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Accessing your UR Box Content via WebDAV

The most common need for using WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) would be to access your UR Box content on the local computer as if it is being stored locally (but is not). Windows, Mac, and Linux OSs all have the ability to use WebDAV to work with UR Box, and instructions are included below. Please note that this is a fairly robust method but may appear to have slower file transfers than the web procedure for Box and may require resetting on your operating system occasionally. There is also a short list provided below of commercial applications that can do the same thing but more easily; however, the University does not endorse or pay for access to them.

Windows

  1. Open up Windows Explorer, select Computer, and click on "Map Network Drive". If you are using Windows 10, click the Windows button, click File Explorer, click the Computer tab, and then click "Map network drive."
  2. Fill out the information requested such as the drive letter you wish to use for this connection. Type https://dav.box.com/dav for the folder. Make sure Reconnect at logon and Connect using different credentials are checked and then click Finish.
  3. A Windows security window will open asking you for your Username and Password. Enter your UR email address followed by the Box external password you created above, select the checkbox "Remember my credentials" and then click the OK button.
  4. You should now see a new mapped drive appear in File Explorer.

Notes and Troubleshooting

  • Windows may require you to re-authenticate upon subsequent reboots of the computer. You can check to make sure Windows stored your password by going to the Windows Start button and searching for "windows credentials" to load the credential manager to confirm your dav.box.com password.
  • Windows 10 may open an authentication window when you access the mapped drive upon a Windows reboot. If it does, make sure that your UR email address is entered as your Username and not something like "MicrosoftAccount\[NETID]@richmond.edu" .

Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go in the top menu and then Connect to Server...
  3. Type https://dav.box.com/dav for Server Address(you may wish to click the "+" button to remember this in the future) and then click the Connect button.
  4. An authentication window will open asking you for your Name and Password. Enter your UR email address followed by the Box external password you created above, select the checkbox "Remember this password in my keychain" and then click the Connect button.
  5. You should now see a newly shared area appear in Finder and on the desktop. If not, go to Finder, click Finder in the top menu, click Preferences, and select Connected servers on the General andSidebar tabs.

Linux

Instructions for accessing Box via WebDAV for both Nautilus and davfs2 methods are provided at Xmodulo.

Commercial WebDAV/Mapped Drive Tools

Box.com had purchased Streem in 2014, the premier company in this field, but has not merged this technology into their products as of 2/29/16, yet they have announced that they are planning to combine the "mapped network drive" feature of Streem into the Box Sync app to create a new application they plan to call "Box for Desktop." Please monitor the Box Apps list for updates if interested. However, listed below are some commercial applications for simplifying and enhancing WebDAV connections to your UR Box account. The first one listed comes from the same software maker as CyberDuck which is a very popular FTP application.

MountainDuck (https://mountainduck.io/) - $39 (as of 2/29/16), Windows and Mac tool, licensed to the individual, but the customer can use the same license on both Mac and Windows, requires re-purchase for major upgrades

NetDrive (http://www.netdrive.net/) - $45 (as of 2/29/16), Windows and Mac tool, licensed to the individual, requires a separate license for each computer to be used, free upgrades for 1 year after purchase of license

WebDrive (http://southrivertech.com/products/webdrive/) - ~$40 (as of 2/29/16) but tech support is $20 extra annually and must purchase separate license for each computer installation, Windows and Mac tool, includes backup utility to simplify backing up the local computer files to your Box account, file caching - speeds up usage by keeping a local list of the files on your Box account