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WebDAV : Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning
The WebDAV protocol is a framework which allows a user to create, move, and delete documents on a remote server. SHARCNet now provides a https WebDAV instance which can be accessed through a read-only web interface, a third party client, or in the case of unix-like computers by mounting it as a drive.
SHARCNet WebDAV Service Summary
Server URL: https://files.sharcnet.ca
Access Point: /home, /work, and /archive directories.
Backup Policy: Directory dependent.
Access Methods: Web interface, third party application, or drive mount.
Using the web interface
Currently, the web interface is read-only. You can view and download files from any of the three directories: /home, /work, or /archive. Writing to these directories or modifying the files in them is currently unavailable. In order to access the web interface enter the following into your browsers search bar, with your login identifier replacing "username". You may be prompted for your login and password. Click on the image below to see an example of a web interface.
Using a third party application (Windows)
For the purpose of this tutorial we will be using the software package BitKinex.
SHARCNET does not make claims of representation, is not affiliated with, endorsed, or in any way associated with BitKinex,
and we do not provide support or warranty for the product. You can use any third party WebDAV client with
our service. You can download the installer from www.bitkinex.com/download, note that the Windows 7 version
works with Windows 8
After you have downloaded and run the intaller, you will be presented with the 'Connection Type' screen. You will typically choose 'Direct Connection' to continue.
After you have chosen connection type (we chose direct connection for this tutorial) you are presented with the oportunity to throttle the bandwith used by BitKinex; only enable this option if other applications require a large amount of band width. Note, this will not decrease the amount of data transferred, only the speed at which the transfer occurs.
We will choose to configure the data source now (click finish).
In the next step we will specify the location of our WebDAV server. It is of type HTTPS and the address is 'https://files.sharcnet.ca'. The port will by default be 443, this is correct, leave it as is.
In the next screen we have un-selected the 'browse now' option as we still have to specify a sub-directory.
This step may or may not be necessary if you use a non-SHARCNET data source. At this point we click finish.
Now when you double click on files.sharcnet.ca you should see something similar to the following. On the right hand side
is your local file directory, and on the left hand side is your remote (SHARCNET) file directory. You can now cut/copy/paste or
drag/drop files from one to the other. If you make a change to your sharcnet directories from outside of this program, such as
on the command line, you will be required to refresh (press F5) in order to see the changes.