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Laulima: Upload & Download Multiple Files via WebDAV

Laulima: Upload & Download Multiple Files via WebDAV

WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning”. WebDAV can be used to manage files (eg. upload/download) on remote web servers (eg. Laulima). The interface is similar to having an external hard drive/flash drive attached to your computer, allowing you to drag copies of multiple files to the server.

For more information on WebDAV see: http://webdav.org

You can use WebDAV to upload multiple files to the Resources Tool in Laulima. You can also access information on how to do this via the “Upload-Download Multiple Resources” link in the Resources Tool within Laulima or at the TALENT page (http://www.hawaii.edu/talent).

WebDAV works differently depending on which computer operating system you use (eg. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OSX Tiger, Mac OSX Leopard, etc). Listed below is basic information on setting up some common operating systems to connect with Laulima via WebDAV.

Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows 7 and up
Apple Mac OSX 10.0 (Cheetah) - 10.1 (Puma)
Apple Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) - 10.4 (Tiger)
Apple Mac OSX 10.5 and up


Microsoft Windows XP

Note: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

After logging into the space in Laulima you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1")

  1. Double-click on the My Network Places icon on your PC desktop to open the Network Places folder
  2. Double-click on the Add Network Place icon
  3. Click Next
  4. Click on the bottom choice: "Choose another network location"
  5. Click Next
  6. In the "Internet or network address" field, type or paste the URL listed in the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link.
  7. Click Next
    Note: If you receive an alert such as "The folder you've entered does not appear to be valid," it could be there are no resources yet in your site. Go to the site and add a file to initialize the Resources folder, then return to Step 1.
  8. Enter your username and your password
  9. Enter a name for the course or project resources you are adding. This name is used on your computer when referencing the course or project resource folder.
  10. Click "Finish" to complete the set up.
  11. When the setup is complete, the course or project resources folder will appear in your My Network Places as a folder. It will also show up under My Network
  12. Places in Windows Explorer, where it will act just like any other folder in Windows Explorer.
  13. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder.

Note 2: If you are using Internet Explorer, clicking on the link in "Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” to start setting up the WebDAV process.


Microsoft Windows Vista

Note 1: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

Note 2: There are a number of known issues with support for WebDAV in Windows Vista. You may therefore experience difficulties using WebDAV as described below. However, Microsoft has a software update available that may help correct connection problems for some users. For information about the update and how to download it, see article 907306 in the Microsoft knowledge base at http://support.microsoft.com/ (direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=17C36612-632E-4C04-9382-987622ED1D64&displaylang=en).

After logging into the space in Laulima you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1"), you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

  1. From the desktop, click Computer.
  2. Click Map Network Drive.
  3. On the Map Network Drive screen, click "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures", and then click Next.
  4. Click "Choose a custom network location", and then click Next.
  5. In the "Internet or network address" field, type or paste the URL listed in the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link, and then click Next.
  6. When prompted, enter your username and password.
  7. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder.

Microsoft Windows 7 and Up - Using Cyberduck

Note: Connecting to Laulima through WebDAV/web folders currently does not work with Windows 7. ITS is aware of this issue, and we are working with Microsoft to resolve it.

Though not officially supported by UH, Cyberduck is a free application which supports WebDAV, and can be used for problems being encountered with Windows 7 and WebDAV.

After installing Cyberduck using its wizard, you can run the program; or if it was previously installed, launch it from the Start menu or shortcut.

In your web browser, log into the space in Laulima in your web browser you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources. You will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1"), you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

  1. Using the WebDAV information you copied from Laulima, paste this inthe “Quick Connect” field (field to the right of the "Open Connection" icon, then hit return on your keyboard.
  2. Enter your username and password (if you see the "Anonymous Login" box is checked, uncheck it first) 
  3. Recommended to uncheck “Save Password" unless you know you will be the only accessing the computer (Optional)
  4. Click the Login button to access site’s Resources with WebDAV.

The window will then show the contents of your Resources folder. You can then drag files to and from this window to copy files, or move files into different folders in Laulima, etc

*Note that previously some versions of Windows appeared to have issues with the current version of Cyberduck. The recommendation for that was to try the previous version of Cyberduck (4.3.1). This issue should now be resolved (August 2014).

Alternative: Using AnyClient

Though not officially supported by UH, AnyClient is a free application which supports WebDAV, and can be used as a temporary solution for problems being encountered with Windows 7 and WebDAV.

Download the AnyClient application to your computer by selecting the Download tab from the AnyClient website: http://www.anyclient.com. You are required to enter an email address before you are prompted to download the install.exe client for Windows.

Note: There may be other applications offered via this installation. You can opt to not install these other applications (you may need to uncheck some items in the process).

In your web browser, log into the space in Laulima in your web browser you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area, you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

In AnyClient, you will need to add a new site for each course in Laulima you wish to connect to using WebDAV. You will need to determine a SiteID for the new site being added before proceeding. To determine the SiteID, login to Laulima and click on the tab for the course you wish to setup as the new site. On the course tab, click on Resources, then Upload-Download Multiple Resources and you will find the SiteID. Copy this down to use for setting up the new site.

New sites can be added by selecting File, then Site Manager. Fill out the information that is required as follows:

  • Host - enter the SiteID determined above (i.e. https://laulima.hawaii.edu/dav/<yoursiteID>)
  • Username - enter your UH Username
  • Password - enter your UH Username password
  • Connection type - select WebDAV


Be sure to save your newly added site before connecting so you will not need to re-enter the information on subsequent connections.

After launching AnyClient, the left window will display files and folders on your local computer, while the right window will display files and folders on the Laulima course you setup. Browse the files and folders on your local computer or within your Laulima course by selecting the appropriate folder icon.

To transfer files between your local computer and Laulima course, select a file or folder, then use the double arrows (either >> or <<) located between the local computer window on the left and the Laulima course window on the right to upload (>>) or download (<<). Selected files or folders can also be uploaded/downloaded from your local computer to your Laulima course (and vice versa) by selecting the desired files or folders and dragging them from your local computer window to the Laulima course window. When dragging files between your local computer and Laulima course windows, you will notice an addition sign next to your mouse to let you know the selected files or folders will be added. Below your local computer and Laulima course windows, there is a text area which will display any actions being performed on your Laulima course. For example, if uploading a file, you would see text indicating the name of the file that was uploaded, the directory the file was uploaded to, the file size, and if the transfer was successful or unsuccessful.

Alternative: Windows 8 Mapping a Network Drive

Microsoft tends to change their WebDAV implementation with different versions of Windows, so we generally advise one of the other options above. However, sometimes mapping a network drive works better than those options.

  1. Either click Start and select "Computer" or search for "Computer"
  2. Choose "Map network drive" from the quick menu
  3. In the "Drive" drop down menu, choose a drive letter that is not being used (generally one toward the end of the alphabet)
  4. In the "Folder" field, paste the web address in the site's “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link.
  5. Click "Finish"
  6. Log in

The window will then show the contents of your Resources folder. You can then drag files to and from this window to copy files, or move files into different folders in Laulima, etc


Apple Mac OSX 10.0 (Cheetah) - 10.1 (Puma) - Using Goliath

Note : There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

In your web browser, log into the space in Laulima in your web brows you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1"), you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

In older Macintosh operating systems (or in current ones if desired) Goliath can be used to establish a WebDAV connection. Though the software not officially supported by UH, you can go to the Goliath homepage (http://www.webdav.org/goliath) to download the software. After installation, double-click on it’s icon to launch it.

  1. Once in Goliath, click the “File” menu, then select “New” Connection…”
  2. In the WebDav Connection dialog box, type or paste the web address in the site's “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link.
  3. Type in your username and password.
  4. Click "OK"
  5. You will now see a window on your Mac screen that represents the resources that are in your site. You can now drag and drop files into or from this window or use the "Web" menu to upload and download files.

Apple Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) - 10.4 (Tiger)

Note: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

In your web browser, log into the space in Laulima in your web browser you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1"), you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

  1. From the Finder, select "Go" from the menu bar and then select "Connect to Server..." (or click "Command + K")
  2. In the resulting dialog box, type ior paste the site's url found in the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources.
  3. Press the "+" button to save this path for future use. (Optional)
  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Type in your username and password and click "OK"

You will now see a window on your Macintosh screen that represents the resources in your site. You can now drag and drop files to or from this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

You can also use the Goliath software as detailed in the instructions for Apple Mac OSX 10.0 (Cheetah) - 10.1 (Puma).


Apple Mac OSX 10.5 and Up - Using Cyberduck

Note: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

The "Go" menu for WebDAV may not work in Leopard (and above) as it does in OSX 10.4, so although UH does not officially support it, you may want to download and install Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch).

After installing Cyberduck, double-click it's icon to launch it.

In your web browser, log into the space in Laulima in your web browser you want and clicking the “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link in Resources, you will be presented with a page of information on how to set up WebDAV with specific operating systems. Copy the web address of your Resources area (under "Step 1"), you can even paste it into a document for future reference if you want.

  1. Using the WebDAV information you copied from Laulima, paste this inthe “Quick Connect” field, then hit return on your keyboard.
  2. Enter your username and password (if you see the "Anonymous Login" box is checked, uncheck it first) 
  3. Recommended to uncheck “Add to Keychain”, as a security precaution (Optional)
  4. Click the Login button to access site’s Resources with WebDAV.

The window will then show the contents of your Resources folder. You can then drag files to and from this window to copy files, or move files into different folders in Laulima, etc

*Note that previously some versions of Mac OSX appeared to have issues with the current version of Cyberduck. The recommendation for that was to try the previous version of Cyberduck (4.3.1). This issue should now be resolved (August 2014).

Alternative: Mac OSX Mavericks Connect to Server

Apple tends to change their WebDAV implementation with different versions of OSX, so we generally advise the use Cyberduck. However, sometimes using the built in "Connect to Server" method works better than Cyberduck.

  1. In Finder, click  the "Go" menu item and then select "Connect to Server.
  2. Type/paste the in the site's “Upload-Download Mulitple Resource” link.
  3. Click "Connect"
  4. Enter your username and password and OK it.

The window will then show the contents of your Resources folder. You can then drag files to and from this window to copy files, or move files into different folders in Laulima, etc

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Article ID: 1113
Created: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 1:49pm
Modified: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 1:48pm