Servers for networks own cloud ... always on?

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Servers for networks own cloud ... always on?

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Do I have to have a computer I always keep running in order to have a server, say in Samba, NFS, Own Cloud and similar networky setups?

I know ... this is the newbiest of newbie questions. Please be kind.

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Re: Servers, networks, own cloud, oh my!

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cecilieaux wrote:Do I have to have a computer I always keep running in order to have a server, say in Samba, NFS, Own Cloud and similar networky setups?

I know ... this is the newbiest of newbie questions. Please be kind.

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What is your intent for this server :?:

If it's just for intranet access then turn it off and on at will.

If you're running a web service or require 24/7 internet access then you might be better served with a hosting service like http://www.inmotionhosting.com/
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WharfRat wrote:What is your intent for this server? If it's just for intranet access then turn it off and on at will.
Yeah, just an home LAN of sorts.

What about with Network Attached Storage or OwnCloud? Do these require me to have an always-on server of NAS unit? I hate the waste of electricity.
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Owncloud has a sync client (that runs on the client computers). If setup to sync a given client folder with a folder on the server, the sync will occur when the server is up, otherwise it will wait.
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Hi,

have just posted this viewtopic.php?f=90&t=229494 regarding setting up a backup over internet.

Interested in the comment about OwnCloud.... is this simpler/cheaper/better than rsync with crontab?

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Hi,
rsync (over ssh) is a good syncing/backup approach and, for that purpose alone, it's better and faster.

The Owncloud model reaches beyond backup/syncing, providing an interface for file sharing. It also has the usual features of a cloud file interface in a browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) such as: click-to-view photos and documents, user account management, file sharing settings, handy stuff like a calendar, etc. It's rock bottom cheap (free like beer and opensource). It cooperates well in a mixed-platform ecosystem (Windows, Apple, Android, essentially anyone with a browser can use it). Syncing with the Owncloud-client is hand's free. Bulk downloading from the browser interface sucks a bit.

It is not nearly as simple as rsync to setup and configure properly and certain system updates need to be performed surgically or owncloud breaks.

Give it a look in a VM.
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