The latest network routers, software, management tools and information for enterprise IT administrators. When I last reviewed ownCloud Enterprise Edition, I was very impressed with the product's capabilities and overall design. The first thing I should mention is that the company has made it easier than ever to try out the product. Perhaps the most striking enhancement offered in this latest iteration of ownCloud is its improved interface design for both users and administrators.
With that interface redesign in mind, ownCloud has also created elements that make it simpler to control and identify content. The preview dialog box offers thumbnails of the file contents, making it much easier to identify the file.
An integrated PDF viewer eliminates the need to use external PDF products to view stored content, while public APIs are now available, allowing developers to integrate applications of their own design.With add-on applications in mind, ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition features an application store, where administrators can automate the installation of 3rd party applications from a constantly growing list. File Firewall: To address enterprise cloud security, DLP, and compliance requirements, ownCloud incorporates a File Firewall, which gives administrators the ability to define rules for connections to the ownCloud server. Example Files: Administrators can now load user accounts with helpful files such as employee handbooks, holiday schedules, and user guides to facilitate the onboarding of new users. Default folders: OwnCloud administrators can now create pre-configured folder structures, providing a standard for how users organize and interact with ownCloud from the outset. Jive Collaboration: Jive, an enterprise social collaboration solution, can be configured as a data storage location for ownCloud, which means files saved in Jive are automatically synchronized and appear in folders within ownCloud. All things considered, the latest iteration of ownCloud delivers a feature set that should be the envy of any cloud-based file sharing and collaboration service, while providing enterprises with the security features and absolute control over access needed today. Frank is an award-winning technology journalist, professional speaker and IT business consultant with over 25 years of experience in the technology arena. We are all aware that storing data in the cloud has its own advantages, making our data available everywhere we go. We’ve all used, or at least heard of, services like Dropbox, Ubuntu One and Box, which allow us to store and sync our data in the cloud. The advantages of having ownCloud on your own server, instead of using services like Dropbox, is that you’ll have more of a say about what you can store, and how much you can store.
With the ownCloud application in active development, quite a few new features are available in the latest stable version. Installing ownCloud involves either getting it from your distribution’s repository, or downloading it from from the project website and installing it manually, along with dependencies. For our discussion, we’ll be installing ownCloud 3, to get a taste of all those new features.
Basically, ownCloud supports mySQL or SQLite as the backend database, so keep that in mind while installing the packages and database. Alternatively, if you want to upgrade from ownCloud version 2 to 3, you simply have to replace all files, except the custom configuration and your data.
The Web interface (Figure 2) is rather simple, with a list of files in the centre, and tabs to various applications like the file browser, music player, calendar, contacts, gallery, etc, at the left. Clicking each file either allows you to download it, or opens it in the text editor if it is a simple text file.
The text editor (Figure 8) is quite well developed, and has features like syntax highlighting and code folding.
The calendar and contacts applications (Figures 4 and 5) are very impressive, with both providing calDAV and cardDAV synchronisation for applications like Thunderbird, Evolution, etc. The latest feature in ownCloud 3 is the photo gallery application (Figure 6), which includes automatic album creation and album covers. An irritation with the ownCloud Web interface is that, by default, it does not allow for files greater than 2 MB to be uploaded to the server. These details will usually be available from the personal section under the Settings menu in the Web interface. Alternatively, you can try setting up webDAV with the help of the davfs package, as described on the project documentation. Using ownCloud is an altogether different experience, compared to other services like Dropbox. Overall, the software has a good feel to it, and is in active development, though the current release does have a few bugs here and there. The author is a geek with a crush on Java, and also loves flirting with almost all other stuff related to Web technologies. Great review, and yes we are working on the bugs as we are working on the first commercial implementations now! First of all I am positively impressed by the release of the last Nokia Tablet, the Lumia 2520, as well as by the release of the Microsoft Surface 2. My piece of advice here: forget the Start button and move to the Metro interface as fast as you can. For the moment the only negative point I have found in Windows 8.1 is that background apps temporarily stops until they are brought back to foreground.
The idea behind Owncloud is pretty cool: to give users the possibility to have (and therefore own and manage) their on-premise Cloud server.
Concerning Skydrive, I have been tempted by the nice interface of this Public Cloud solution and decided to give a try to the Pro version.
So, even if this idea of storing files in the Cloud looks good, I will wait for a friendly, generous (in terms of gigabytes and services) and solid solution, be it on-premise or off-premise, before I change the way I store my data. And if I am not yet completely ready for the Cloud, I am years away from having my washing machine or my fridge connected to the Internet of Things, nor I can imagine my neighbor debugging IPV6 addressing problems on his dishwasher. With Powershell (like with VB before), there is in the community the annual habit of organizing some sort of Scripting Games to determine who's the best scripter around. Skydrive, forget that name: Microsoft has lost the right to use this name since Sky users couldn't tell the difference.
Powershell, a name that Logitech has picked without realizing that Microsoft had grasped it before for its administration language. YouTube: Microsoft wants a YouTube app on its phones, but Google (which, according to Amazon, is having a solid success with its new Chromebooks) is doing everything it can to block it.
In 2014 I will keep an eye on the evolution of server virtualization market since it is one of the most interesting from my point of view.


I want to end this post suggesting all of my readers to start 2014 with the buy (if they haven't yet) of a Solid State Drive (SSD), since there is no better time of the year to treat yourself to a new bit of kit that will speed up your configuration. Let me know if you agree with all the things I have written and feel free to suggest the things that made your 2013 and the things that you expect from 2014. OwnCloud’s latest update brings file sync and share to the enterprise without the need for an external host. Those elements help extend ownCloud beyond the corporate DMZ and offer cloud-based file sync and share services to external or mobile users, in effect allowing those hosting an internal ownCloud solution to transform that solution into a true cloud services offering. Once that is accomplished, everything afterward happens via a browser-based management console. Everything you need to do with the product can be done via the browser-based console, which accesses ownCloud 6 via an IP connection to the virtual appliance’s IP address.
The new access paradigm offers a less cluttered interface and offers more space to work with files. Other enhancements include the addition of user avatars,  making easier to identify who accesses what, and the inclusion of an activity stream, which offers a logged activity view.
Users can now apply themes to change the look and feel of  ownCloud instances, further integrating the product into an existing web site.
Rules can prevent access if not met, such as preventing a connection during certain times of the day or from particular locations or even if the company VPN is not detected. That capability makes it simpler for administrators to define a standard set of content for users. Standard folder structures can significantly improve help desk productivity and end user satisfaction.
But storing our personal data on someone else’s server might lead to concerns about privacy. This usually involves uploading our data to their servers (and purchasing more space, if we need to).
You can deploy ownCloud on your own server on a LAMP stack, or buy some cheap Web space and store your files. You can now also install third-party applications for extended functionality within the Web application.
The version available in the repositories is likely to be very old, so I suggest you try installing it yourself.
You will be asked (Figure 1) to set up your admin username and password, and you’re done! As for version 1, unfortunately there is no way to upgrade from it, and you will have to do a fresh installation from scratch.
At the bottom left corner is the Settings button, which reveals further options when clicked (Figure 7).
There are also various sharing options, allowing you to share files among users and user groups. We can even read PDFs with the help of the integrated PDF viewer, which does not require any plugins to be installed on the client system (thanks to pdf-js). The calendar application also allows for recurring events and all-day events like birthdays, etc. This is an open standard that works with almost any platform, including Linux, Windows, Mac and even mobile platforms like Android, etc.
A major bug that I stumbled on was that webDAV reports incorrect information related to the free space left on the server, and that we are able to upload files, ignoring the warning. We can use Banshee to stream music with the help of the banshee-extension-ampache package, which needs to be installed separately. I must say no other service will ever provide such a wide array of features like music streaming, online editing, photo galleries, etc. I just installed owncloud in my personal local server and it works great, but still some issues about playing mp3 files ! It's been a good year for innovation on all fronts with a lot of interesting products, services and releases of my favorite applications, so I want to write a post to talk about the IT things that have attracted my attention during these last 12 months.
This OS is really powerful, modern, colorful and, despite all you might have heard, much better than good old Windows 7. Unfortunately the community behind Owncloud is quite small, and most of the expert users are oriented toward installing the engine on Linux and can't help newcomers to install it in a Windows environment. Both are brilliant but, apart from the well-known privacy problems everybody is aware of, I find the amount of free allowed storage really small in our technology era where data get deduplicated on hosting servers (7GB for Skydrive is way too limited and not everyone is willing to buy a Windows Phone for getting 20GB more).
I set up a full grown SharePoint 2013 environment sitting on the new Windows 2012 R2 operating system, and activated the Skydrive Pro replica between my folders and this on-premise cloud. I will let the big competitors in this field (read Microsoft, Amazon, Google and a few others) fight for the win and eventually choose the most valid Cloud Storage solution. So, despite what has been said, there are other buzzwords in my head for the moment and Internet of Things is not on my list at the end of 2013, even do I must say I have been fairly impressed by the Italian Arduino micro-controller that allows you to create objects that can really interact with their environment through different triggers and signals. I don't want to rewrite a history of Powershell (I already did this), but just mention that this language is quickly becoming the de-jure standard for Windows system administration and the de-facto standard for third-party application management (VMWare, NetAPP, HP, just to mention a few). Starting January 2014, the Winter Scripting Games will be a team event and for sure this will add to the fun of the competition. Well, there are many other interesting fights on the way, which is important to be aware of and that will determine the future of IT.
2014 will be a year of tremendous change for both, since the market dynamics are shifting and new markets have started to grow at high speed.
I won't make any prediction since I am not an analyst, but one thing is sure: Microsoft and VMWare will continue their battle and IT pros will benefit from the competition. They are still expensive, but the technology behind is improving fast (Samsung has been able to produce a 1TB SSD, the Samsung 840 EVO, using an astonishing 19nm process) and sooner or later prices will drop. And with this latest release, ownCloud has made some significant enhancements that should quell the protests of any ownCloud 5 Enterprise Edition evaluators.
That said, I would like to have seen a native management console that could be run directly on the virtual appliance and that would allow me to monitor the status of the appliance and execute some configuration scripts and reports.
In practice, I found the improved interface much easier to navigate, and I was able to find the content I had access to much easier. The conflict handling mechanism gives users the choice of what to do with duplicate file saves or duplicate file names and prevents content from being overwritten accidentally.


In cases of accidental deletion of content, a new undelete function allows users to recover files that would otherwise have been lost forever.
Task list and calendars, available as integrated applications, are now easier to use, share and manage.
The product also now handles images a lot better with a galleries feature, which allows users to create image galleries based upon custom sorts, defined directories and additional share controls. Rules can also be defined to ensure that files cannot be synced to computers beyond the firewall or to mobile devices.
Ohlhorst was also the Executive Technology Editor for Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and formerly the director of the CRN Test Center.
Check out the recently released ownCloud 3, which lets you host your data on your own server. It also comes with advantages like availability of our data from anywhere, and the ability to live-stream our media files when needed. Overall, when you compare this to the older versions, you’ll see that the team has put in a lot of hard work.
However, if you’re using MySQL for the database, you will also need to enter those details (database username, password etc). The music player (Figure 3) allows you to stream music that has been uploaded to the ownCloud server. An annoying feature, though, is that an album and thumbnails in the gallery remain there even if the associated files have been deleted from the server. It does seem like a very good choice if you want to get a taste of the cloud, and set up media streaming within your own local intranet, or on a Web server, without any storage restrictions.
The Nokia Lumia 2520, featuring a Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 10.1" display, impresses me for its refreshing design and its cool colors.
Don't worry about the Windows App Store, because it will for sure grow up in size to match those by Google and Apple, and all major Apps are already there: TripAdvisor, Facebook, NetFlix, Twitter, Skype, Shazam, Tunein Radio, or the brilliant new Microsoft RDP (kudos for this from every Windows IT guy out there). I have explored many ways to storing my data into a Cloud solutions and have been deceived most of the times for now.
Also, each update is risky and if you have large amounts of data stored in the database, the performance decreases. It looks like Arduino (which was invented in 2005) is rapidly becoming the building block at the heart of the Internet of Things, as its low-power processor is easy to program while its range of controller pins makes it easy to connect to the outside world.
I heatedly suggest everybody reading this post to quickly join a team and find teammates to learn this wonderful language and compare with other Windows admins from all around the world. Intel has started backing Bay Trail and Haswell-based systems across multiple OS and at price points that compete against ARM-powered Android tablets. And this high frequency is also true for its hypervisor: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 has in the end attained parity with VMWare in hypervisor functionality and is today ahead in Cloud offerings. According to VMWare, SSO is the first step toward true unification of VMware's various software components, but the truth is that they bought so many third-party applications that were difficult to integrate and needed some sort of mechanism to keep them all bound together. It's a new way of thinking (and improving) the interactions (in terms of workflow and feedback from early stage to Prod) between software developers on one side and the operation on the other side.
The company has just released a significant upgrade to its ownCloud Enterprise Edition platform, now called ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition, a software solution that offers cloud-like file sync and share services, all without the need for external cloud service providers or the cloud security risks they pose. The File Firewall offers extensive granularity and can define rules for most any connectivity circumstance. But what if I tell you there is a cheaper and more privacy-oriented solution available, which offers similar features, and is also open source?
If it’s only local intranet access that you want for sharing your files, look no further, because this is an ideal solution for that purpose. It can play MP3 files, and show you basic tag information stored in the ID3 tags — no fancy features here.
There is also an option to install third-party applications from the Apps tab under the Settings menu. Type in details like the server location, files, username, password, etc, and you’re good to go. One of the ways this is accomplished is by suspending any application that's not currently on the show. I started testing the solution of a rapidly growing German start-up, named Owncloud, and have been deceived by the number of bugs which make this application unsafe for storing data. Last not so good point, there is an app for Android smartphones, but it does an average job of sync with files, and does not sync the calendar at all, which is one of the basic features I would expect from their solution. And next year Intel will push this strategy further, offering multiple Broadwell families, and in particular the Broadwell-Y, which should compete with chips from ARM both on performance and on TDP. When you replace an app on the screen, that app is maintained in RAM but it is no longer processed. This allows the user to maintain a large number of apps without degrading performance or reducing the oh-so-important battery life. Today, while VMWare continues to dominate the market, I start to feel like I want to move more and more to the Microsoft solution, because it is cheaper, at least for the Full edition, and this is the one that I need, and because Microsoft offers the possibility to Hyper-V users to run their VM in the Windows Azure Cloud, extending the Private Cloud concept to make it Hybrid (and interesting I daresay).
The downside to this life-cycle is that when your app isn't on the screen, it's no longer running. In addition Microsoft has understood that most people are well used to working with VMWare ESX and is giving away free Hyper-V and System Center training in order to change the market dynamics.
I find this particularly disturbing when listening to YouTube videos that suddenly stop when I move them to the background. At the same time Microsoft is providing the opportunity for a free Virtualization Certification when you request a free voucher for exam 74-409.
The only workaround I have found for the moment, is to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode (Windows Key + R, and type iexplore). This actually works, but feel free to suggest in the comments any other workaround that worked for you.



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