Remote Desktop Connection

Overview

Microsoft’s built-in Remote Desktop Connection can be used to remotely operate a computer from another location, allowing you to complete most tasks as if you were actually sitting at the other computer. Included in this post are instructions on how to remotely connect from one computer to another. For example, you may want to connect to your work or campus-based computer from home.

Step 1) Allow Remote Access (On-Campus Computer)

First, login to the computer you want to connect to. This may be the computer located in your office on campus, for example.

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • In the Search field type “allow remote access“.
  • Click on Allow remote access to your computer.

  • On the Remote tab, under Remote Desktop click either of the Allow connection options. The second option will only work on Windows 7, the first option will work with most operating systems.
  • Press OK to save your settings.

  • Go to www.whatsmyip.org to locate your computer’s IP Address.
  • Take note of the IP Address number. You will need it to connect.

Step 2) Start Remote Desktop Connection (Off-Site Computer)

In order to connect to your campus computer from an off-campus location you first need install and run the UIDAHO VPN client. Please follow these instructions provided by ITS Support:

Once you have the VPN client running on your computer:

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • In the Search field type “Remote Desktop“.
  • Click on Remote Desktop Connection.

  • Enter the IP Address of the computer you want to connect to.
  • Press Connect.

  • Enter your Username and Password to login to the computer you want to access.
  • Press OK.

  • You may receive a Security Certificate warning, press Yes.
  • You should now be connected to the other computer’s desktop, and can do most functions as if you were on that computer.

TIP: Improve Performance

Depending on your internet connection speed, you may want to improve the performance of your Remote Desktop experience. Here’s a tip:

  • Before pressing Connect when starting a Remote Desktop session, click the Options button.
  • Then click the Experience tab.
  • Uncheck most, if not all of the options under Performance.
  • Then go back to the General tab, enter the IP address, and press Connect.

This should improve the performance of your remote desktop session because the visual elements, such as background graphics, won’t have to be displayed.

FTP Settings

Overview

This tutorials covers the settings required to transfer files to and from the University of Idaho Academic Web server (S:\webpages) using an FTP application.

In order to edit or backup Web pages from an off-campus computer you will first need to transfer the web site to your local computer, make your edits in the editor of your choice, and then transfer the changes back to the web server. Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) applications are small software programs that allow you to transfer files to from your computer to the UI Academic Web server (S:\webpages).

ATTENTION: You must contact the ITS Help Desk to be given FTP access to UI servers.

Step 1) Install an FTP Application

Download WinSCP on a PC
Download Cyberduck on a Mac

Step 2) Connect to the Web Server

The primary settings needed to setup an FTP connection to the Web server are the host, username/password, SFTP protocol, and remote directory. The instructions below cover WinSCP, but Cyberduck will have similar settings.

  • Open WinSCP
  • Press the New button

  • Set Host name to unix.uidaho.edu
  • Enter Username & Password is the same as your myUIdaho account (account help)
  • Set the File protocol to SFTP (not FTP)
    ATTENTION:
    You must contact the ITS Help Desk to be given FTP access to UI servers.

  • Click on Directories
  • Set the Remote directory to /shared/webpages/sitename
    • Replace “sitename” with your website’s name
  • Set the Local directory to the location for the web site on your hard drive
  • Press Login

Step 3) Transfer Web site to Computer

  • To copy files from the server to your computer, drag them from the FTP window’s remote directory (right side window) to the local directory on your computer (left side window).
    • NOTE: If you don’t see your local files on the left, close your connection, and change the WinSCP Preferences to the Commander mode. Preferences are accessed in the same place you clicked on Directories. Now reconnect to your site.

Step 4) Transfer Web site to Server

  • Connect to your site in WinSCP or CyberDuck (see Step 2 above)
  • To copy files from your computer to the server, drag them from the local directory on your computer (left side window) to the remote directory (right side window).

Step 5) Resources

The ITS Help Desk offers additional information on transfering files to and from their servers.

Edit FrontPage Sites On-Campus

Overview

You may Download SharePoint Designer 2007 from Microsoft for FREE and use it to edit your old FrontPage sites located on the UIdaho Academic Web space (S:\webpages). NOTE: SharePoint Designer 2010 will not work!

Microsoft’s FrontPage 2003 is no longer available for sale, but if you already have it, you may use it with the UIdaho Academic Web space (S:\webpages).

This post covers the basics of editing your Web content using FrontPage 2003 or SharePoint Designer 2007. These instructions assume your computer is located on the University of Idaho campus. See the Off-Campus Instructions for other locations.

Step 1) Open a Web Editor

Step 2) Connect Web Editor to Web site

  • Choose File, then Open Site…
    Open Web… for the old FrontPage Software
  • Browse to navigate to your site folder on the S:\webpages\sitename.
  • Click Open.

ATTENTION: If you don’t see a webpages folder listed under your S:drive or elsewhere on your computer, please read the help on connecting to your Academic Web site [Windows or Mac].

Step 3) Edit your Web site

  • Open files in the Folder List to open them and make edits
  • When you’re finished, go to File menu and Save
  • Refresh your Web browser at your NEW web location to see the changes:http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/sitename

Step 4) Resources

Step 5) Locate your Web site files

If the URL (or location of your Web site) follows the general format of http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/sitename then it is located on the UIdaho Academic Web space. This space should already be mapped for you if you are a campus faculty or staff. Locate your UIdaho Web site:

  • Go to My Computer
  • Go to your S: drive shared space on files.uidaho.edu
  • Go to webpages folder
  • Go to your sitename folder

If you don’t see a webpages folder listed under your S:drive or elsewhere on your computer, please read the help on connecting to your Academic Web site [Windows or Mac].

Note: The AD login referenced in the Academic Web site connection help above is the same as your NetID login.

Need FTP help instead?
See the Off-Campus FTP instructions to access your web from an FTP client.

FAQ

What’s the new address of my site?
Users will get to your site by going to either the old web address which automatically forwards to the new location, or by going to http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/yoursite/.

How do I edit my site?
Follow these instructions

Edit FrontPage Sites Off-Campus

This post covers the basics of connecting to your web content located on S:\webpages. It assumes your computer is located Off-Campus. There are several methods you can use:

  1. Use VPN to connect to FrontPage Site (Performance will be Slow)
  2. Use FTP to connect to FrontPage Site (Requires FTP Client)
  3. Use VPN and Remote Desktop to connect to FrontPage Site (Requires On-Campus Computer)

VPN connect with Microsoft Editor Site

Overview

This post covers the basics of editing your web content with a Microsoft web editor. It also covers the process of connecting to the UIDAHO Share Drive (S:\) from an off campus computer.

Microsoft’s FrontPage 2003 is no longer available for sale, but if you already have it, you can use it with the UIdaho Academic Web space (S:\webpages).

Step 1) Connect to Shared S:Drive with VPN

In order to edit or backup Web pages from an off-campus computer you first need connect to the UIDAHO Shared Drive (S:\).

  1. First, contact the ITS Help Desk to be granted access to download to the VPN software.
  2. Install and run Cisco AnyConnect VPN.
  3. Connect to the Shared (S:) drive.

Step 2) Open a Web Editor

  • Open FrontPage 2003 or SharePoint Designer 2007
  • You may Download SharePoint Designer 2007 from Microsoft for FREE. SharePoint Designer 2010 is not recommended.

Step 3) Connect Web Editor to Web site

  • Choose File, then Open Site…
  • Browse to navigate to your site folder on the S:\webpages\sitename
  • Click Open

Step 4) Edit your Web site

  • Open files in the Folder List to open them and make edits
  • When you’re finished, go to File menu and Save
  • Refresh your Web browser at your NEW web location to see the changes:http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/sitename

Step 5) Resources

Step 6) Locate your Web site files

If the URL (or location of your Web site) follows the general format of http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/sitename then it is located on the UIdaho Academic Web space (S:\webpages). This space should already be mapped for you if you are a campus faculty or staff. Locate your UIdaho Web site:

  • Go to My Computer
  • Go to your S: drive shared space on files.uidaho.edu
  • Go to webpages folder
  • Go to your sitename folder

If you don’t see a webpages folder listed under your S:drive or elsewhere on your computer, please read the help on connecting to your Academic Web site [Windows or Mac].

Note: The AD login referenced in the Academic Web site connection help above is the same as your NetID login.

Need FTP help instead?
See the Off-Campus FTP instructions to access your web from an FTP client.

FTP to a Microsoft Editor Site

Overview

This post covers the basics of editing your web content with a Microsoft web editor. It also covers the settings required to transfer your website to and from the University of Idaho Academic Web server (S:|webpages).

Step 1) Open a Web Editor & FTP Application

In order to edit or backup Web pages from an off-campus computer you will first need to transfer the web site to your local computer, make your edits in the editor of your choice, and then transfer the changes back to the web server. Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) applications are small software programs that allow you to transfer files to from your computer to the UI Academic Web server (S:|webpages).

FTP Application

Web Editors

Step 2) Connect to the Web Server

The primary settings needed to setup an FTP connection to the Web server are the host, username/password, SFTP protocol, and remote directory.

  • Set Host name to unix.uidaho.edu
  • Enter Username & Password is the same as your NetID account (account help)
    Note: The NetID account referenced above is the same as your AD account, your FrontPage server login, your BbLearn login, your Student Computer Lab login, and your VandalWeb login.
  • Set the File protocol to SFTP (not FTP)

  • Click on Directories
  • Set the Remote directory to /shared/username/webpages/sitename
    • Replace “username” with your NetID account
    • Replace “sitename” with your website’s name
  • Set the Local directory to the location for the web site on your hard drive
  • Press Login

Step 3) Transfer site to Computer

  • To copy files from the server to your computer, drag them from the FTP window’s remote directory (right side window) to the local directory on your computer (left side window).
    • NOTE: If you don’t see your local files on the left, close your connection, and change the WinSCP Preferences to the Commander mode. Preferences are accessed in the same place you clicked on Directories.
  • Now reconnect to your site.

Step 4) Open Site in Web Editor

  • In Microsoft’s FrontPage 2003 or SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Choose File, then Open Site…
  • Browse to navigate to your site folder (for example: C:\User\Documents\sitename)
  • Click Open

  • Under the Site menu, click on Site Settings…
  • Check the box Manage the Web site using hidden metadata files. This will allow your site links to function correctly.
  • Press OK

Step 5) Edit your Web site

  • Open your Web editor
  • Go to File, then Open Site
  • Open files in the Folder List to open them and make edits
  • When you’re finished, go to File menu and Save
  • Refresh your Web browser at your NEW web location to see the changes:http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/sitename

Step 6) Transfer Site to Server

  • Connect to your site in WinSCP again (see Step 2 above)
  • To copy files from your computer to the server, drag them from the local directory on your computer (left side window) to the remote directory (right side window).

Step 7) Resources

The ITS Help Desk offers additional information on transferring files to and from their servers.