[Micronet] Mac OS X 10.7.4 update brings significant WebDAV improvements to Research Hub

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[Micronet] Mac OS X 10.7.4 update brings significant WebDAV improvements to Research Hub

Ian Crew

In the recently-released Mac OS X 10.7.4 update, Apple has implemented changes to its WebDAV client that dramatically speed up connections. If you or any of your users are connecting to the Research Hub (https://hub.berkeley.edu) by mounting it in the Finder, you're in for a much improved experience.

In our testing, these speed-ups are on the order of 2.5 times faster.  This is especially evident when browsing between folders or working with large numbers of small files.

These changes also make the WebDAV connections more reliable and stable.

So, if you're using Mac OS X Finder to connect to the Research Hub via WebDAV, we strongly recommend updating to Mac OS X 10.7.4.

To connect to the Research Hub from the Mac OS X Finder, here's what you do:

1) In the Finder, choose Connect to Server... from the Go menu

2) Enter https://hub.berkeley.edu/alfresco/webdav in the Server Address: field of the window that appears.

Important note: Due to an unresolved issue, entering "http://" instead of "https://" will still result in a secure connection, but will not see the speed benefits mentioned in this message. Work on fixing that is in progress.  So, please be sure to enter https:// when you connect!

3) Click the + button to the right of the server address field to add it to the Favorite Servers list, for easier future access.

4) Click Connect and enter your CalNet ID and Passphrase for your Name and Password when prompted. As these are your CalNet credentials, do not "remember this password in my keychain," especially on a shared computer.

5) You'll see a "webdav" disk appear on your desktop.  You can now use that like any other disk on your system.

Until this update was released, we had been recommending that Mac OS X users use Cyberduck to connect to WebDAV on the Research Hub.  Cyberduck is still somewhat faster than the Mac OS X Finder, but this update makes the Finder much more usable, and suitable for most uses.  If you wish to continue using Cyberduck to connect, please feel free to do so.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [hidden email].


Ian Crew
Platform and Services Manager, Research Hub
Information Services and Technology-Research and Content Technologies
University of California, Berkeley
2195 Hearst Ave, Second Floor

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