Hi Tony, I’m very new to odrive and I’m still in the process of investigating how odrive can work for best for me an my extended family. I haven’t signed up for a premium subscription but I have been using the trial and looking at the features that come with the free version. Here is the situation…
3 Windows Home Servers 2011 - All different physical locations (used by many family members in an extended family)
4 desktops - connected to one of the 3 servers so most desktops running off SSD so limited harddrive space, 3 laptops (including Surface Pro) again limited HD space, multiple tablets & phones (Other desktops not directly connected to one of the three servers)
Office 365 subscription - includes 1TB of storage space per user
2 Amazon Prime accounts - unlimited photo storage (Have not signed up for the unlimited everything plan)
Dropbox - primarily used for document sharing
Here are the goals:
- Install odrive for each user on WHS2011.
- Install odrive on each PC where a family member logs in
- Link their personal cloud storage subscriptions to their unique odrive account
- All data in their personal odrive cloud subscriptions are always downloaded and stored on each of the WHS2011 Server for multiple redundant back-ups.
- Personal computers would have odrive installed would have the “placeholder” files only syncing what they need when the need it.
- WHS2011 servers are headless so upon server reboot for whatever reason odrive should continue to sync all files for all users with the respective linked cloud accounts
- WHS2011 has user accounts but that doesn’t necessarily mean unique logins to the server. The servers actually have few user accounts which can actually log into the server but there are many “users” of the server.
- I assume for WHS2011 to run unique odrive sessions for each odrive user it will be necessary to create unique windows profile for each user?
- Do you know how I go about installing odrive for each on the WHS server when I don’t actually have user profile/login accounts for them? (Have you used WHS before, so do you know what I mean here?)
- On that note, I don’t want to have to log into to each user account manually each time one of the servers reboot to get odrive working for that user account. Not only would that be time consuming I also don’t want to keep track of each users login ID and password in order to log them into the server.
- I do use a program called AlwaysUp, not sure if you’ve heard about it but do you think it would work to allow me to meet the criteria of allowing multiple users to use their own personal odrive account connected to the server?
- Obviously for the majority of the family members they would like the option of having placeholders on their own computers instead of storing everything on their local computers. Do you have any group premium licensing options, it appears the only option is $100 per year per person which for a large family can get quite expensive. I looked at the Org billing but that just appears to just allow the grouping of billing under one account but there appears to be no discounted service for families.
- Seems like if it’s the same annual fee per person and family plans aren’t possible then those individuals connected to the WHS should just network share the odrive folder so none of the files stored in the cloud are on their local computers.
Sorry lots of questions. I originally started this follow-up when I was looking on how to setup odrive as a service on my WHSs and came across this feature request so though I’d start inquiring on process for this feature request and I’ve sort of extended beyond it. Thanks!