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    Default Network personal cloud servers

    Has anyone installed one of the "Cloud" servers such as the WD MyCloud or Buffalo Linkstation or Lenovo ix4?

    I have 1 desktop running openSuse, 2 laptops running openSuse, 1 laptop running Windows 7, a printer and an assortment of wireless devices such as our iPhones and a Blueray player for NetFlix and the like.

    Can the setup and administration of these devices be accomplished through a web browser interface? All the documentation mentions downloading software and references Windows or Mac. I called WD tech support and all they would say is that it supports Linux.

    Can the drives be mounted on my system? I assume they can be mapped to my wife's Windows laptop.

    Does the device have any file locking capabilities?

    I guess I'm asking if this is the device I'm looking for?

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    Default Re: Network personal cloud servers

    Although most people I know would probably prefer SSH (possibly passing X for a graphic display) when remoting into an openSUSE, you can also run WebYast
    http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:WebYaST

    Can the drives be mounted on my system? I assume they can be mapped to my wife's Windows laptop.
    Almost certainly. But depends on details.

    Does the device have any file locking capabilities?
    In general, *NIX by default doesn't lock files. But, it is an option and your storage Vendor might run a gateway app that does lock files. So, YMMV.

    I guess I'm asking if this is the device I'm looking for?
    Could be. Devil's in the details. Details of exactly what the Vendor sets up and what type of access you want.

    IMO,
    TSU

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I thinking the Western Dig product would be pretty nice, but before investing that amount, I want more answers. I guess I'll get back on the phone and pester until I get the info I need. Then decide.

    I'll put this post on hold for a while and get back to it when I have some answers and can either tell the forum that it works, or ask for more information here.

    Bart

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    Default Re: Network personal cloud servers

    Hi
    Why not build your own system and run owncloud?
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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    Default Re: Network personal cloud servers

    I contacted WD again and was not able to get the answers I wanted so, I have decided against purchasing the cloud server.

    My router has a built in samba server and I have simply added a USB drive to it, and configured my computers to address it.

    Don't know exactly how secure it is, but I'll not put anything critical on that drive as I do want access from outside my home network.

    Thanks TSU and Malcolmlewis for your replies.

    Bart

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