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Useful tips and tricks with Webfile and the Gladinet file client

Webfile and Gladinet are two methods for accessing the file server from outside the District network or from a personal computing device.
Webfile is a secure web-based interface to the district file server that can be used from any computing device connected to the Internet. More information is available in KB article 64.
Gladinet is a native client for the file server, with versions that work on Macintosh, Windows, iOS, and Android computing devices. Installation and configuration instructions are available in KB article 617.

The following tips and tricks will help you get the most out of the Webfile and Gladinet file server clients.

Webfile: The left-hand column listing

After you log in to Webfile, it shows you a window with three columns. The left-hand column shows every location on the file server where you have access. This is a bit different from Cloud or desktop file server access because it shows your staff directory folders (Desktop, Documents, etc.) mixed in with sharepoints (School office, yearbook, etc.). Also, remember that you cannot make any new folders at that top level. New folders need to go inside one of those locations.

Webfile: Copying files and folders

  • When you want to copy a file to a folder, you need to first navigate to that folder. You do that by clicking in the left column to highlight the folder to which you want to copy the file. At that point, you can either use the Upload button (which will also let you copy folders) or drag the file from your desktop to the middle column.
  • If you try to copy a file to a folder where you are not allowed to make changes, the copy will fail. You may see a dialog box that looks like the file copied, but it will be discarded at the end because you don't have permission to save it in that folder. We are working with the vendor to get a better warning before the copy that you can't upload a file to that folder.
  • Many Macintosh "files" are actually folders. This includes iMovie and GarageBand files. While they look like one file on your Macintosh desktop, they are a folder and will appear as such when you try to copy them up to the file server through Webfile. It is best not to try to work with those files via Webfile.
  • When you copy a file to a dropbox for a class, you may still see the file in the dropbox folder after it is copied. That does not mean that you can see the dropbox, only that you can see your file. The other files there are still hidden. When you log in again later, you will probably not be able to see the file there any longer.

Webfile: Sharing files and folders

  • When sharing files/folders to other people, you can only enter one email address at a time.  It will not work if you enter more than one email address.

 

 

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