WebDAV

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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.

Once you have set up "WebDAV", your computer will treat your "Resources" section like any other folder on your local system. You will be able to drag and drop files and folders from "Resources" just as you would in My Computer or Computer in Windows, or the Finder on a Mac.

Important Considerations

Alternatives to Window's own WebDAV solutions

Some users have reported these tools to work quite well.

Cyberduck

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

AnyClient

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

Select your operating system below and follow the setup instructions

(The following information is from the latest version of Sakai 2.8 found at this address:
http://qa3-us.sakaiproject.org:8086/library/content/webdav_instructions.html).

Setting up WebDAV for Windows XP

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. Double-click on the My Network Places icon on your PC desktop or click Start > My Network Places.
  2. Click Add a network place on the left menu.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Make sure that Choose another network location is selected and click Next.
  5. In the Internet or network address field, type (or copy and paste) the Site ID URL for this site and click Next.
  6. When prompted, enter your CLEW username and your password and click OK.
  7. Enter a name for the course or project resources you are adding (e.g., History 101 Resources) and click Next.
  8. Click Finish to complete the set up.

When the setup process is complete, the course or project resources folder will appear in your My Network Places as a folder, where it will act just like any other folder in Windows Explorer. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site's Resources folder.

Setting up WebDAV for Windows Vista/Windows 7

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. From the desktop or the Start menu, click Computer.
  2. At the top of the window, click Map Network Drive.
  3. Select a vacant drive letter (e.g., Z) from the Drive drop down menu.
  4. In the Folder field, type (or copy and paste) the Site ID URL for this site. Click Finish.
  5. When prompted, enter your CLEW username and password and click OK.
  6. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder.

When the setup process is complete, the course or project resources folder will appear under Computer as a drive, where it will act just like any other drive in Windows Explorer. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site's Resources folder.

Alternate method of setting up WebDAV on Windows Vista/Windows 7

If the process above yields connections errors, you may be able to utilize the WebDAV functionality to access your files using a free third-party client called AnyClient. Follow this process to download, install, and configure AnyClient.

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. Download the AnyClient WebDAV client from: http://www.anyclient.com.
  2. Run the install.exe file and complete the setup wizard.
  3. If the installer did not automatically launch AnyClient, click Start > All Programs > AnyClient > AnyClient to open AnyClient.
  4. Click Connect at the bottom-left corner.
  5. Click New at the bottom-left corner and give this connection a meaningful name on the left menu (e.g., History 101 Resources).
  6. In the Host dialog box, type (or copy and paste) the Site ID URL path.
  7. Type in your CLEW username and password.
  8. In the Connection type drop box, select WebDAV.
  9. Click Save at the bottom of the window to save this connection for future use and click Connect.

Setting up WebDAV for Windows XP, Windows Vista / Windows 7 using Cyberduck

Open connection using Cyberduck

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client.
    • For Windows XP, Windows Vista and later, download the most recent software at: http://cyberduck.ch/
  2. Run the installer (Note: Bonjour is optional).
  3. You can choose to open Cyberduck when the installation completes or use the Cyberduck icon on your desktop.
  4. Click the Open Connection button.
  5. Select: WebDAV (HTTP/SSL)
  6. In Server, type (or copy and paste): clew.uwindsor.ca
  7. In Port, type (or copy and paste): 443
  8. Type in your CLEW UWin ID and password
  9. Click on More options and type (or copy and paste) in Folder or Path (depending on the version you are using) the last part of the "Step 1"
  10. URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx or Determining your site's SiteID
  11. Now click on Connect.
  12. You will now see a window on your screen that represents the resources that are in your site.

Simply drag and drop between this window and other folders on your PC to transfer files to and from your CLEW site's resources folder.

Setting up WebDAV for Mac using Cyberduck

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client.
  2. Decompress the file and double-click on the .dmg file. (Depending on the configuration of your decompression software, the disk image may automatically mount.)
  3. A disk image with a name similar to Cyberduck-2.8.5 should now be available. Simply drag and drop the folder from the disk image to your Applications folder.
  4. Open the Cyberduck application in your Applications folder.
  5. Click the Open Connection button.
  6. Select WebDAV
  7. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  8. In Port, type (or copy and paste): 80
  9. Type in your CLEW username and password
  10. Click on More options and type (or copy and paste) in Folder or Path (depending on the version you are using) the last part of the "Step 1" URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx or Determining your site's SiteID
  11. Now click on Connect.

You will now see a window on your Mac screen that represents the resources that are in your site. Simply drag and drop between this window and other Finder windows on your Mac to transfer files to and from your CLEW site's resources folder.

Some quick connect instructions and illustrations are found in the .pdf document below. File:MacCyberduckQuickConnect.pdf

Setting up WebDAV for Mac (OS 10.4 - 10.6)

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. From the menu bar at the top of the screen in Finder, select Go > Connect to Server...
  2. In the Server Address dialog box, type (or copy and paste) the SiteID path.
  3. Press the + button to save this path for future use.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. Type in your username and password and click Connect.

You will now see a window on your screen that represents the resources in your site. You can now drag and drop files into or out of this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (Gnome)

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

Note: Some versions of Linux might have problems accessing My Workspace's resources, but the access to all other sites types will work fine (course, project, etc.).

  1. Go to Places > Connect to Server...
  2. In Service type select WebDav .
  3. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  4. In Port, type (or copy and paste): 80
  5. In Folder, type (or copy and paste) the last part of the SiteID URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
  6. Check the option Add bookmark
  7. In Bookmark name, supply the name of the folder to create under "Network" and click Next.
  8. Now click on Connect.
  9. Finally, you will be asked to supply your CLEW password.

You will now see a new drive under Places. This represents the resources in your site. It will act like any other folder on your computer. You can now drag and drop files into or out of this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (KDE)

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

Note: There are some versions of Linux that might have problems accessing My Workspace's resources, but the access to all other sites types will work fine (course, project, etc.).

  1. Open the file manager (Dolphin).
  2. On the left side, in Places, choose Network.
  3. Click on Add network folder.
  4. Check web folder (webdav) and click on Next.
  5. In Name supply the name of the folder to create under "Network" and click Next.
  6. In User supply your CLEW username.
  7. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  8. In Folder, type (or copy and paste) the last part of the SiteID URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
  9. If the URL uses HTTPS, check the option Encoded, and the port will change automatically to 80.
  10. Check the option Create an icon for this remote folder.
  11. Now click on Save and connect.
  12. Finally, you will be asked to supply your CLEW password.

You will now see a new drive under Network inside the file manager (Dolphin). This represents the resources in your site. It will act like any other folder from your computer. You can now drag and drop files into or out of this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (console)

Please see the Important Considerations section before you begin.

  1. Open a new terminal.
  2. Type in the command cadaver URL from SiteID
  3. You might be asked to accept a certificate
  4. Type in your Sakai username and password
  5. Now you can download and upload documents from the command line.

Type help for all available commands.

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