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Campus Active Directory Services at UVM

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Off-Campus access: UsingWebfiles

Documentation, information, discussions, and announcements concerning UVM's Active Directory based File Sharing, Printer Sharing and other Windows Server platform based services.
Off-campus access to files stored on "files.uvm.edu" and "zoofiles.uvm.edu" can be gained though the use of the web file manager gateway at:  https://webfiles.uvm.edu

Access to webfiles requires only an Internet connection and a web browser.  Simply enter "webfiles.uvm.edu" in your browser address bar, then enter your UVM NetID and password when prompted.  You will be presented with a web page that allows you to navigate though various UVM file server repositiories.  You can upload and download files using the interface.

Available file server repositories:

Files-Home:
    The Windows services home directory, generally avaialble to University employees as \\files.uvm.edu\{NetID}.  This directory contains the "MyDocs" directory used by the Offline Files client on CAMPUS domain-joined Windows computers.  Navigating to the "MyDocs" subdirectory of this directory will allow you to access the files generally found in "My Documents" on most University computers.

Files-Shared:
    The Windows services directory for departmental shares, generally available as \\files.uvm.edu\shared.  Many University departments keep shared directories on the network.  If your department is participating in this service, and you have been granted access, you will see your department's directory or directories here.  If you do not see any contents here, it is likely because your department is not participating in these services.

Zoofiles-Home:
    The home directory for all UVM affiliates, generally available as \\zoofiles.uvm.edu\{NetID}, or sftp://zoofiles.uvm.edu/{NetID}.  This is a general storage location for any files that you may need to keep as a result of your relationship with UVM.

Zoofiles-Webpage:
    The directory generally avaialable as \\zoofiles.uvm.edu\webpage, or \\zoofiles\{NetID}\public_html.  Contents of this directory are published to http://www.uvm.edu/~{NetID}.  Use this directory for web publishing, rather than Zoofiles-Home, to ensure that files uploaded here will have permissions set to allow Internet availability.

Getting help:

Webfiles has a built in help service.  Just click the blue "help" icon in the upper left of the web interface.  If you cannot get an answer to your question though the built-in help, you can contact the helpline at 802-656-2604 for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Can I use a WebDAV client (such as the "Network Places" feature of Windows, or the Macintosh Finder), to access Webfiles?
    • Webfiles does support WebDAV protocol.  Simply append "/hcwebdav" to the server address to use WebDAV.  If using Windows Explorer to connect, you could "map a drive" to "https://webfiles.uvm.edu/hcwebdav".  Note that while the Macintosh Finder does support the WebDAV protocol, it is not reliable when used with the Webfiles service.  We recommend that you use the standard Webfiles browser interface (accessed via Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers) on the Macintosh platform.
  • When I click on some entries in the Webfiles interface, I see an error stating that the folder does not exist or access is denied.  Why does this happen?
    • You may not have access to all of the file server resources made available though Webfiles.  If you feel that you should have access to a file server share and do not, contact your departmental IT coordinator for help.
  • When I open a Microsoft Office document from Webfiles, I have to enter my username and password both when I log on to Webfiles, and again after I open the document.  Why does this happen, and how can I make it stop?
    • When you open an Office document from Webfiles, you really are requesting that your computer start an Office program, and for that program to make a new connection to Webfiles.  Since your browser and Office cannot share logon sessions, you will be prompted to log on to Webfiles again by Office.  There is no way to change this behavior.  Office is engineered to not share security information with your browser, and vice versa.  This is done to prevent rogue web sites from hijacking your computer.
  • How can I download files from Webfiles using my Android phone or tablet?
    • At the time of this writing, the Android default web browser has known incompatibilities with Webfiles.  We recommend that you download an alternate browser for use on the Android platform.  The mobile version of the Firefox browser (freely available in the Android Marketplace), is known to work well with Webfiles.