Connecting ownCloud to DreamObjects

Overview

ownCloud is a free and open source file hosting application that provides universal file access, synchronization, and sharing of your data (using a single interface), regardless of where the data is located. You can access, sync, and share nearly anything such as contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and backups inside ownCloud via the web, your computer, or mobile devices.

Since version 6.0, ownCloud allows you to use DreamObjects as an external storage option, which gives you total freedom and control over your data.

This guide describes how to set up ownCloud to connect to DreamHost’s DreamObjects cloud storage service.

How to configure ownCloud to work with DreamObjects

Before you can begin using ownCloud with DreamObjects, you must install ownCloud on your DreamHost server by following this step-by-step guide.

You also must enable DreamObjects on your DreamHost account. If you haven’t enabled DreamObjects nor created the required keys and buckets, please review the following articles:

Configuring ownCloud

After you install ownCloud, you can configure it to sync with your DreamObjects buckets.

To Configure:

  1. Open ownCloud.
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  2. Log into your ownCloud installation using your ownCloud administrator username and password.
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  3. On the top left, click the 2019-10_ownCloud_02.1.fw.png icon and then select 'Market'.
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  4. On the Market page, select 'Storage' from the left sidebar menu.
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  5. Look for the 'External Storage: S3' option on the following page and click it.
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  6. Scroll down and click the Install button.
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  7. On the top right, click your username and then select 'Settings'.
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  8. On the Settings page, make the following selections:
    • In the left pane, select 'Storage'.
    • Check the box titled 'Enable external storage' to connect to DreamObjects.
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  9. Click the dropdown titled 'Add storage' and select 'Amazon S3'.
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  10. Configure your storage settings within the following setup sections:
    • Folder name
    • Configuration
    • Available for

    Folder name

    • Under 'Folder name', enter the name for your ownCloud folder. This will be the folder name in which you store your data and can be named anything you’d like.

    Configuration

    • Bucket name — The name of your DreamObjects bucket.

    Your bucket name cannot contain an underscore as ownCloud will fail to connect.

    • Hostname — objects-us-east-1.dream.io
    • Port — Leave blank.
    • Region — us-east-1
    • Enable SSL — Check this box.
    • Enable Path Style — Check this box.
    • Access key — Your DreamObjects Access key.
    • Secret key — Your DreamObjects Secret key.

    Available for

    • If you have multiple users of your ownCloud installation, you can limit who has access to the folder by typing users or groups in the 'Available for' box to the right of the configuration information.

If you've entered everything correctly, a green circle appears to the left of your folder name.

View your folder and objects

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To see your files, Click 'Settings' on the top left, then click 'Files'.

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In the center pane, you'll see the name of the folder you created. Anything you keep, upload, or create there is stored in DreamObjects. Deleting an object inside ownCloud removes the object from DreamObjects.

If you wish to connect additional buckets, simply create a new folder and connect this bucket to the folder via the ‘Admin > External Storage’ section of the ownCloud panel. You can connect as many buckets as you like with ownCloud.

Uploading large files inside ownCloud to DreamObjects

If you plan to upload large files to DreamObjects using ownCloud, you’ll need to be aware of some limitations and make some configuration changes since uploading large files can be very memory intensive.

A VPS with at least 1GB of memory is recommended, and required for extremely large file sizes. DreamObjects’ objects are limited to 10TBs in size, but must be uploaded in 5GB chunks. ownCloud does not support multi-part file uploads so you are limited to 5GB file uploads via ownCloud.

ownCloud uses an .htaccess file located in the ownCloud folder on the server to set the following custom PHP parameters:

php_value upload_max_filesize 513M
php_value post_max_size 513M
php_value memory_limit 512M
php_value mbstring.func_overload 0
php_value always_populate_raw_post_data -1

If you intend to upload files larger than 513M, it’s suggested that the domain is configured to use the latest PHP version. You’ll also need to create custom PHP settings to set the desired upload size, execution time, and increased PHP memory usage.

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