Remote Access to Your Windows Files

There are a number of ways that you can access your windows files from home or other remote sites. Please also note that you may well find these instructions useful within the department as they can be used to access your files from non-Windows systems and any other system which isn't authenticated in the domain.

MyWorkDrive - (Fortinet 10Gb Firewall)

This software allows you to access your files in your Physics home area ( H:\ drive ) through a web browser, mapped drive client or through a Mobile
browser. A VPN connection to access your home area is not required to access this service.

The address for the Physics MyWorkDrive servers is :

https://mydrive.physics.ox.ac.uk

Click on the links below for details on how to use the various MyWorkDrive clients.

Web File Manager Browser Client

MyWorkDrive provides secure, fast and simple file web access to your company work files saved on Windows file servers. Our browser based Web File Access interface provides easy remote access capabilities for viewing, editing and sharing work files using any web browser.

https://www.myworkdrive.com/support/web-file-manager-browser-usage/

Mapped Drive Desktop Client ( Windows Only )

The Mapped Drive Desktop Client allows easy editing of files from a traditional mapped drive from within applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat remotely from anywhere. Opening and editing design files, databases, programs and very large files is not supported.
https://www.myworkdrive.com/support/desktop-clients/

Mobile Clients

MyWorkDrive provides an option to access and view files using our Mobile browser client. Browse files and folders, upload, download and share on mobile devices. Views are available for most file types including thumbnail view for photos. Office documents can be viewed in Office 365 Online and editing is available on iPad devices. Note logins are restricted for security to one browser session per user at a time.

https://www.myworkdrive.com/support/mobile-clients/

WebDAV - Mapped Network Drive(Windows\Linux)

Windows 10

  1. Open File Explorer on your computer, and select "This PC" on the left hand pane
  2. Select Computer from the top ribbon and click Map network drive...
  3. Click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures
  4. Click Next
  5. Select Choose another network location and click Next
  6. Enter https://winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk/home/your-username where "you-username" should be replaced by your physics network account name (without the domain name prefix .. e.g. /home/bloggs ) in "Internet or network address" box and click Next
  7. You will be prompted for login name and password and you should use the full form of your username, e.g. PHYSICS\your-username. Click Ok
  8. Give this network location friendly name e.g. "My H Drive" and click Next
  9. Click Next and Finish

Ubuntu 18.04 graphical client

  • Open Nautilus file browser and click +Other Locations
  • In connect to Server type: davs://winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk/home/your-username where "you-username" should be replaced by your physics network account name (without the domain name prefix .. e.g. /home/bloggs ) and click Connect
  • You will be prompted for login name and password and you should use the full form of your username, e.g. PHYSICS\your-username

There is also a a command line WebDAV client called cadaver

Mac OS X
Check Connecting to Physics file servers from macOS for up-to-date instructions.

WebDAV - Web browser - (All clients)

This allows you to read or download files from your home folder. It does not allow for uploading of files.

  • Open web browsers e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • Enter following URL https://winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk/home/your-username where "you-username" should be replaced by your physics network account name (without the domain name prefix .. e.g. /home/bloggs ) and hit Enter
  • You will be asked to login and you should use the full form of your username, e.g. PHYSICS\Bloggs. You should then be presented with a listing of your home folder (the H: drive). Click on the filename to open or save. In some browsers you can right click on the link to view a menu of options (open, save as etc).

SFTP/SCP - (All Clients) - (Fortinet 10Gb Firewall)

The SFTP protocol provides similar functionality to FTP but is secure as information is encrypted. SCP is a secure copy protocol and has a command line syntax similar to `copy` commands. The services are accessed via the windows front end server (winfe) e.g. from a command line prompt on Linux (or any other OS with command line clients)

scp your-username@winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:subfolder/file.name localfile.name

Replace your-username with the name of your windows account. If your username on the windows system is the same as the username on the machine on which you are running the scp client you will usually be able to default it e.g.

scp winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:subfolder/file.name localfile.name

You'll be prompted for a password. The starting folder when you login is your windows home folder (H:). Please contact IT Support if you need access to other folders.

Please note that to copy a file from your home folder (H:) to your local computer you should simply:

scp your-username@winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:<filename> <localfile>

or to copy file from local computer to your home folder (H:)

scp <localfile> your-username@winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:<filename>

You can access anything you would normally be able to access under the Y: drive in windows. So you can see the `users` tree as /users, e.g. to access the file on windows called y:\users\particle\bloggs\file.txt you would use the path /users/particle/bloggs/file.txt . If in doubt, check the Y: tree in windows. Please note that any file name or path containing spaces or special characters should be enclosed in quotes.

You can access any file to which you have access on the Physics network by specifying the full pathname e.g.

winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:/dfs/users/CentralUsers/<username>/<folder>/<filename>

or

winfe.physics.ox.ac.uk:/dfs/oxkits/xxxxx/<version>/<platform>\

to access a certain version of kit xxxxx for a specific platform on the local kits server .

Suitable clients for Windows include

Suitable clients for Linux/Unix are usually included in the operating system, Access Central Physics files from Linux describe number of ways you can access windows shares.

Terminal Server Protocol (Windows clients)

The RDP (remote desktop protocol) used to access our terminal servers are also capable of transferring files. Remote Desktop and Terminal services page provides instruction allowing you to set up remote connection to one of the Physics terminal servers

Please notice: Files transfer only works when you connect to terminal server not to your Windows work machine

Windows 10 using RDP client

  • Start Remote Desktop Connection (Remote Desktop and Terminal services)) from Start menu
  • Launch Remote Desktop Connection and click on Show Options
  • Select the Local Resources tab and click More
  • Under Drives, check the box for any drives that contain the files you will transfer and click Ok
  • Click Connect and enter your connection details
  • Once connected, open Windows Explorer and click [b]This PC[/] on remote computer. You will be able to see the drives you shared listed under Devices and drives. Drag and drop files to a folder on your computer to transfer files.

Note also that you can map your client's printer and print directly to that from applications running on the terminal server.

Ubuntu 18.04 using Remmina Remote Desktop Client

  • Start Remmina Remote Desktop Connection (Remote Desktop and Terminal services))
  • Right click on the existing connection
  • Go to Basic tab, scroll down and select the Share Folder use drop down list to select folder you want to share and click Save
  • Once connected, open Windows Explorer and click This PC on remote computer. You will be able to see the drives you shared listed under Devices and drives. Drag and drop files to a folder on your computer to transfer files between computers.

Map a Network Drive - (Windows Clients-File Explorer) - Requires a VPN Connection

To connect to your Windows home area by mapping a drive please open a vpn connection to Physics by following these instructions.

https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/it-services/connecting-to-vpn-using-windows

Once you are connected to the Physics network then map a network drive to your home area as follows.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4026635/windows-map-a-network-d...

Step 3 : Drive Letter should be Y: ( This is the same as the mapping for Managed Physics desktops )

Step 4 : Where you have to type the path of the folder or computer - Enter > \\physics.ox.ac.uk\dfs

When steps 3 & 4 are completed you should have a Y: drive which maps to the Physics DFS. Your Windows user area should be available in y:\users[b]\Your-subdept\YourUsername[/b] as well as the Physics DFS tree. This will allow you to access any shared directories you have access to.

To map a H: drive directly to your home area then please follow these steps.

https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/it-services/connecting-to-vpn-using-windows

Once you are connected to the Physics network then map a network drive to your home area as follows.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4026635/windows-map-a-network-d...

Step 3 : Drive Letter should be H: ( This is the same as the mapping for Managed Physics desktops )

Step 4 : Where you have to type the path of the folder or computer - Enter > \\physics.ox.ac.uk\home\YourUserName

When steps 3 & 4 are completed you should have a H: drive which maps to your Physics Windows home area.

Map a Network Drive (Windows Clients - Command Line) - Requires a VPN Connection

To connect to your Windows home area by mapping a drive using the command line then please open a vpn connection to Physics by following these instructions.

https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/it-services/connecting-to-vpn-using-windows

Once you are connected to the Physics network then map a network drive to your home area via the DFS tree as follows.

Type cmd into the Windows search bar and press enter.

Enter the following command : net use y: \\physics.ox.ac.uk\dfs

When the above command has completed you should have a Y: drive which maps to the Physics DFS. Your Windows user area should be available in y:\users[b]\Your-subdept\YourUsername[/b] as well as the Physics DFS tree. This will allow you to access any shared directories you have access to.

To map a H: drive directly to your home area then please follow these steps.

Type cmd into the Windows search bar and press enter.

net use h: \\physics.ox.ac.uk\dfs\home\YourUserName

When you have run the above command you should have a H: drive which maps to your Physics Windows home area.

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