Uploading files to Resources using WebDAV with Windows


Introduction

WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that lets users collaboratively edit and manage files on a remote web server.

You can use WebDAV to upload and access files in your site's Resources, if you have the required permissions.

Notes:

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Using Windows 8, 7 or Windows Vista

Although Windows 8, 7 and Windows Vista allow you to map a network drive for WebDAV transfers, the process is not always reliable. Cyberduck is an open source, modern file transfer program that may work better and reduce the complexity and problems sometimes encountered with the built-in process. When downloading using the link below, make sure you select the file for the appropriate operating system on the left so you don't inadvertently install unwanted software:
Cyberduck
Download Cyberduck and after installing it:

  1. Copy the URL provided in your Sakai site under Resources > Upload-Download Multiple Resources.

  2. Open the Cyberduck application.

  3. Paste the URL in the Quick Connect field and press the Enter key.
    Cyberduck - Quick Connect

  4. Uncheck Anonymous Login.
    Cyberduck - Unchecl Anonymous Login.

  5. Type your UDelNet ID and Password in the appropriate fields.

  6. Click Login.

  7. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder. You may need to refresh your browser for the files to appear in your directory in Resources.

After you have made the connection you can use the Bookmark menu to save the URL for the Sakai site; it will be available using the Quick Connect pull-down menu.

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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.

Adding a Network Place

A Network Place Wizard is a shortcut to your computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV:

  1. On the Desktop, double-click My Network Places. (You can also double-click My Computer and click My Network Places on the left.)

  2. In the Network Tasks pane on the left, click Add a network place.

  3. On the welcome screen, click Next.

  4. Select Choose another network location, then click Next.

  5. Copy and paste the URL provided in your Sakai site under Resources > Upload-Download Multiple Resources.

  6. Click Next.

    Note: If you receive an alert such as "The folder you've entered does not appear to be valid," it could be that there are no resources in your site yet. Go to the site and add a file to initialize the Resources folder then return to Step 1.

  7. Type your UDelNet ID and password in the appropriate fields.

  8. Click Finish.

  9. You may be asked to type your username and password again in a new window. If a moving flashlight appears, try rearranging or minimizing windows to find the login dialog box.

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.

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