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Access to File Services (Group and User Files) and Websites restricted to a WPUNJ Domain is available via the [http://www.wpunj.edu/webvpn Web Virtual Private Network (WebVPN) Service] without the need to install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client on a computer.  This service is now completely web based.  All that is needed to access [http://www.wpunj.edu William Paterson University] Group and User Files is an active internet connection and a web browser.  The steps to sign-on to [http://www.wpunj.edu/webvpn WebVPN] and use are as follows:
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<LI> Simply navigate to [https://webvpn.wpunj.edu/+CSCOE+/logon.html Web VPN] and sign in with your university credentials.
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<LI> Click Login.
<LI> Once your university credentials are verified, you will be taken to the new user interface for the VPN.  The Home Tab will be the default view for your VPN session.  From this home Tab, you will be able to [[#Accessing files on your network shares (K and U drives) |view your U-Drive, K-Drive,]] as well as have direct links to both the [http://www.wpunj.edu university's home page] and the [http://www.wpunj.edu/library Library's home page].  Don't be alarmed if you don't see the words "U-drive" or "K-drive".  They are simple named differently.  Also, if you edit a file you will have to save it on your local drive and upload the way you would upload an e-mail attachment, drag and drop or direct saving to the network drive is not available.
<LI> '''My Folder''' represents your User folder, or your U-Drive.
<LI> '''WPU Folders''' represents the K-Drive.
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<LI> Don't forget to '''LOG OFF''' after you have completed your VPN session.
== Accessing files on your network shares (K and U drives) ==
It is important to understand that accessing our network storage through the webvpn is a bit different than using your office PC or laptop.  There is no "drag and drop."  To access and/or edit a file, it must first be downloaded locally.  If your file is edited or changed, you must UPLOAD it back to the folder it resided in.  If you fail to do so, all changes you made will only exist on the computer you made the changes on.
From the home tab, you must select the set of folders you wish to access.  As mentioned above, folders do not show up as "K" or "U."  Instead you see "My Folder," "Groups Folder" and "WPU Folders."  See the circled area by clicking "Expand" below:
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<li> '''My Folder''' - This is your "U Drive" which is commonly mapped on your University computer to "Documents" in Windows 7 or "My Documents" in Windows XP.
<li> '''Groups''' - This is a direct link to K:\Groups.  All of your departmental folders should be in here.
<li> '''WPU-Folders''' - This is the root of the "K Drive."  If you store and access all of your files from the Groups folder or your User folder, you will not need to use this option.
=== Navigating Shared and User Folders ===
Once you have chosen which set of folders you want to use, click on the link to display the list.  In the example below, I have clicked on "Groups."
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By default, the list is sorted in alphabetical order.  Just like on the K drive, you can change the sorting to sort by Name, Size, Type or Date Modified by clicking on that heading.  You should still have the menu on the left (Home, Web Applications, Browse Networks and AnyConnect) as well as a sequence of icons above the folder list:
Hovering over the icons should tell you what each one does.  For navigating, the important ones are:
<li>'''Level Up''' - [[Image:Webvpn-levelup.png]] This is like the back button on your web browser.  This will go "up" one level in your list of folders.
<li>'''Previous & Next''' - [[Image:Webvpn-prevnext.png]]  The page will only display the number of files or folders that fit on that particular page.  Use these buttons to find the page containing the resource you need.
=== Opening, Downloading & Editing Files ===
Once you've found the file you want to use, it's almost as simple as clicking on the file.  In most browsers, this will prompt you to open or save the document.  If you only need to read the file, it is OK to go ahead and click "open."  This will save the document in your temporary internet files and allow you to read the document.  '''BE CAREFUL'''  If you decide to edit this document, clicking "save" might just save it in your temporary internet files only to be lost at some point.  It's important that, if you are going to edit the file, you '''save it to your local computer''' and then open it from there.
=== Uploading Changed, Edited or New File ===
This step would apply to:
<li> Any document you downloaded and edited
<li> New documents you would like to add to a network folder
Once you have edited your file (or have a new one), you '''must''' upload it to the server.  If you do not, '''it will only reside on your local machine.'''  If you have been editing a document for a decent amount of time, the WebVPN may have timed out.  If this is the case, log back in and browse to the folder you wish to upload your document to.  Once in that folder, click on the icon to upload files: [[Image:Webvpnupload.png]]
You should now be presented with a box to upload your file:
<br>Click on "browse" and browse (on your local computer) to the location you saved your new or edited file.  Once selected, click OK.
If this file already exists on the server, it will warn you and as you if you wish to overwrite.  If you are sure you want to upload the file, click OK:<br>
<br>You should now be able to browse to, download, edit and upload files through use of the [http://www.wpunj.edu/webvpn WebVPN].

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