Ultimate Raspberry Pi Home Server

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Welcome reader.

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First please note: This instructable can be done within a day, but a weekend is certainly recommended.

In this instructable I hope to teach you key skills involved with setting up and configuring a Linux Server. The knowledge used here can be applied to almost all PC architectures so if you don’t own a Pi (Why not dude?) or it’s tied up in another project, any old or unused PC will work. In more detail the main skills taught will be:

  • Burning an ISO image to an SD for the Pi
  • Installing an OS
  • Setting up A web server
  • Setting up An SQL instance
  • Deploying a custom cloud network
  • Managing users for the cloud network
  • Setting up a SAMBA File sharing network, which will integrate into an established windows based home or office network
  • Controlling SAMBA users
  • Establishing a static IP whilst using a non-static IP internet connection
  • Using Webmin Console to install packages
  • Using Command line terminal to install packages
  • Carrying out basic commands such as rebooting (terminal)
  • Editing system files with Nano terminal based editor
  • Permanently mounting hard drives within the Linux file system table via webmin
  • Understanding the principal of the Port forwarding function on a home router
  • Setting up a web interfaced bit torrent manager
  • Being an overall IT nerd.

If you’re interested then carry on reading. If not, give it a try; you may discover a new hobby.

As the above list demonstrates there’s a lot to learn. I definitely feel this is a weekend project. I’ve followed this process several times and it takes a couple of days at least. Its good to take long breaks because your eyes may begin to become strained and you may suddenly become unenthusiastic about the whole thing. This instructable offers functions of many different store purchasable products, such as:

The server we’ll setup will cost far less than each of these services in the long run and only a fraction of the cost of the combined services. Setting up your own server is not only custom and cheap, its very rewarding. I will be a happy guy if somebody benefits from what this instructable contains or become inspired by what I have done. It took ages to plan and write this instructable. If you learn anything at all or feel this instructable is well written or well documented, please vote for me in the Weekend Projects Contest or the I could make that contest.

I would also like to point out that this is not a comprehensive tutorial on designing a server case. There are details of my case on step 3, however this guide is intended to be a comprehensive software tutorial. So if you get stuck or feel a step isn’t too clear, just let me know and i’ll be happy to help.

A few tips: Because this takes more than one day, don’t just fall asleep and forget what you were planing on doing next. Instead have a pile f post-it notes. This way before you ZzZzzzz… you can jot down anything that needs doing during the next session. I had loads. All over the walls, floors, chairs, desks – you name it! Okay slight exaggeration, but on a serious note they do help. I did use a full stack. Another tip would be to follow the steps on order. Don’t just think “Hmm I like the sound of my own cloud network lets do that first!” The steps are in such an order that each before is most likely required for the current, if that makes sense. Just stick to the order, it’ll make life easier. A final tip: don’t be limited to what is taught here. Do Think of this as a base for inspiration. Adding more services such as those listed on the turnkey website is easily done using the search APT function within the Webmin Package manager.

Okay, Confused? Then let’s learn…

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Step 1: Plan

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First things first – Plan. There are many aspects involved with planning, and often when people over plan, they quickly lose interest in the actual task.

So, a brief plan is as follows.Components:

        1 x Raspberry Pi  (B model)

        1 x External USB 2.5′ HDD   (Capacity of your choice, mine is 1TB) 

         1 x Raspberry Pi Case of your choice   (Mine is a cheap £3 laser cut, clear acrylic, self assembly kit from )

  2 x Heat sinks for the processor on the Pi  (Mine were free with the case)

       1 x Ethernet Cable 

   1 x USB cable for the hard drive 

       1 x SD Card  (8GB or above strongly recommended. Also ensure you copy everything off the card as all data will be deleted.)

       Relevant power supplies for the Pi and HDD OS:

  We will be using the operating system image from  Ghoulmann.We’ll download it later. The image is based on Raspian, which is a Debian flavor adapted for the Pi, that runs turnkey out the box.

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Step 2: Features

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There are many available features avaiable to add to a home server, some free, some paid.

I have narrowed down a shortlist of free features that you will be able to add to your home server following the steps in this instructable  .

  •     Webmin Admin Interface  (This could be considered the heart of the operation) 

Webmin is a state of the art server management web user interface. It allows the installation, management and control of the various services you may wish to add to the server. The interface is great fore first timers as it minimalizes the required use of the command line interface.

More Info

  •     Shell In A Box (This could be considered the backend) 

‘Shellinabox’ is a web based interface for SSH’ing into the server. It runs on java and CSS so it’s compatble with all the best browsers without any additional plugins.

More Info

  •     Samba Windows File Server

Samba is software that can be run on a platform other than Microsoft Windows, for example, Linux. Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol that is installed on the host server. When correctly configured, it allows the host to interact with a Microsoft Windows client as if it is a Windows file and print server.

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  •     ownCloud 

ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface. It also provides a platform to easily view & sync your contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all your devices and enables basic editing right on the web. ownCloud is extendable via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins. Many of which are avaiable here.

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  •     Transmission BitTorrent WebUI 

Transmission is designed for easy, powerful use. It’s web user interface allows torrent’s to be remotley added, then downloaded to the default torrent location. This location ca the be shared via samba/ownCloud to allow remote streaming of downloaded content.

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  •     Apache Webserver 

The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems such as Linux. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

More Info

  •     PHP5 

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. PHP is now installed on more than 244 million websitesand 2.1 million web servers. This is required for owncloud and any other webpages you wish to host.

More Info

  •     MySQL Database 

Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations including Facebook, Google and Adobe rely on MySQL to save time and money powering their Web sites. That why we’ll be using it. It’s also required for ownCloud.

More Info

  •     no-ip Sync Client  

The no-ip sync client will allow us to give the server a ‘static address’, such as “yourname.no-ip.biz”. The sync client will update the current ip your ISP’s allocated you every ten or fifteen minutes. You must first create a free account at no-ip.biz, but more on that later.

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Step 3: Hardware Setup

The hardware basics are a Pi, SD card and power supply. You’ll also need your LAN Ethernet cable. When I began I used a basic Pi case zip tied to my 1TB portable USB HDD.

My ideas developed. In my setup I wanted two mounted hard drives to offer more storage.  One was a Segate desktop 3.5″ 320GB HDD. The other was a Turo Portable 2.5″ 1TB HDD.

This offers loads of storage so I can carry out backups and so on.

When I decided on what hardware I wanted to add on, I came to an instant realization that some sort of case would be necessary. Due to the flashing LED’s that indicate status on all three main hardware parts, I knew I wanted something partly transparent. I also wanted the case to look the part. As I struggle for desk space all too often, I also decided to make the server a wall mountable unit. This way I would have a self contained, Transparent server case.

When designing your case you can be as basic or as simple as you wish. For me, it was very satisfying to have an end product that expressed some professional quality. 

To manage power, I simply mounted a 3-way socket into the case. I then spliced the end and soldered it onto an appropriately rated switch and IEC socket. This again leaves a pro like finish. The transformers within the enclosure do not exceed the rated current of the wires. For additional finish, I mounted an Ethernet and USB socket to the top. By using USB hub inside, I am able to host an external socket. This is useful as USB drives can be plugged in when necessary without having to undo the 6 sprung screws that hold the hinged door closed. Pictures are annotated below.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 4: Before We Begin…

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Before we begin, I’d just like to give you a quick idea of the planning and note taking I did. Below are some of the notes pages I made during the process. There are also a few of the many post-it notes that are more readable than others. They are still quite scruffy however. Due to the pace of writing and times of night, the writing isn’t so desirable, but it just gives a quick idea. I may also add: some notes here are not relevant. I was also setting up my port forwarding for a web address. This involved forwarding subdomains to specific ports within the router manager (port forwarding) and the DNS file editor with my domain name provider (godaddy.com).

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Step 5: Burn the Image

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The first step is often found tricky and complicated. I aim for it to be quick and simple, so we can move onto the fun part sooner.

  • First download the Win32 Disk Imager from here

This will allow us to burn an operating system image to our SD card.

  • Next download the ISO of the Raspian Turnkey mix from here.           Credit to Ghoulmann for the image.

Turnkey is an optimized OS package that is perfect for a home server.

The basic package includes Webmin Dashboard and Shell In A Box.

  • Extract the downloaded file and open the application called Win32DiskImager.exe
  • When the application opens, we need to do two things. Firstly locate the downloaded ISO image file. by Clicking the file icon.
  • Next ensure the correct drive letter is selected by cross comparing the drive letters in My Computer with the ones available in the dropdown box.
  • Finally Click Write.
  • A message informing that the drive can be corrupted will appear. Don’t panic, this is standard procedure, just click Yes.
  • The Image will the begin to write. It will take about eight minutes in total. Once the image has been written to the SD card, a Write Successful Dialog appears. Close it off and place the SD into your Pi.

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Step 6: Install the OS

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Installing the OS is a nice place to start, besides it being the first chronological step, it is a fairly simple one. The user (you) doesn’t really have to do much the setup scrips take care of that.

No extensive hardware is required for the setup process. All you need is a spare USB Keyboard (or just borrow one – it wont be long), A TV with HDMI or Composite input and the relevant cable. You’ll also need your Pi power supply (Just a regular micro USB phone charger will do).

First plug the HDMI or Composite cable into the back of the TV, then set the TV to the correct input. This is because the Pi detects whether HDMI is plugged in then using that information chooses whether to output composite or not. Then plug the cable into the Pi.

Next insert the SD card we prepared earlier.

Plug in the keyboard. Then finally plug in the micro USB power. The Pi will the boot. Setup scripts will run automatically. This will take a few minutes, before being asked for a root password.

When prompted for a password, choose a secure one. Don’t use one that is already used for your email account or similar. Use howsecureismypassword.net to find a secure password. Aim for something that takes around 10 octillion septuagintillion years to crack. No but seriously, choose something secure.

Setup may ask some other questions. Just input logical answers. After the Q&A is over setup will continue doing its thing for around 5 min.

At the end you’ll be told the eth5 connection failed. That because we don’t have a internet connection yet. Once setup is complete, unplug the power cable and re-locate your Pi server into its final resting position.

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Step 7: Update Webmin

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In this step we will login to Webmin for the first time. When this is done, we will update Webmin to the latest version using the integrated updater. 

First, type in the ip of the server (RPi) followed by “:12321”. This is the default port that Webmin is running on.

So for example I would type in ““.

Yours could look like this “” or ““.

Notice how the port remains the same, despite the ip address changing. 

A quick explanation. The ip address is the string of numbers that defines any device connected to the internet. The router in your home has a function called DCHP  (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). This auto assigns the

devices on the LAN (Local Area Network) an ip following the default format of 192.168.1.*

This means that your Pi could be any ip address through to (It won’t be because that’s usually the routers ip address).

Usually there is a chronological order of working, therefore unless you have over 20 devices on the network, you wont be going higher than

If you don’t know how to determine the ip of a device on the network, I strongly recommend this tool. It’s free and extremely handy if your less computer savvy than others. It works by scanning all the possible ip’s on a network, then gathers information about the devices on the other end.

Once you’ve done that, your going to get that scary security warning we all hate. It looks like this:

This warning usually indicates a website that’s has insecure certificates. This means the data sent to the server isn’t nesacerily sent to the server, instead a fake server, trying to capture sensitive data. Usually you’d turn back here, but don’t. This message is only displayed as we have not yet installed a SSL certificate on the server. These are expensive, so instead we’ll just disable SSL (HTTPS://). That’s later on though. For now just click proceed anyway. 

Once your proceeded you’ll meet the Webmin Login page for the first time. Isn’t she wonderful.

Here enter the username root and the password you entered during the Linux installation. Then click Login

The interface will then load.

At the bottom of the home page, you’ll notice the Upgrade Webmin Now button.

Click the button and Webmin does the rest. Just for reassurance, Here are images of how the process should look:

This is the updated package downloading.

This is the script carrying out the update.

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Step 8: Shell Login

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In this step we will learn how to login to the shell interface via the browser. 

Type the ip address of the RPi into the browser, then port :12320 – it will look like 192.168.1.*:12320

Again we’ll see the untrusted website page.

Click Proceed anyway, remember we know it’s safe because it’s your server. This will load the shell interface.

You may be asking what is ‘shell’ and thinking ‘I thought computers sand and water don’t mix’. I’ll explain. Shell is the Linux version of Command Prompt (which is probably familiar to you windows users). It basically offers access into the server via command line, which can be very useful for tasks such as adding samba users, or editing a file using nano (nano is a command line text file editor).

So once the interface has loaded it will look like this. Very basic I may add.

Again, here I’ll offer some level of explanation. The ‘core login:’ is just the server hostname ‘core’ (we can change this later) followed by login:

This means the server requires us to login before carrying out any tasks. 

To login simply type your username (root) press return/enter then enter the password for the root account. Your password wont be displayed for obvious security reasons, such as the guy stood behind you looking over your shoulder. Take that**.

You will the be greeted by a login message explaining how warranties are not this nor that.

**this is not a reference to the British band

As posted by member 

To fix the session closed after the prompt login, you need to change /etc/hosts.
Enter the following:
nano /etc/hosts
Then change the core in the line to your hostname.

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Step 9: How to Reboot

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Now we know how to access the command line, let’s try a few things.

First let’s learn how to reboot.

Login to the terminal as normal or if you already have an open session ensure the bottoms most line reads [email protected] ~#in essence,[email protected] ~# 

Type reboot

Then press enter

You’ll receive a broadcast message informing all users of the system reboot.

That’s all there is too it. This is one of the most basic procedures you’ll need to carry out. During the server configuration and setup you’ll be doing this quite a lot.

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Step 10: Changing the Server Name (Hostname)

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Our server is currently named CORE. Boring right? We’re going to change it.

First we can type hostname into the shell in the box terminal (after sucsessful login) to print the current hostname. We can see it’s ‘CORE’.

So let’s go ahead and change it.

Type nano /etc/hostname

Press return which will open the text file located in the /etc directory on the SD card named hostname, with the terminal text file editor nano. On boot the setup scripts read the file contents and use it to set the hostname of the server.

So to change it, simply delete the contents of the text file and type your desired hostname.

Press shift and X to exit.

Press Y to save the changes.

Just hit return to save over the old file.

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Step 11: Mount the Hard Drive

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If you are using ay external storage such as a USB hard drive or USB stick with the server, we must configure it to mount at boot. If your drive is formatted with the NTFS file system, follow the guide below. If it has any other type of formatting such as FAT 32, then skip to the next step.

Drives with Windows NTFS formatting can be tricky to mount within Linux.

To allow the drive to be mounted, we must install NTFS-3g. This irradiates any issues I know of.

So, open up a tab within your browser. Point it to the address and port of shell in a box, i.e, a new terminal session.

First type apt-get ntfs-3g

apt-get is the command to grab a package from the repository and install it.

The terminal may then begin to look like a scene from the matrix. This is just the downloading and installation of the package.

Below are images of how the process should look:

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Step 12: Mount the Hard Drive Continued

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Head back over to Webmin to continue mounting the storage media.

From the top navigation bar click Disks and Network Filesystems  from within the System  dropdown.

This will load the applet where we can select and mount the drive. To begin mounting click the dropdown box just above the file system table and select the format of the drive you are mounting. Mounting a drive within Linux will not remove your data, however it’s always best to have a backup. 

This next page will allow you to name the mount and choose the location. We will create out mount in the location /media/serverhdd . Select Disk and there should only be one option within the dropdown to choose from. Choose No where you have the option for read only. Keep the default settings for everything else. 

Once you have the same settings as above, click create. This will take us back to an updated file system table.

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Step 13: My SQL

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Next we’re are going to install MySQL. MySQL is a free tool that allows us to host online databases that are secure, and accessible by PHP scrips. This means that a login page (such as the ownCloud login page) can use a PHP script to check login details such as user and password, thus allowing it to serve you the correct files and ultimately allowing you to login.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

To install:

Login the Webmin admin console, hover over the unused modules category.

From there Select the MySQL entry.

This will serve a page informing us we either don’t have the module configured correctly or don’t have it installed. We don’t have it installed do click the option that says ‘click here to have it installed by apt’. Just for your information, apt is a Linux package manager that can be used to install and remove packages (basically software applications).

 The package will then be installed. Lots of code will be running in the webpage. Leave it to run its course. It will inform you at the bottom of the webpage when the package has been added.

After its installed, go back, and from the servers dropdown in webmin, select the MySQL Database server entry. This will load the interface.

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Step 14: Add a Database to My SQL (ownCloud Prep)

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So now we’re going to add a database to MySQL for ownCloud to use. Within the database ownCloud will store information within tables and fields. Moo .

The information will range from usernames and passwords, to file size limits and file paths for each user. It’s really quite clever.

Its quick and easy to add a table. First from within the MySQL database manager page in webmin click add a database.

The new database page will then load. Here name the database and leave all other options default. I’ve called mine owncloud for easy reference. (You’ll need to note down the name for later.) We don’t need to ad any tables or data because ownCloud will populate the database during it’s installation process.

Click Create at the bottom of the page.  You’ll then be taken back to the management page, where you’ll see the new table.

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Step 15: Add a User to My SQL (ownCloud Prep)

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MySQL is a multi-user database management system. This means that there can be more than one user that can gain access to the various databases and the data within them. This is useful as we can assign different permissions to the different users. 

Why would we want to do that?

This feature is implemented for a number of reasons. The first most obvious being a security breach. For example if someone somehow hacks access to a service or program’s code which relies on a database within MySQL, they may be able de-crypt the login credentials to the MySQL database server. This means they could access sensitive data within other databases and cause havoc. But wait hold on, don’t panic. Because with multi user functionality, the database server will be safe. We can know this because we are creating separate accounts that will range from managing the server to reading, modifying and even creating tables. If somebody ever did gain access, (which is highly unlikely) they would only have certain permissions within the delegated database/s. This way we are not compromising other services that rely on the SQL server.

Another reason is if a piece of code within a service malfunctioned (also very unlikely) somehow losing control and beginning to erase and delete the databases. This wouldn’t be possible because the program would only have access to its own database. All is not lost, Eh?

Very Clever I must point out.

So, lets lean how to create a user then. The user account we will create will be later used for ownCloud so use a logical username and password, that will be identifiable in the future.

Open up the MySQL database server manager if you haven’t already. Which you probably have because your twitching with excitement at the concept.

So first, we need to click User Permissions. This will navigate us towards our goal. On the page you’ll see a list of user and their corresponding info.

Sorry to ruin your fun Mr.Hacker. Anyway, on the above page click Create New User.

As you will soon see, this has loaded the add user page. Here we’ll be able to add our ownCloud  database access user. Input the above information into the fields, which is: Username: owncloud

Password: choose one but remember it

Select all permissions besides Superuser. Quick tip – Click the top entry, scroll down, hold shift, click the bottom entry. Then deselect the Superuser entry by clicking whist holding ctrl.

Change the maximum concurrent logins to 15 (we wont be having more than 15 users at a time connected.

Leave other options default then Create.

This will create the new user and then navigate us back to the user accounts page.

Here you will see the added user credentials.

I’ve blanked out the password for obvious reasons.

That’s it, we’ve created our new user. During the ownCloud setup, ownCloud will tie the account to the specified database. (Remember the one we created earlier named cloud?)

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Step 16: Install PHP

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In this step we’ll install PHP and the various add-on’s so its compatible with services such as MySQL, which we installed in an earlier step.

For more info on PHP click here

Begin by opening up a terminal session with shellinabox (Port 12320)

Login then type 

apt-get install php5 php-pear php5-mysql

Then press enter.

This will carry out the installation of PHP and other required dependencies for ownCloud and Transmission.

When you reach the above point just hit Y. This check is common practice and it’s essentially just APT asking for permission to use up the specified amount of disk space to istall the requested programs.

Above we can see the files being fetched from the mirrors.

And remember when you see [email protected] ~#, you’re all done!

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Step 17: Install OwnCloud

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The installation for ownCloud can be done via the GUI (Graphical User Interface) within webmin.

Head over to webmin and select system software packages from the System dropdown menu.

This will take us to the install package webpage.

Here focus on the second section: Install a New Package. Here select the Package from APT radio button. (Which is one of these  [ Try Me! ] )

Type into the corresponding box owncloud, like this: 

Then hit Install.

The script has finished, thus, ownCloud has been successfully installed.

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Step 18: OwnCloud: Pre-setup

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Before setting up our ownCloud instance we need to create a folder on the hard drive for our data to rest within.

Quickly open up a shellinabox session and type these three commands separately:

1 cd /media/serverhdd

2 mkdir cloud

3 chmod 750 /media/serverhdd/cloud

This will create the folder and change the permissions so owncloud can write to it.

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Step 19: Configure OwnCloud

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So we’ve installed ownCloud, let’s set it up then test it.

Head over to 192.168.*.*/owncloud

You’ll be greeted by this: 

Click next, you may then be asked if you want to install into a subdirectory, just delete the text in the field and click next. If not just carry on.

Here is the important part. This page is where we will specify a folder for the data to go into, and admin account, and the SQL information.

Input a Username and password.

Click the advanced button

Type //media/serverhdd (or whatever you mounted your hard drive as) followed by /cloud. So it’ll look like this: //media/serverhdd/cloud 

Next click the MySQL button and the page will expand, revealing options for the database.

Here type in the MySQL username and password for the owncloud user we made.

Type in the database name of which you wish to use (we also created one earlier)

Type Localhost in the final box.

Finally click Finish setup.

This will finalize the setting and load up the owncloud service.

Ta Dahh!!

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Step 20: Creating an OwnCloud User

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ownCloud has loads of features so it would take a whole lot of time to explain each one and how to use it. That my friends, is another instructable for another day. Have a look herefor a list and usage.

Creating a user is fairly* simple so I’ll show you how.

Click the user options button in the top corner then click on Users from the dropdown.

Then you’ll be taken to the user management page.

To create a new user, type a username and password into the appropriate boxes above the table view of current users.

Then click the groups dropdown box. 

Here you will see an admin entry and an +add group entry.

Click +add group, then type a group name for standard user accounts. This only has to be done once.

Then press enter (Keyboard key). This will create and select the new group.

Next click the create button.

Now we need to set the data limit for the user. Do this using the Storage drop down on the row of the user. The top option sets the default.

Set to whatever meets your needs.

Once you have done all this, you’ve created your new user account. Logout (user button in top right > logout) then log back in as the new user to test things out.

Next, lets samba.

*The term fairly and any other reference to simplicity or difficulty throughout this instructable is subjective, however this instructable is intended for anyone who understands the basic operation of a PC, so most should be able to follow it. Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 21: Let’s All Do the Samba

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Samba will allow us to share documents with windows PC’s on the same network. This will allow the server to be used as a central file server within your home. This is useful if you have more than one PC within the network.

Installation begins with opening the module from the Un-used modules category within webmin.

So go ahead and select Samba Windows File Sharing

You will then be told “Sorry Mr, you don’t have that module,” or something like that anyway. Just click click here to install it.

The package will then install.

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Step 22: Configure Samba Drives

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So now we’ll setup ad configure the samba instance. Samba operates on the windows file share protocol, so integration into a windows network (or singular PC) is seamless.

First open up Samba from the servers category in webmin.

Next select the checker boxes along the left hand side of the default directory mounts.

Click the delete selected drives button located below the table. The page should now look like this:

Click create a new file share. to begin mounting your directories.

Here we can now define a name, and file location. We can also set permissions for samba users.

Create your share with the options:

Share name : Relevant share name of your choice

Directory to share: /media/serverhdd/* (here * is a wild card. Mount any folder of your choice. We’ve already created our cloud data folder so lets mount that.)

Directory to share: /media/serverhdd/cloud

Auto create directory: Yes

Owner: root

Permissions: 755

Group: Root

Available: Yes

Browseable: Yes

Add a share comment if desired. Then Click Create.

Here you can see the mounted drive. Mine is a users folder I created on the hard drive.

Now we need to edit an option. Click on the share you’ve just made. From there click the Security access and control button from the bottom.

Here change the attribute Writable? to Yes

Then Save.

Return to the samba config homepage, and continue until you have mounted all the shares you wish to add.

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Step 23: Add a Samba User

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I often find the WebGUI for adding samba users to be buggy and unreliable. Because of this, I’m going to teach you to add a user the terminal way. 

First, a shellinabox session.

Before we continue it is important to note: to add a samba user there must be an exsisting Unix account that you can link to. The samba config will rely on the Unix user account for permissions. Name the samba user the same as the Unix user account.

Now type in pdbedit -a -u *username here*

Now you’ll need to enter a password then confirm it.

Nice and Tidy. For changes to take effect, you’ll need to restart the samba service. This is easily done via the GUI with the restart button ant the bottom of the page.

All done. Now Head over to your windows PC for the next part, accessing the share. 
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Step 24: Accessing the Share

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Welcome back. 

Now lets mount the share as a volume in windows. Open up My computer.

Click Map network Drive. (Locations are as follows: Windows 8: top toolbar under Computer group. Windows 7: On the toolbar below the filepath. Windows Vista: Within the Tools… dropdown that is located on the toolbar below the filepath. Windows XP: Left click white space.)

First Specify the drive letter. All available ones will be within the dropdown.

Next location, Which will be in the format \\*your server name here\*samba share name here*

Check the Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials options.

Click Finish.

The Credentials window will then open.

Here type the user name and password for samba.

Check the Remeber option then finish.

Once that has been done, the share can be used like a normal storage media from within Windows.

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Step 25: Install Transmission (Bit Torrent)

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Transmission is a torrent/download manager. You simply visit the port the service is running on to open the web UI. From there you can simply copy and paste URL magnet links, file links, torrent file links and more. The interface is super simple to use.

To install open up a shellinabox session and type: apt-get install transmission

This will begin the install.

Here we caan see the files being downloaded and added to the filesystem.

Once the package has installed, we need to stop the daemon (package) from running. This is important to do or the setting file may become corrupt.

Type: /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon stop to stop the daemon.

Next we need to configure the username and password for the instance. You’ll use these credentials to login to the web user interface.

Type: nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json to edit the config file with nano.

Edit the User and password enteries to whatever you wish. the password entry is named rpc-password and user is rpc-username. Hit shift and X to exit and press Y to save changes.

Next we will restart the daemon. Type: /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon start

Now visit 192.168.2.*:9091. Here you’ll hit  login dialog. Enter the credentials and login.

After that, a sucsessful login will load the interface. Simply use the add file icon to pase a link for the manager to download. Again full usage guides are available on the trasmission website.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 26: The Principal

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This step will explain how we will achieve worldwide access for the server.

We will use two fundamental elements.

The first: no-ip, is a free service available to anyone. It comes in two forms, the sync client and the online service account. The accounts are free from the no-ip website. Create an account here.

The second element is a function built into almost all home routers: port forwarding. This function allows us to redirect incoming requests to other devices on the network, i.e., the server. This has to be done as any incoming connection from outside your home network will just direct us to the router management page. We need to land on our servers services page.

To do this the two features work together to provide a simpler way to connect to the server.

no-ip works like this:

Port forwarding works like this sketch:

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Step 27: Install No-ip

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To install no-ip, open a new shell session.

Type: cd /usr/local/src To make the current working directory (folder) src.

Now download the tar file to the directory, from no-ip.com with: wget http://www.no-ip.com/client/linux/noip-duc-linux.tar.gz

Change the cd (current directory) to no-ip folder using:  cd noip-2.1.9-1      Then make the files with: make

Then install with: make install

During the install you’ll need your no-ip registerd email address and password to hand. Leave the default update period as 30.

When asked say no to running a script on sucsessful update, using N key.

Then login to no-ip.com to confirm the client carried out it’s first update

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Step 28: Port Forwarding

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Setting up port forwarding is different on every router, because of this i’ll just give you a general idea of which ports to forward and where. For more specific details on your routers port forwarding feature (aka Virtual Hosts) visit portforward.com

Okay so the basic idea is that you type in username.no-ip.biz:* and wind up at the service allocated for *. 

So we need to set this up for four instances: ownCloud, Transmission, Webmin and shell in a box.

The ports on the server (forward to private port) are as follows 

  • Webmin – Port 12321
  • Owncloud – Port 80 (also requires /cloud or whatever sub directory you chosen earlier i.e. username.no-ip.biz:80/owncloud)
  • Transmission – Port 9091
  • Shell – Port 12320

The incoming ports can be different to the outgoing ports, so you could have userame.no-ip.biz:1 leading to webmin, userame.no-ip.biz:2 leading to ownCloud and so on. This makes it more convenient to remember.

This means your port forwarding table should be filled out like the illustration below.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 29: Final: Backup

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Now we’ve almost finished. The final procedure is to unplug the power, remove the SD and create a back-up image of the OS in it’s current state. This way if something goes wrong you have a basic fresh custom set-up to return to.

Simply place the SD card into a reader and open up win32diskimager.

In the text field type the location of the desktop followed by \backup.iso (something like this C:\Users\Dillon\Desktop\backup.iso). This will tell the software to read the file and save it to the desktop.

Then instead of write, click read.

This animated GIF shows a write taking place, but the process is the same.

This will take around 5-10 minutes. After it’s done, put the SD back into the Pi and rest at ease. If you ever need to refresh your system (system restore) use the backup you created to write the ISO to the card, as in step 5. This means all will not be lost. For extra sense of peace, after any major system changes, perform a new backup and save it with a date. This way you’ll have different revisions of backups to choose from.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 30: Congratulations – Felicitaciones – Glückwünsche – 恭喜

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Over 6,000 words and more than 170 illustrative diagrams and images later, we have reached the end.

If you made it this far, well done. I hope you found it an awesome journey. The learning curve may have been steep, but i encourage you to fly from the nest and begin to lean more about the Linux world. 

If you have any issues or questions, drop one below. I hope you enjoyed reading and learning as much as I did writing.

Thank you.

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