Middlebury

WebDav

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WebDAV provides a new way to remotely access files stored on the Middlebury servers. It is supported by recent versions of OSX and Windows, and may work on some versions of Linux as well.

WebDav for Mac users

  1. Open the Finder by clicking on the desktop.
  2. From the Go menu select Connect to Server.
  3. In the Server Address field type this URL:
     https://middfiles.middlebury.edu 
  4. Click the + button to save this address as a favorite.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Supply your username & password when prompted. A Finder window will open showing the Middfiles folder structure. You may now work with your server files directly or by using drag-and-drop to transfer them to and from your computer.
  7. When you have finished working, you can right-click the desktop Middfiles.middlebury.edu icon then choose "Eject" -- or simply drag the icon to the Trash.

WebDav for Win 7 users

  1. Right-click the Computer icon on your desktop (if this icon is not present, click the Start Orb -- you'll see listed at right) then select Map Network Drive from the pop-up menu. The Map Network Drive window opens.
  2. In the Drive drop-down list, select an unused drive letter.
  3. In the Folder field type this URL:
     https://middfiles.middlebury.edu 
    .
  4. Click Finish.
  5. Supply your username & password when prompted. Windows Explorer will show the Middfiles folder structure. You may now work with your server files directly or by using drag-and-drop to transfer them to and from your computer.
Note for frequent users: If you request the "reconnect at login" option because you plan to be a frequent WebDav user, you will receive a pop-up message in the lower-right when you turn on your computer: "Could not reconnect all network drives." This is normal and no cause for concern; it reflects the fact that the WebDav drive is not yet available as it requires you to log in first. Open Windows Explorer then double-click the appropriate drive to log in and access your files.

WebDav for Win 8 users

  1. Follow the instructions found here to map a drive to this URL:
     https://middfiles.middlebury.edu 
  2. Supply your username & password when prompted. Windows Explorer will show the Middfiles folder structure. You may now work with your server files directly or by using drag-and-drop to transfer them to and from your computer.
Note for frequent users: If you request the "reconnect at login" option because you plan to be a frequent WebDav user, you will receive a pop-up message in the lower-right: "Could not reconnect all network drives." This is normal and no cause for concern; it reflects the fact that the WebDav drive is not yet available as it requires you to log in first. Open File Explorer then double-click the appropriate drive to log in and access your files.

WebDav for Win XP users

  1. Go to My Network Places, and click on Add Network Place at the top of the left sidebar.
  2. The window that pops up is the Add Network Place Wizard. Click Next.
  3. Click to specify where you want to create this network space, then click Next.
  4. In the Internet or Network Address field, type this URL:
     https://middfiles.middlebury.edu 
    then click Next.
  5. A window asking for your username and password will pop up. Enter your login credentials as requested, then click OK then click Next.
  6. Enter a name for your WebDav space -- this is the name you will see in the My Network Places listing.
  7. Click Finish.
Note: To access your WebDav space in future, launch Windows Explorer and look in My Network Places. You will need to log in with your username and password.

Web-browser access and links

You may notice that the WebDAV URL for MiddFiles, https://middfiles.middlebury.edu, looks just like a normal website URL; that's because it is! While you can't upload or move files through your browser, you can navigate to https://middfiles.middlebury.edu in your browser and download your files from anywhere. This is especially useful for mobile devices that may not have support for drive mapping.

Using WebDAV to link to files

You can use the WebDAV URL of files and folders in MiddFiles to provide password-protected access to these files from WordPress, Drupal, or other web sites. Only users with access to the folder or file will be able to access the folder/file.

For example, here is a link to the Print Drivers folder and here is a link to the Skype for Windows installer: SkypeSetupFull.exe.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://middfiles.middlebury.edu in your browser, you will be prompted to log in if you aren't already.
  2. Navigate to the folder or file of interest. Copy the URL of the folder or file.
  3. Make a link in your website, blog, or email to that URL. Others will be able to click on it to download the file or browse the folder in their web browser.