Connecting to Secure webDAV folders on vault.iarc.uaf.edu

Contents

Overview
Request a web folder
Windows 2000 and XP
Vista and Win 7
Mac OS X
Linux
Import the CA Certificate
Help


Overview
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webDAV is a protocol for implementing web folders that is OS independent. On
Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, one typically has a folder on the desktop from
which files may be dragged and dropped, with storage occuring on IARC hardware.
In addition, read-only access is available through a web browser at
https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name> on any OS.
Connections are password protected and encrypted, while folder contents are 
accessible world-wide, and backed-up nightly. Collaborative group folders may
also be created, where each user has their own password.

This 2.0 TB shared resource is not intended for very large files, i.e. file sizes 
should be on the order of tens of megabytes at most, and a large number of files
to be uploaded over a short period of time may experience a disconnect.


Request a web folder
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Users must be IARC affiliated. To request a web folder, send email to jlong_AT_iarc_DOT_uaf_DOT_edu


Windows 2000 and XP
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  • Start --> My Network Places --> Add a network place
  • Choose another network location
  • Enter https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name>
  • Enter username and password
  • Name the folder
  • Folder can be dragged from My Network Places to Desktop Vista and Win 7 ===============
  • Start --> Computer --> Map network drive
  • Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures
  • Choose a custom network location
  • Enter https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name>
  • Enter username and password
  • Name the folder
  • Folder can be dragged from My Computer to Desktop
  • The folder may not reconnect after a reboot, forcing a repeat of this procedure
  • *DO NOT* install Microsoft's "Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306)", this is an old update that is unstable on up-to-date vista installations.
  • Alternatively, open a "Command Prompt" window, and type net use * https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name> The windows client is not robust, consider using one of the following if you have difficulty:
  • cyberduck is a free FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files, Google Docs & Amazon S3 Browser.
  • NetDrive is a free for "non-commercial home use" client that can reconnect automatically at boot-up. Use the following settings with your own "Site name" and "Drive" (see Help): Site IP or URL: vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name> Port: 443 Server Type: WebDav Advanced pane: check "Use HTTPS"
  • bitkinex is a free ftp/sftp/webdav client with no restrictions. Mac OS X ========
  • Finder --> Go --> Connect to Server Server Address: https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name>/ Note the trailing slash ('/'), which seems to be required only in newer versions of OS X. If all else fails for OS X, try cyberduck. Linux =====
  • Gnome menu bar --> Places --> Connect to Server Service type: Secure WebDAV (HTTPS) Server: vault.iarc.uaf.edu Folder: <folder name> User Name: your username
  • KDE Konqueror file manager window --> Location bar webdavs://username@vault.iarc.uaf.edu:443
  • KDE System Menu --> Network Places --> Add a Network --> Webfolder User: your username Server: vault.iarc.uaf.edu Folder: <folder name> "Use encryption: must be checked
  • command line, assumes davfs file system support: sudo mount -t davfs https://vault.iarc.uaf.edu/<folder name> /path/to/suitable/location CAUTION: file transfer size is limited by the amount of disk space available for /var/cache, see 'man davfs2.conf' for details on how to change davfs2.conf Import the CA Certificate ========================= Occasional browser complaints about untrusted certificates can be silenced by importing vault's certificate. Google this topic for your platform to import the certificate. For windows, it will go into "Trusted Root Certificate Authorities". Help ==== Send email to jlong_AT_iarc_DOT_uaf_DOT_edu