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Using WebDav

The Central Web Server 2 uses WebDav for updating web content. In order to use WebDav to manage your web site you must first have your NetID registered for that web site. Then you must use an application or an operating system which supports WebDav over SSL (not just WebDav alone). SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an encryption mechanism which protects your web data in transit. Even if you do not consider your data private, SSL is required to protect your netid and password when you sign on at the start of a session.


WebDav URL

If your site name is mysite, your WebDav URL would be:
    https://web2.uconn.edu:4443/mysite
Simply replace mysite with your web account name.


Setting up WebDav in Dreamweaver

Most web development applications support WebDav. The program Dreamweaver from Adobe is one such application. Dreamweavers' implementation of WebDav is slightly different depending on the version you use.

To set-up WebDav in Dreamweaver CS5:
(Watch the demonstration)

  1. Select "Site" from the top menu
  2. Select "New Site..." from the menu
  3. Select "Servers" from the left menu
  4. Select the plus sign to add a new server.
  5. Server name is https://web2.uconn.edu
  6. Connect using: WebDav
  7. URL: https://web2.uconn.edu:4443/mysite (mysite = your account name)
  8. Username & Password: Enter your NetID and NetID password. (If you've forgotten your NetID password you can reset it at netid.uconn.edu)
  9. Leave fields under "advanced" at their default settings.

Your window should look like this:

screen - dreamweaver settings

 

To set-up WebDav in Dreamweaver 8, CS 3 and CS 4:
(Watch the demonstration)

  1. Select "Site" from the top menu
  2. Select "New Site..." from the menu
  3. At the top of the page, select the "Advanced" tab
  4. On the left of the window, select "Remote Info"
  5. Set Web Access to "WebDAV"
  6. For URL, enter: https://web2.uconn.edu:4443/mysite (mysite = your account name)
  7. Enter your NetID and NetID password. (If you've forgotten your NetID password you can reset it at netid.uconn.edu)
  8. Make sure that "Enable file check in and check out" is NOT checked
  9. Your window should look something like this:

  10. Click the OK button. You should be all set.

Connecting to WebDav with an Operating System

Windows - Vista

your computer must have Microsoft's Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306) installed in order for WebDAV to function properly with Vista.

Windows - XP, 2000

Watch Flash Video Demonstration

Troubleshooting:

 

Mac OS X

Troubleshooting:

Mac OS 9

Mac OS9 does cannot connect to ther server through the OS, use Goliath instead.

Linux

There are several Linux distributions and desktop environments. Rather than give detailed instructions for each, we'll just mention a few universal methods for using WebDav: