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Connecting to your files / users1 from outside the union without using the VPN connection…

 

What Can I access remotely?

A list of available file shares is located on the Remote File Access (WebDAV) FAQ page.

File and folder security is exactly the same as from your Union computer however some devices do not show folders you don’t have access too (iPads for example), so if you don’t have permissions a folder may simply not be there when you look.

 

Read Only Access - Quick & Dirty using a web browser

We have created a page with direct links for read only access using a web browser.

 

iPads

WebDav Navigator

WebDAV Navigator is a FREE WebDAV client application for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.

Features

Download files and resources and store them locally on the device.

View supported file types, including .jpg, .png, .doc, .xls and .pdf files

Upload images from the local photo gallery or pictures taken with the camera if available.

Forward downloaded documents by email

Support for "Open with.." to open documents in other apps

Open documents from other applications in WebDAV Navigator, and then upload them to your WebDAV Server

Access to downloaded files when offline

File list index, to rapidly navigate to files starting with a certain letter

iTunes file sharing on the iPad/iOS 4 to copy your files off

Supports Basic, Digest and NTLM Authentication

HTTPS including self signed certificates

Share links to files and folders through email

Ability to view certain files without downloading them first

Authentication popup if username and password are not saved

AirPlay support for streaming local media to supported devices

PDF reader for locally stored PDF files with bookmarks and printing support

Tested on iOS 4.3.1

 

^Install WEBDAV Navigator from iTunes – it’s free

^Click the little plus sign as it says…

^Fill in your details. For your documents the URL is https://home.lsu.co.uk/yourname where spaces are all replaced with %20. This is different to the URL for Windows 7 - most usernames contain spaces which may cause problems as iPads don’t want to give you the space bar when connecting to WebDav. You could just connect to https://home.lsu.co.uk however you’ll soon get bored of scrolling down to your name everytime you use webdav.

 


^Click the Right arrow ‘>’

^Browse through the folders – this is for users1

^Double click on a file you want to open. There is a free download of Word, Excel and a number of other Microsoft products for iOS users. This will need a valid Office 365 licence, so if you are not licensed and need to be, let us know (itsupport@lsu.co.uk).

Uploading files to LSU

^Here I’m uploading photos (one at a time L) as we don’t have other apps (more L).

In Webdav Navigator apps appear at the bottom left. Here photos shows my various galleries.

^Select the photo

^Call it something…

^And now the file is safely on Users1

 

Connect to WebDAV Server on iPad Using iWorks

 

On iPad you can use iWork applications (Pages, Keynote or Numbers) to save and open documents from WebDAV server. Please note for sheer speed of getting the instructions together I plagiarised http://www.webdavsystem.com/server/access/ipad_iwork.

Note that iOS 4.2.1 or later is recommended. While iWork on iOS 3.2.2 has WebDAV support it allows only default HTTP port 80 and HTTPS port 443. If you specify any other port the 'An error occurred. Please try again.' message is displayed. On earlier iOS versions WebDAV is not supported.

 Saving to the union from your iPad using iWorks

LSU accounts with email have subscriptions to Office 365 so you can download and use the free Word / Excel apps for iPad etc. and use those instead of works. If however you still want to use Works:

 

^ All 3 applications have similar WebDAV functionality, so we describe how to connect from iPad Pages only.

To save an iWork Pages document to WebDAV server go to 'My Documents' and select 'Copy to WebDAV'.

 

^The 'WebDAV Sign In' dialog will appear. Fill in Server Address, User Name and Password fields and click 'Sign In' button.


Fill in your details. For your documents https://home.lsu.co.uk/yourname where spaces are all replaced with %20. This is different to the URL for Windows 7 - most usernames contain spaces which may cause problems as iPads don’t want to give you the space bar when connecting to WebDav. You could just connect to https://home.lsu.co.uk/ however you’ll soon get bored of scrolling down to your name everytime you use webdav.

For users1 documents the URL is https://union.lboro.ac.uk/users1, For the venue folder the URL is “https://union.lboro.ac.uk/venue”, For the venue folder the URL is “https://union.lboro.ac.uk/venue”, For the personal files folder the URL is “https://union.lboro.ac.uk/personal

 

 

^You will see the list of folders and documents on your WebDAV server. Navigate to folder in which you would like to save the document and click 'Copy' button.

Windows phones

Windows Phone 7.5 has apps available through the market place for using webdav. Webdav Browser (free) - it only allows you to read documents, and Webdav Explorer (80p !!) which allows read and write.

Connection details are similar to those for "I just want to download a file and can’t be bothered with all of that…." below.

Windows shortcuts

I used to recommend Windows 7 users used Bitkinex or FileZilla, however we have found BitKinex doesn't like our new server very much. Good news is that connecting with built in windows tools is now much easier...

We have created shortcuts to all of the available file shares these are available individually or there is a zip file with all of the shortcuts.

Windows 7 manually (what the short cuts are actually doing)

 

^ Click on the start icon and type 'cmd' in the search box. Double click on the programme at the top of the search.

^ at the prompt type 'net use * serverurl' (where you replace server url with the full address of the server required including the https://). Press the return key and a prompt for your name should appear.

^type in your username (you don't need lsuoffices or @lsu.co.uk) & press the return key

^type in your password

^ The system should tell you you are connected.

^ Go to 'Computer'

^ The connected share should be visible.

^ and then you can browse to files and EDIT them if you like...

 

Connecting with Mac OSX

Images coming soon.

Finder >> Go >> Connect to server >> enter the server url

Click connect. Make sure your username and password are correct.

Er, that's it.