Q. Using Windows Vista Network Places, how do I access my files on the web server?

A. Use the "Add a Network Location Wizard" as demonstrated in the following steps.

Create a new connection using the Add a Network Location Wizard

Before you can create a Web Folder connection you need an account on an SSU web server or student web server, username & password, and the URL of the folder that you can save files to. If you don't have these, visit the IT Help Desk to obtain an account.

  1. Open the Start menu and click "Computer". This will open Windows Explore.
    Screenshot #1: Start Menu.

  2. Right-Click on "Computer" and select "Add a Network Location".
    Screenshot #2: Selecting "Add a Network Location" on your computer.

  3. The “Add Network Location” wizard is opened. Click Next.
    Screenshot #3: "Welcome to the Add Network Location Wizard".

  4. When the wizard asks, “Where do you want to create this network location?”, select “Choose a custom network location”, and then click Next.
    Screen Shot #4: Where you select, "Choose a custom network location".

  5. Enter your WebDAV URL into the field labeled, "Internet or Network address", then click Next.

    Note: The IT Helpdesk or Web Office should have given you a WebDAV URL when you got your web server account. See the WebDAV settings FAQ for example of a WebDAV URL.
    Screen Shot #5: Where you enter Internet or IP address.

  6. Enter your Seawolf (LDAP) Username and Seawolf (LDAP) Password. Click Ok.
    Note: If you are using a computer in a lab, library or other shared computing space, uncheck the "Save this password" option.
    Screen Shot #6: Where you type type your Seawolf username and password.

  7. Type in a name for this Network Location shortcut, and then click Next.
    Screenshot #7: Where you type in the shortcut name for your Network Location.

  8. You have successfully created your network location. You can tell the wizard to open the network place immediately by checking the "Open this network location when I click finish" check-box. It will open your web folder in Windows Explore. Click Finish.
    Screenshot #8: Completing the Add a Network Location Wizard.

    • If you checked the "Open this network location when I click finish" check-box, but didn't’t save your username and password in Step 6, you will be prompted to enter your username and password again.
    • If you did not check the "Open this network location when I click finish" check-box, you will now find a new Network Location shortcut for the campus web server in your Network Locations section of Windows Explore. Double-click it to connect to the web server.

Using your Network Locations connection

You can copy files to and from your connection that you created as you would any other folder on your hard drive, diskette, or file server.

To upload files to the web server, drag them and any supporting folders and files to the newly created connection.

To download files from the web server, double-click on the Network Location shortcut icon to connect. Drag the file or folder you want to download to your desktop, hard drive, or folder where you'd like to work on it.

Some web editing programs will allow you to save directly to the connection.

If you get an error when you try to set up a Network Places connection to the campus web server, it could be your computer needs a software update to Web Folders. The page listed below links to the Web Folders update and Microsoft Knowledge base articles describing the issues in detail.