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Using WebDav

The Central Web Server 9 uses WebDav for updating web content. In order to use WebDav to manage your web site you must first have your NetID registered for that web site. Then you must use an application or an operating system which supports WebDav over SSL (not just WebDav alone). SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an encryption mechanism which protects your web data in transit. Even if you do not consider your data private, SSL is required to protect your netid and password when you sign on at the start of a session.


WebDav URL

If your site name is mysite, your WebDav URL would be:
    https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite
Simply replace mysite with your web site's name.

Note: if you only have an access to a subfolder of that site, your WebDav URL would be:
    https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite/subfolder
Simply replace subfolder with your subfolder's name.


Setting up WebDav in Dreamweaver

Most web development applications support WebDav. The program Dreamweaver from Adobe is one such application. Dreamweavers' implementation of WebDav is slightly different depending on the version you use.

To set-up WebDav in Dreamweaver CS5:
(Watch the demonstration)

  1. Select "Site" from the top menu
  2. Select "New Site..." from the menu
  3. Select "Servers" from the left menu
  4. Select the plus sign to add a new server.
  5. Server name is https://web9.uits.uconn.edu
  6. Connect using: WebDav
  7. URL: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite (mysite = your account name)
  8. Username & Password: Enter your NetID and NetID password. (If you've forgotten your NetID password you can reset it at netid.uconn.edu)
  9. Leave fields under "advanced" at their default settings.

Your window should look like this:

screen - dreamweaver settings

 

To set-up WebDav in Dreamweaver 8, CS 3 and CS 4:
(Watch the demonstration)

  1. Select "Site" from the top menu
  2. Select "New Site..." from the menu
  3. At the top of the page, select the "Advanced" tab
  4. On the left of the window, select "Remote Info"
  5. Set Web Access to "WebDAV"
  6. For URL, enter: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite (mysite = your account name)
  7. Enter your NetID and NetID password. (If you've forgotten your NetID password you can reset it at netid.uconn.edu)
  8. Make sure that "Enable file check in and check out" is NOT checked
  9. Your window should look something like this:

  10. Click the OK button. You should be all set.

Connecting to WebDav with an Operating System

Windows - Vista

your computer must have Microsoft's Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306) installed in order for WebDAV to function properly with Vista.

Windows - XP, 2000

  • Go to the Start button in the bottom left corner.
  • Select "My Network Places"
  • Select "Add a Network Place"
  • Welcome to Add Network Place Wizard - Click Next
  • Select "Choose another network connection"
  • Enter your web site's full URL address
    • https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite
      • Replace "mysite" with your web server account.
      • Example: Admissions would enter:
        • https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/admissions
  • Enter your NetID and Password
  • Check the option to remember your password
  • Name your Network Place.
    • You can name it whatever you'd like, but it should be something particular to this account. The default tends to work well.
  • Select Finish
  • A window appears with a flashlight searching back and forth. There will also be a window called "Security Alert", it may be hiding behind other windows.
  • Security Alert - Select Yes
  • Enter NetID and Password - Select OK
  • A window should appear showing you the contents of your web account. To upload, drag files into this window. To download, drag files off of this window.
  • To reconnect in the future, just double click on the shortcut that should now exist in My Network Places

Troubleshooting:

  • Check the URL address.
  • Make sure you have access to the site.
  • Make sure your NetID and password are current.
  • Files that start with "._", for example: ._index.html
    • Ignore these, you can delete them if you like. These files are a side effect of files being uploading from a Mac.

 

Mac OS X

  • Select the Finder from the dock. The finder icon is a blue smiling face.
  • Click on "Go" from the white strip at the to pof the screen.
  • Select "Connect to Server" from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter your web site's full URL address
    • https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/mysite
      • Replace "mysite" with your web server account.
      • Example: Admissions would enter:
        • https://web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443/admissions
  • Enter your Net ID and Password
  • A window appears with a flashlight searching back and forth. There will also be a window called "Security Alert", it may be hiding behind other windows.
    • Your web account will also appear as a Drive on your desktop.
  • To disconnect from your account, select the icon for your web account, and choose File > Eject.

Troubleshooting:

  • Check the URL address.
  • Make sure you have access to the site.
  • Make sure your NetID and password are current.
  • Secure Directories
    • To access files in secure directories, Macs need to use a program called Goliath.
      • Otherwise file names will be truncated on download.

Mac OS 9

Mac OS9 does cannot connect to ther server through the OS, use Goliath instead.

Linux

There are several Linux distributions and desktop environments. Rather than give detailed instructions for each, we'll just mention a few universal methods for using WebDav:

  • cadaver
    • Many Linux distributions supply the command-line program cadaver for connecting to WebDav sites. Just run it with your web site URL on the command line to start an FTP-like session.
  • nautilus
    • Gnome's nautilus browser can also browse WebDav shares as follows. Under the File menu, select Connect to Server.... Then select the Service type of Secure WebDAV (HTTPS). For Server use web9.uits.uconn.edu:4443, for Folder use YOURSITE where YOURSITE is the name of your site, and for the field User Name use your NETID.
  • konqueror
    • KDE's konqueror browser can browse WebDav shares. Just type in your URL, except you must replace the https: with webdavs