropbox/box replacement? Or do you use it to collaborate and share files with clients? Which I guess are things dropbox/box can also do. So I I assume it is a dropbox/box replacement.

    We do not expose it to clients. We use it as a replacement for traditional fileserver duties primarily.



  • @scottalanmiller How do your users access it usually, via the web browser? Sync client? Mounted webdav share? (this dropping the last character thing is kind of annoying)-


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    @coliver said:

    @scottalanmiller How do your users access it usually, via the web browser? Sync client? Mounted webdav share? (this dropping the last character thing is kind of annoying)-

    Right now, mostly client and sometimes web.


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    Have not used WebDAV on Windows. Would be awesome to have that working, though.



  • @scottalanmiller I'll keep digging into it. What NTG is using it for would be my use case for this company as well. I wonder if Windows 10 has better support for webdav.



  • Alright it looks like the following is the case:
    From here https://forum.owncloud.org/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=21656

    the native windows implementation of WebDAV only use an SSLv2 Hello message, and will only negotiate up to TLSv1.0. If you have disabled TLSv1.0 and only using TLSv1.1+ on your server you will get issues like described above.

    System error 1244 has occurred



  • I'm not sure if I had heard of ownCloud previously but am curious. Searching shows a .ORG and .COM.

    From @scottalanmiller comment, it appears to be .COM - though I see it's an openSource project.

    How would something like this compare to using SharePoint? Or would it sit side by side?



  • @g.jacobse The .com is their enterprise version (although it does also link to the community version. The .org is the community version. It is mostly a dropbox replacement type of program. For the most part you have a client and it syncs files to the server. The nice part is that this is hosted on your own network so no files are being stored in an outside cloud.

    I was thinking of two different use cases.

    1. Replacement for home folders and collaboration folders. Instead of having those CIFS mounted you could have a client sync your home folder back and forth. If this server is available on the WAN or via a VPN it would sync no matter where they were.

    2. FTP replacement, this program would make it much easier to share files with customers. We are currently running into some of the limitations of FTP and I am investigating solutions to resolve that.

    I don't think it is comparable per say to Sharepoint as there is no sites or collaboration suite built into ownCloud.



  • Just wondering, why do you want to replace the CIFS mounts?



  • @Dashrender Not that I want to get rid of the CIFS shares. I just see added functionality when related to things like the web interface and sync client.

    I've had request from a couple of remote people to use something like dropbox, although since I've implemented a VPN those requests are now non-existent.


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    @g.jacobse said:

    I'm not sure if I had heard of ownCloud previously but am curious. Searching shows a .ORG and .COM.

    From @scottalanmiller comment, it appears to be .COM - though I see it's an openSource project.

    How would something like this compare to using SharePoint? Or would it sit side by side?

    ownCloud is open source and available commercially hosted by the oem. They are here in MangoLassi too @kelleybrooks

    It's not SharePoint, that's an application platform. ownCloud is a cloud storage system, a la DropBox or OneDrive.