Information for Windows users
Remote file access using WebDAV
You can access the file store at the
Computer laboratory using WebDAV over https to the server svr-webdav.ad.cl.cam.ac.uk.
The area of your private filespace that is visible can be controlled by users
according to their needs. File protection and access rights via this
method are identical to those available within the laboratory. You should
not use WebDAV with a VPN, the latter is not needed and will result in much
To use the service you first need to set the scope of the filespace you will expose over WebDAV. This is determined by the contents of the folder (directory)
webdav in your
It can either be a real folder or a symbolic link to something else;
creating the latter must be done from the Linux
operating system. To expose the superhome itself you need to loopback via
../crsid rather than creating a link to the current directory pointer '.'.
will get you to your superhome. Check you really are in your superhome - you should see at least two folders one named unix_home and another called windows_home, if you do not see those then you are not in your super-home. Then you can either create a new folder there and put files there explicitly:
Or you could link to an existing folder in your current unix (or windows) home e.g.:
ln -s unix_home/public_html webdav
This would make your www pages accessible via WebDAV. To see all your files you need to link as follows
ln -s ../crsid webdav
In all cases above, replace the string crsid with your own login identifier.
Connecting from MacOS
MacOS supports direct connection to WebDAV folders via the Finder. Click on the screen backgroup to make the finder active. Then select Go form the finder menu and then Connect to Server. A dialogue box will pop up requesting a server address, this should be https://svr-webdav.ad.cl.cam.ac.uk/webdav/crsid where your login identifier is used in place of the 'crsid' tag. Add the string by clicking the + button, then click on the Connect button.
A dialogue box will appear asking for your username and password. The username must be in the form firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is your laboratory systems password. Once entered a folder should open on the desktop with the files displayed.
Connecting from Windows
Open an explorer window by clicking on My Computer. Select Map Network Drive (this is either in a bar at the top of the window or member of one of the menu items depending on the version of Windows you are running). In the dialog box enter as the name of the folder https://svr-webdav.ad.cl.cam.ac.uk/webdav/crsid where your login identifier is used in place of the 'crsid' tag.
Click on the finish button. In the dialog that follows insert your laboratory credentials as shown
and click OK. The folder will open showing the files.
Connecting from Linux
You first need to load the appropriate package e.g.
apt-get install davfs2
You can then mount the WebDAV folder using a command such as
The WebDAV folder should then be mounted on /mnt.