Access Files from Off-campus - Windows

The Off-Campus File Service Gateway provides a way for users of the departmental and individual file storage services to connect to their storage from off-campus. Off-campus connections are made through a server called 'webshare.usask.ca'. The Off-Campus File Service Gateway can be used from anywhere on the Internet (including from on campus) and the software required is built in to most operating systems.

There are two ways to connect to File Services using the Off-Campus File Service Gateway from a Windows desktop:

Adding a Network Location using the Off-Campus File Service Gateway

(works for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1)

1. From your Desktop, click the folder icon in the bottom task tray. 

click folder icon in task tray

2. Right-Click on Computer in the left side menu and select 'Add a Network Location'.

right click computer in left side menu and select add network location

3. The Add Network Location wizard will open. Click Next.

wizard 1

4. Click Next again.

wizard 2

5. If you're connecting to Cabinet, enter 'https://webshare.usask.ca/cabinet/abc123' as the network address (remember to replace abc123 with your own NSID). If you're connecting to Jade, enter 'https://webshare.usask.ca/jade/sharename' as the network address, where 'sharename' is replaced with the name of the file share on Jade that you wish to connect to.

wizard 3

6. Enter your NSID and password in the pop-up window.

login

7. Enter an appropriate name for this Network location such as 'Cabinet' or 'Share on Jade'.

wizard 4

8. Click Finish to close the wizard.

wizard 5

9. A Network Location will be saved and an Explorer window for your file share will open.

network location webfolder window

Note that once you have created this Network Location, it will show up in your list of Network Locations in Computer. Next time you want to re-connect, you can Click on 'Start' 'Computer' and then Double-Click the saved network location ('Cabinet' in the example above).

Mapping a Drive using the Off-Campus File Services Gateway

(works for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1)

1. From your Desktop, click the folder icon in bottom task tray:

click folder icon in task tray

2. Right click on Network in the left side menu and select Map Network Drive:

right click Network in left menu and select Map Network Drive

3. Select an available drive letter from the drop down list. For Cabinet, enter 'https://webshare.usask.ca/cabinet/abc123' (replace abc123 with your own NSID) at the 'Folder' prompt. For Jade shares, enter 'https://webshare.usask.ca/jade/sharename' (replace sharename with the name of the file share on Jade that you wish to connect to). If you want the mapped drive to be reconnected each time you restart your computer, then leave the 'Reconnect at logon' box checked. Click 'Finish'.

map webdav drive

4. Enter your NSID and password in the pop-up window.

network login

5. A mapped drive will be added and an Explorer window will open.

mapped webdav drive
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