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Quickstart Tutorial: Connecting to the Public Repository GSI


Find a detailed and illustrated step by step documentation for WindowsXP written by Gaby Lücker (in German).

  1. Open your Internet Explorer (Version > 5.0 AND < 8).
  2. Click on the menu item File/Open.
  3. Type into the only existing input field.
  4. Click on the only existing checkbox Open as Webfolder.
  5. Click on the button Ok (maybe labeled with Open with other versions, anyway confirm the dialog in the most positive way that is possible).

You will be prompted for your username and password. The repository appears in the usual style of browsing and modifying a file system.

BUG: A double click on a remote file fails with several file formats (e.g. *.ps, *.pdf). You can workaround this bug by copying the files to local diskspace (e.g. drag&drop to desktop).

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Open an instance of your Konqueror program and type webdavs:// in the location bar.

You will be prompted for your username and password. The repository appears in the usual style of browsing and modifying a file system.

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"Briefly: WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers." from

Choose a webdav client (Tested Clients) and connect to<your repository>/files/ in SSL mode (normally expressed by a full url starting with https://, webdavs:// etc.). Alternatively, you can connect via a normal web browser using the link in the headline (keep in mind, with your web browser you have only read access).

You need to provide correct credentials (username, password) for authentication (How to get a webdav account). Of course, you must have the right to access the repository.

Security Issues

  • The SSL certificate has been signed by a DFN CA. Some browsers might complain this.

  • The authentication mechanism is basic http authentication. So, be sure, that you really log out after working, especially, if you work on multi-user workstations or public terminals. Close your browser after work and be sure about the state of optional password managers, common software usually provides.

  • The SSL encryption can slow down the connection, if there's weak client hardware and a broadband connection. You might encounter this problem, if you use very old hardware.

How to get a webdav account

GSI users

Every GSI User can use the GSI WebDAV Service by using their GSI Weblogin account for working on the shared Repository GSI ( For all other available repositories, you need to get special rights.

  • Anonymous FTP Equivalent:

For non-secret data and to speed the procedure up by saving time for repository creation, you can use our shared Repository GSI - at the benefit of less management and faster access (if you are a new user), but at the cost of less security.

  • Own Repository:

Report your request for a new repository to the oracle group at the IT department. Your request should contain a name for your repository, an initial set of users and an estimation how much disk space you will need. Normally, you need an own repository to work on sensitive data or for a very large disk space. In this case you have a powerful environment to control user access.

non-GSI users

To use this service, you need contact to a responsible person at GSI. Account requests for a GSI Weblogin account should be submitted from For frequently using the WebDAV-Service, you need an account. So, it's necessary to gather several personal information about you.

  • lastname
  • firstname
  • email address
  • title
  • gender
  • address (institute, street, city, country, phone)
  • GSI contact person (name, email address)
  • period of usage

If you want to use the shared Repository GSI, we can provide you with a shared account at the cost of less security, but at the benefit of not gathering your user data for account creation.

Manage your webdav account

For authentication the webdav service uses your GSI Web Login credentials (not your operating account name and password from Linux or Windows). From inside the GSI network you can manage your account through the GSI Serviceportal. From extern you can change your password through reset password.

Tested Clients

Rights Management

Server Information (for Administrators)

Comments, Questions, Ideas


Contributors: IngoGiese, DennisKlein
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rights_slide.pngpng rights_slide.png manage 229 K 2006-11-03 - 16:54 DennisKlein overview over available rights in slide at gsi
rights_slide_legend.pngpng rights_slide_legend.png manage 38 K 2006-11-03 - 17:21 DennisKlein legend to the overview of rights
Topic revision: r20 - 2015-08-10, IlonaNeis - This page was cached on 2021-05-18 - 18:24.

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