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

A. You can use Network Places to connect to the web server and upload/download files.

Create a new connection in My Network Places

Before you can create a connection in My Network Places, 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 "My Network Places. "
    screenshot of start menu

  2. Click "Add a network place."
    Screenshot #2:

  3. In the “My Network Places” wizard, click Next.
    Screenshot #3: "My Network Places” wizard

  4. When the wizard asks “Where do you want to create this network place,” click “Choose another network location,” and then click Next.
    Screen Shot #4: Where you create your network place.

  5. Enter your WebDAV URL and click Next.
    Note: The IT Heldesk 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 web account username and password. 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 username and password.

  7. Click OK.
  8. Enter a name for this Network Place shortcut, and then click OK.
    Web Shot #8: End of Add New Network wizard.

  9. On the last screen of the wizard, you can tell the wizard to open the network place immediately. If you don’t want to open the network place now, uncheck the "Open this network place when I click Finish" button.
  10. Click Finish.
    • If you checked the "Open this network place," but didn’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 place" option, you will now find a new network places shortcut for the campus web server in your Network Places window. Double-click it to connect to the web server.

Using your Network Places connection

You can copy files to and from your connection that you created by the My Network Places 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 Place 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 (such as Frontpage) 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.