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#1 John



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 06:31 PM

Ever been searching for an online backup solution and you realised that it's too expensive? This guide shows you how to create an online backup solution yourself relatively cheap! 


If you are like me and it's important that you have an (online) backup, but you also want to be able to access the files on any device, then read this guide because it will show you how I've done it. 


Online services like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc are free to use but have limited storage available. Also don't forget about your privacy, the NSA for example can access those files. 


I've decided to rent a server from Hetzner (EX40) and use it for different functions. I have full access to the server, so I can do what I want with it for 49,- EUR per month which is a sweet price for an Intel® Core™ i7-4770, 32 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 x 2 TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 rpm and 20 TB bandwidth per month. I placed the 2 TB HDD's in RAID 1, so I've got 2 TB of storage which is enough for me. 


The server is installed with CentOS 6.4. I am running Cacti on it to monitor my servers (located elsewhere) . But now I'm going to install OwnCloud on it! 


Installing OwnCloud on your server is pretty simple, check out this page


I'm running CentOS so: 

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/CentOS_CentOS-6/isv:ownCloud:community.repo
yum install owncloud

Because I was already running httpd I needed to restart httpd: 

service httpd restart

Now browse to http://your.ip/owncloud and follow the instructions to create a new admin user. 


Voila! You can tweak it and start syncing with the sync clients or mobile apps!

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