I’m trying to figure out the best way for our employees to leverage Nextcloud LDAP home folders and Nextcloud. Our Nextcloud has OnlyOffice app installed so our employees have the ability to edit directly in the browser. This will work for some employees who make small changes to an Office document. But there are other employees who prefer to create/edit Office documents from MS Office. My end result is to be able to securely backup all employees documents using Nethserver backup and to provide flexibility to employees to work with office files/documents either from their desktops or our Nextcloud. I also don’t want to force users to have to download and upload documents to and from our Nextcloud (even though this is very easy to do!). Historically I’ve found it difficult to encourage employees to download/upload documents to and from Nextcloud for their daily work. What they end up doing is downloading documents to a folder on their computer and leaving documents there and working on them from that folder and not uploading the updated documents to Nextlcloud. This is due to perhaps laziness or they just get too busy with their daily work and keeping pushing off the task to upload documents back to Nextcloud.
This has led me to look at how I can still leverage Nextcloud as our document repository for sharing and finding data but still give flexibility to our employees to do their work. What I would like to do is leverage each users ldap home folder as their primary storage location and then each users Nextcloud provide that home folder as an external storage. In this way documents can be used/edited from their Windows Explorer and documents can be searched/shared from Nextcloud. I believe @Andy_Wismer alluded to this in the following post:
I’ve done some testing and I’m finding a few problems that I’m hoping this community can help me solve:
I’ve mapped an ldap user to have their home folder assigned a drive letter in Windows Explorer when they login. They can save files into their home folder and edit files. I then setup for this ldap user an external storage to their home folder using Local as the external storage and No authentication. The Configuration is pointing to “/var/lib/nethserver/home/”. This worked in that I get a green checkmark and I can see for this user when they login to Nextcloud their external storage to their home folder. But none of the files they put into their home folder from Windows Explorer are showing up in Nexcloud? I tried setting up an external storage home folder using SMB/CIFS with Log-in credentials, save in session but this doesn’t give me a green checkmark.
Any advice you can provide me on how to set this up would be greatly appreciated.
I also noticed that the Home Folder Local external storage does have a green checkmark and does show me for this user an external folder. But I do not see the files saved from Windows Explorer in Nextcloud so it doesn’t appear that this external folder is pointing correctly to my /var/lib/nethserver/home/mp4100 location.