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One-Click ownCloud

Published on: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm EST

This article contains information about the ownCloud application that can be deployed on Vultr.

App Details

ownCloud runs on the CentOS 6 x64 operating system. You can log into this system with an SSH client using the root login found on your Vultr control panel.

Initially, you will need to access https://[SERVER_IP]/ in your web-browser. Substitute the [SERVER_IP] with the IP address of your VPS. Your ownCloud credentials are available in the Vultr control panel. Upon logging into ownCloud, your ownCloud application will be setup and ready for use. See SSL Warning below if you are concerned about the initial SSL warning.

SQL Database

There is a MySQL database server running on the VPS. This is used by ownCloud. You can connect to the database by executing the following:

mysql -u root

The MySQL root password is saved on the VPS in /root/.my.cnf.

Backup Script

The Vultr team has provided a backup script for convenience. This is located in the /root/ folder. You can run this file by logging in as root and executing sh A backup of the ownCloud configuration, database, and uploaded files will exist in the /root/ folder. Ensure that you have enough space on your VPS to duplicate all of your files before running it.

SSL Warning

When you first access https://[SERVER_IP]/, you will see an SSL working. Don't panic - this is normal. When you access ownCloud, you log in with your password. To ensure that your password is transmitted securely from your computer to your ownCloud application, secure-sockets (SSL) are used. The SSL warning shows because Vultr setup your application with a self-signed certificate. Modern web browsers don't trust self-signed certificates by default, which is why you see the warning. Simply tell your web browser to trust the self-signed certificate, and it will navigate you to the ownCloud login screen.

SSL warning in Chrome:

SSL warning in Firefox:

ownCloud login screen:

If you want to remove the SSL warning entirely, then you will need your own domain and a certificate from a certificate authority. The process of registering a domain name and obtaining an SSL certificate is outside of the scope of this article. However, once you have an SSL certificate, you can integrate it with this app by doing the following:

  1. Point the DNS "A record" of your website to your [SERVER_IP].
  2. Login to your ownCloud app with SSH.
  3. Upload the certificate and private key files to /etc/nginx/ssl/server.crt and /etc/nginx/ssl/server.key.
  4. Run the command service php-fpm restart && service nginx restart.

Upgrading from 7.0 to 8.0

If your Vultr ownCloud app is running ownCloud 7, it is not recommended to upgrade to 8.0 with the update center, as there are known issues with the ownCloud updater. If you have already started the 8.0 update process, here are some commands that will help resolve upgrade issues.

# (login as root)

# First run this
yum -y install redis
service php-fpm restart

# After upgrade completes - if you see a blank page.
cd /var/www/owncloud
mv apps/calendar/ apps/calendar7
mv apps/contacts/ apps/contacts7

# Review the admin page for any other errors
# https://[SERVER_IP]/index.php/settings/admin

About Vultr Applications

Vultr applications use modern releases of software packages. Applications are configured to be deployed with specific versions of software. Over time, the Vultr team will update the application offerings to include newer operating systems, package versions, etc. This document only provides up-to-date information about the latest version of this application. Vultr applications are updated without notice. If you plan to build a project or infrastructure based on our application templates, we recommend taking a snapshot of the application used in your initial deployment.

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