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Howto: Use ownCloud

ownCloud is AISB's own cloud-based file storage system. It doesn't give you as much storage as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, but it is significantly faster. We ask that students use ownCloud to store and share files, as it saves the school's bandwidth, leaving more for everyone to share. You can install a sync client on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer so that your files are automatically backed up to ownCloud, and you can also use the ownCloud apps for Android and iOS.

Accessing ownCloud via the web

1. Visit in your web browser.

2. Log in with your HippoID

3. You will be able to see your files and upload or download them:

A - Click on New to create a new folder
B - Click on the arrow button to upload a file. Note: you cannot upload entire folders; you need to select the files inside of the folder to upload.
C - Click on Download if you want to download a file or folder to your computer. You won't see this unless you hover your mouse over the row.

You can also click on the Share button to share a folder with someone else at AISB or get a publicly-accessible http:// link to the file or folder.

Using the ownCloud sync client for Mac and Windows

1. Download the ownCloud sync client here.

2. Install the client and open it. When you install (on Windows) or run it for the first time (on Mac), it will ask you to configure it.

3. Enter your ownCloud server URL, which is

4. On the next screen enter your ownCloud login and password. You should enter your HippoID credentials.

5. Now you can select which folders and files to sync, and the location of your local ownCloud folder.

6. In the next screen you may click to open ownCloud in a Web browser, or open your local ownCloud folder.

The ownCloud Desktop Client remains in the background and is visible as an icon in the system tray (Windows, KDE), status bar (Mac OS X), or notification area (Linux).

 The status indicator uses overlay icons to indicate the current status of your synchronization. The green circle with the white checkmark tells you that your synchronization is current and you are connected to your ownCloud server.

 The blue icon with the white semi-circles means synchronization is in progress.

 The yellow overlay icon with the parallel lines tells you your synchronization has been paused. (Most likely by you, by opening the client and clicking Account > Pause.)

 The gray icon with three white dots means your sync client has lost its connection with your ownCloud server.

 The red circle with the white “x” indicates a configuration error, such as an incorrect login or server URL.

Instructions taken from:
Jacob, Florian. "Installing the Desktop Synchronization Client — Documentation." OwnCloud Client Manual., 2015. Web. 21 May 2015.
Jacob, Florian. "Using the Synchronization Client — Documentation." OwnCloud Client Manual., 2015. Web. 21 May 2015.

Written & Edited by mkelsey


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