Remote access is a convenient way for students to connect to the following IT services provided by Business School IT while travelling or at home:
- Blackboard - connect to Blackboard, the Business School eLearning system.
- Virtual Computer Lab - remote access to computer lab software.
- My Data WebDAV (Network Files) - access your Business School personal and shared network files.
You will need to use your Business School login details and have access to a fast and reliable internet connection in all cases.
Business School staff and students can log into the Blackboard site that is hosted by Business School IT to access course materials, discussion groups, academic records and assessments.
To access Blackboard, type the following into the address field of any web browser or just click on the link below:
For more Blackboard assistance go to the Blackboard site and click on the "For Students" or "For Staff" tabs.
Most of the software currently used in the Business School computer labs may be accessed and used remotely via an internet browser, by connecting to a pool of "virtual" lab computers.
Please refer to the Virtual Lab instructions guide for the requirements before you connect to the Virtual Lab.
To access the virtual lab visit the link below:
Note that not all Computer Lab software is available in the Virtual Lab due to license restrictions.
WebDAV is an extension of the HTTP protocol which allows editing and managing of documents on a remote web server.
The Business School MyData allows for WebDAV access for staff and students to their files stored on the Business School file server. The Business School MyData WebDAV access is secured by SSL encryption to protect account details and data.
The drive details can be viewed from the link below:
Please see the instructions further below for your Operating System on how to connect to the MyData via WebDAV.
Once connected to WebDAV you simply use your documents and files as you would normally whilst in the office. For best results save the files to your computer, edit them, and then upload them back up to the desired location.
- Do not open database files, such as Microsoft Access or FileMaker Pro, remotely using WebDAV. Please save database file types to your computer and open them up from the local computer copy. The Business School will not be responsible for any data lost due to improper use.
- You should not use special characters in the folder and file names, in particular + (plus), % (percent) and & (ampersand).
Windows XP Access
To permanently have the MyData WebDAV listed and accessible in Windows XP perform the following:
- Double-click My Network Places on the desktop .
- Choose Add a Network Place from the left-hand column. This opens the Add a Network Place Wizard.
- Follow the instructions. When it asks Where do you want to create this network place? select Choose another network location.
- For the Internet or network address field, copy the appropriate MyData WebDAV URL to it
- E.g. to connect to the home drive (P drive) use https://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive (note the https, this is the secure site)
- Enter your Business School username and password when prompted.
- Give the link a new name if desired otherwise leave it as the default.
You may now open up, or drag and drop files between your computer and the MyData site. Repeat all of the above, as required, if you want to add the other drives like N drive or R drive.
The drives are available in My Network Places. To access them either:
- Double Click on the My Network Places icon in Windows XP and the WebDAV drive(s) will be listed in the Network Places.
- Open up Windows Explorer, scroll down to the bottom, and click the + sign next to My Network Places. The WebDAV drive(s) will be listed .
You can also use the Map Network Drive instructions as below in Windows 7 if you wish for the MyData drive(s) to be mapped to drive letters.
To map a drive to the MyData WebDAV in Windows 7 simply:
- Open up Windows Explorer.
- Right-Click on Computer and select Map Network Drive.
- Choose the spare drive letter you wish to map, tick the Reconnect at logon button if you want this to be a persistent connection to and fill in the folder details.
- E.g. to access your home drive (P drive) type in the URL https://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive
- When prompted fill in your Business School username and password.
When uploading or downloading files for the first time you may be for your username and password.
If you are more comfortable with a command line, then it can be done from there too. Simply open up a command prompt and type in net use <drive letter> and the MyData site you want to connect. For example:
- net use * https://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive
This maps the P drive WebDAV to the next available drive letter on your machine.
- net use X: https://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive
This forces the P drive WebDAV to map to the X drive letter.
- Click on Finder.
- From the Finder menu select Go > Connect to Server.
- Type in the address of the MyData WebDAV site you want to connect to, then press the + button to save it as a favourite.
- E.g. to access your MyData home drive (P drive) type in the URL https://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive
- Fill in your Business School username and password.
The Gnome GUI file browser Nautilus supports WebDAV connections. Just open Nautilus and type in the MyData site you wish to connect to then fill in your username and password.
The KDE GUI file browser Konqueror also supports WebDAV connections. The following is the difference when connecting with Konqueror:
- Instead of "https", the URL should be prefixed with "webdavs"
- After the MyData URL add the port of the server, this is ":443"
- e.g. if you want to connect to the P drive MyData WebDAV use webdavs://mydata.econ.usyd.edu.au/pdrive:443
- You may also have to add your username before the mydata, in the format of <username>@ e.g. Joe Bloggs would use webdavs://firstname.lastname@example.org/pdrive:443
- You may have to reconnect a few times.
If you are more comfortable with command line then the Cadaver client is suggested for use - please refer to your distribution help on how to install and use the Cadaver client.
Basic Web Browser Access to MyData WebDAV
The network drives can be accessed using web browsers by simply clicking on the links and then logging in using your Business School username and password. Note that this gives you read-only access to the data, since you are simply viewing your data as a basic web directory listing. This is useful if you can't connect using WebDAV or quickly just want to download files to work on.