Post by Lew Wolfgang Post by Vojtěch Zeisek Post by Lew Wolfgang
ownCloud looks interesting, but I don't think it's appropriate for this
Post by Lew Wolfgang
requirement. I need something that's locally hosted and that will
back up without the Windows users having to do anything. They
can't be trusted to do anything right, after all!:-) I can't establish
a web server either, (don't ask) and so users would request file
retrieval when needed.
I'm not sure if I understand correctly. OwnCloud has a very easy and
capable desktop syncing client for any system and it just runs in the
background. The files can be accessed using Windows network drive. I
don't know if ownCloud can run without web server, but I think this is
the only problem. Otherwise I think it'd meet Your requirements.
Or launch FTP server and use some Windows client running in background and
just sending changes... What else do You need?:-)
The OwnCloud thing requires purchasing their server package if
you need local-only operation. It would be nice to do everything
with open-source software. The server looks expensive and might
be overkill too. Do you have any cost data?
Sorry? Server as well as client are fully open-source and You can install it
on Your own server. The software is even build in OBS. So the price for
software is zero. Everything You need for Your situation is FOSS. Of course,
You can rent it, but it is not the point now. You don't need enterprise
edition. I don't have my own install, I use that provided by Czech Academy of
Science http://www.cesnet.cz/services/owncloud/?lang=en and as one of admins
from that department told me, they didn't pay, neither. ;-)
Post by Lew Wolfgang
Hm... an ftp server might be something to think about. It would
have to be anonymous with a write-only incoming directory, but
this is easy to set up and is secure to the best of my knowledge.
But the Windows client might be the issue.
It is easy solution, I think. I'm not able to advise the best Windows client,
but there are plenty of them, including with advanced possibilities. I'd
require some testing, probably, but it shouldn't be difficult.
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