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Using WebDAV with Windows XP or Vista

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[edit] Introduction

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WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that lets users collaboratively edit and manage files on a remote web server. Before you set up WebDAV, at least one object (i.e., file or folder) must be in the destination Resources tool. For help, see Resources. Saving files directly to WebDAV (i.e., from within an application, such as Word, Excel, or Internet Explorer) does not work reliably. For best results, save the file to your computer first, and then upload it to your site.

[edit] Setting up WebDAV on your Windows computer

Find WebDAV URL
Find WebDAV URL

The first step to setting up WebDAV on any computer is to enter your site's Resources tool and select Upload-Download Multiple Resources. In there you will find the URL to use with your WebDAV client in bold as well as similar instructions.

[edit] Using Windows Vista and Windows 7

Windows Vista & Windows & Issues:

Connecting to your site's Resources using WebDAV on a computer running Windows Vista does not work reliably.

Microsoft has a software update available that may help correct connection problems for some users. For information about the update and how to download it, see article 907306 in Microsoft's knowledge base.

You can search Microsoft's knowledge base at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx

The Sakai Project's take on this issue can be found at http://jira.sakaiproject.org/browse/SAK-11149

To add a shortcut to your Windows Vista computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV:

  • Using the mouse, on the Desktop, double-click Computer.
  • Click Map Network Drive.
  • On the Map Network Drive screen, click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures, and then click Next.
  • Click Choose a custom network location, and then click Next.
  • In the "Internet or network address" field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool, and then click

Next.

  • Contact your site administrator for the URL's format. It will likely include the siteID for your site.

You should now be able to drag and drop files and folders between your computer and the sites to which you just connected. To open a folder, right-click it and choose Explore or Open.

To delete an item, right-click it and select Delete. If you have difficulty dragging and dropping, right-click the file or folder you want to copy, and choose Copy. Then right-click the directory you want to put it in, and choose Paste. You may need to refresh your browser for the file to appear in your directory in Resources.

[edit] Using Windows XP

In Windows XP, you can use the Add Network Place Wizard or Internet Explorer to upload and access your files via WebDAV, if you have the required permissions.

[edit] Using the Add Network Place Wizard

To use the Add Network Place Wizard to add a shortcut to your computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV:

  • On the desktop, double-click My Network Places.
  • In the "Network Tasks" pane, click Add a network place.
  • On the welcome screen, click Next.
  • Select Choose another network location, and then click Next.
  • In the "Internet or network address:" field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool.


  • You may now drag and drop files and folders between your

computer and the sites to which you just connected. However, you cannot delete items from a site by dragging them to the Recycle Bin on your desktop. To delete an item, right-click it and select Delete.

[edit] Alternatives to Window's own WebDAV solutions

[edit] Cyberduck

Cyberduck Is an open source, modern file transfer program that supports WebDAV and many other protocols. One can paste the Isaak/Sakai WebDAV URL to Quick Connect box and press enter and it will connect to your Isaak/Sakai Resources.

[edit] AnyClient

AnyClient is a third-party piece of software that is both free and seems to reduce the complexity and problms with WebDAV/Web folders on latter version of Windows. You can download a free copy of AnyClient at http://www.anyclient.com/

[edit] Video Example using Cyberduck

An example of how to set up a WebDAV connection on Windows 7 using Cyberduck.

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help


This article is intended to help individuals using Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS. You can search more help articles either by using the "search" box on the left or clicking here. More help articles can also be browsed here.

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai project help article.

The Sakai Educational Community License is deemed to be compatible with this sites Project:Copyrights which are under the Creative Commons 2.5 Licence. You can view the original Sakai help documentation, unedited, at http://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/help/

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