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Accessing folders via WebDAV on Windows

WebDAV means Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers (meaning by remote access to the content of the web-server). It was defined in rfc4918 and evolved to a de-facto standard.

Files (or folders) stored in the cloud can be accessed via WebDAV but the access is not available if you are syncing folders between clients only. Many operating systems come with built-in WebDAV support and allow to upload, access and explore files stored in the FAUbox without the client or any additional software installed.On faubox.rrze.fau.de all WebDAV traffic will be SSL-encrypted.

I. Access to WebDAV URL

In order to get access to your FAUbox-folders via WebDAV, you need an WebDAV-URL.
The WebDAV-URL could be either:

1. https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav
or
2. https://faubox.rrze.uni.erlangen.de/webdav/foldername

If you want to access all of the FAUbox-folders, you have to use the first URL while the second one is useful in case you only want to get acces to one single toplevel-folder. In order to get access to the content of a single toplevel-folder, you have to add the foldername to the first URL. Example: If the toplevel-folder is called Apple, the URL would be: https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav/Apple

The address can be used in any WebDAV client to access the contents of a folder stored in the cloud.


You can only access folder created and owned by you!

 

II. Instructions for employees and students of affiliated institutions (SSO oder Single Sign-On-users)

Please note: You will find the instruction for the guests further below.

To access folders via WebDAV, you will need (besides the the WebDAV-URL) an authentication token which will authenticate you as the rightful user, and your username which is usually your SSO-username (EduPersonPrincipalName) in the form of <IdM-username>@uni-domain.de.

Summary:
Login: <IdM-username@<domain>
Password: <WebDAV-token>

The <domain> could be:

  • uni-erlangen.de
  • h-ab.de
  • th-ab.de
  • hs-coburg.de
  • hs-ansbach.de
  • ku.de
  • thi.de
  • th-nuernberg.de
1. To find the authentication token

1. Open the client and log in.
2. Open the Explorer.
3. Write into the bar: %appdata%\FAUbox\

4. Open the file Powerfolder.config

5. Search for the line: server.connect.token.webdav=…
The part following the ‘=’ is the token needed for the WebDAV-authentication.

2. Setting up WebDAV

1. Open the Windows Explorer.
2. Right-click Computer in the left navigation pane.
3. Click on Map network drive…
4. Select a free drive letter under the Drive drop-down.
5. Enter the WebDAV URL of the folder into the Folder field.
6. Check the Connect using different credentials checkbox.
7. Click on Finish.

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8. Connect using the access information described above (<IdM-username>@uni-erlangen.de + authentication token).

Via command line

1. Open a Command Prompt window (or start cmd.exe).

Use the following net use command to mount your folder to a drive letter of your choice.

net use * https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav/ExampleFolder /user:username password /persistent:yes

 Replace https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav/ExampleFolder with the WebDAV-URL for the folder you want to mount.
Example:
net use * https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav/Apple /user: username password/ persistent: yes

 To access not only to one folder but the whole content of your FAUbox, leave an empty line between ‘…webdav/‘ and ‘/user:…
net use * https://faubox.rrze.uni-erlangen.de/webdav/ /user:username password /persistent:yes

Replace username with <IdM-username>@<domain> and the password with the authentication token as described above.

 

 “persistent:yes” means that the connection to the network drive will be restored every time you switch on your computer  while “persistent:no” means, that the connection will be disconnected once you shut down your computer.

 

3. Disconnect WebDAV Connection

If you want to disconnect the network drive:

  1.  OpenExplorer.
  2.  Right-click on the network drive in the left-navigation pane.
  3.  Select Disconnect.
  4. Save and close any affected files that you have opened over the connection if you have not already done it. Then confirm your intention.
  5. There you go! The connection to the network drive is now disconnected.