ownCloud External Storage

Windows Network Drive Integration

Integrate your file server (Windows Network Drive, SMB or Samba) into ownCloud without a VPN

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Swiftly connect ownCloud and your file server

Let remote workers sync files from your organization’s file server without a VPN. Share files on your file server ad-hoc with external contacts. It is easy when leveraging ownCloud as the file access platform for your existing storage, whether WND, SMB or Samba.

A lot of organizations operate a complex, organically grown IT infrastructure. When modernizing, they all face the same question: What to do with those legacy data silos? With ownCloud Enterprise, organizations can just integrate legacy silos like Windows Network Drives as external storage.

The WND App enables administrators to attach existing network drives to ownCloud and assign specific network drives to groups or users. To determine permissions, ownCloud can either use file attributes (e.g. read-only and hidden) or the Windows Network Drive ACLs in connection with the LDAP user and group permissions.

To check integrated shares for changes, the ownCloud Enterprise WND App includes a listener. It marks changed files, and a background job updates the file metadata. The WND App then actively sends notifications to ownCloud about changes, deletions and new Files in its integrated network shares so synced files are always up-to-date.

Windows Network Drive Integration Illustration

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