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How to Install ownCloud on Cloud VPS

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You can install an impressive number of software applications onto your Hostwinds Cloud VPS with the click of a button.  If you ever wanted to have your own file storage and sharing service, we encourage you to look into ownCloud, which you can install on your Cloud Servers.

What is ownCloud?

ownCloud is a file storage and sharing service, which allows you to host your own server to store files, folder, and media, as well as the ability to allow those files to be accessible with public links for other people to view.

This guide will explain how to both create a new server with ownCloud, as well as how to reinstall a pre-existing server to have ownCloud using the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.

Creating a New ownCloud Server

Just follow these steps to create a new ownCloud VPS:

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal

Cloud Control Cloud Portal Location Image

Step 3: Click on the Create button and select Servers from the drop down menu

Step 4: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications menu item

Applications Options

Step 5: Click on ownCloud option from the list of available applications

The ownCloud option in the server templates

Step 6: Select your server resources, location, and billing cycle, and select Create Server at the very bottom

Your server will not be activated until the pending invoice has been completed.

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete the initial installation.

Step 7: Go to your ownCloud server URL at http://YOUR-SERVER-IP-ADDRESS/owncloud

The ownCloud login portal

Step 8: You will be prompted to create your admin user and password.  Make sure to use a password you can remember!

If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt

Reinstall ownCloud On a Pre-Existing VPS / Cloud Server

The following steps will let you reinstall your current VPS with ownCloud installed.

Please note that this will erase and destroy and data on the server to reinstall it. We highly suggest that you take a snapshot backup if you need to restore your server from a backup prior to proceeding with this guide.

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal

Cloud Control Cloud Portal Location Image

Step 3: Click on the Server you wish to reinstall

Selecting server

Step 4: Click on the Actions button, and then select Reinstall from the drop down menu

Instance Reinstall Location Image

Step 5: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications tab.

Applications Options

Step 6: Click on ownCloud icon from the list of applications

The ownCloud option in the server templates

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete the initial installation.

Step 8: Go to your ownCloud server URL at http://YOUR-SERVER-IP-ADDRESS/owncloud

The ownCloud login portal

Step 9: You will be prompted to create your admin user and password.  Make sure to use a password you can remember!

If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt

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