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MySite - Managing and Accessing

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Description of SU Mysite information.

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Viewing MySite pages

All MySite websites are accessible using the following format: http://your-netid.mysite.syr.edu

Using MySite

Terms of Use

All content posted here is publicly accessible by any computer with a web browser, so do not post the following types of content:

  • Anything personal information that you would like to remain private
  • Any abusive, potentially harmful or offensive material, as covered under the Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy
  • Any copyrighted material that which you have not obtained explicit permission from the content's owner to post. This includes, but is not limited to, various digital media and academic works.

Create your MySite account

  1. Navigate to the MySite signup page, http://mysite.syr.edu
  2. Log into the site using your NetID account and password
    For NetID issues, visit NetId Services or email ITS at consult@syr.edu.
  3. Upon log in the FIRST TIME, you will see the following screen by default:

Create new MySite personal website

Select this option if you do not have an existing personal website hosted elsewhere that you wish to redirect to.

  • Click Create MySite.
  • Your MySite will be created. Make a note of the address.

Create new MySite address and...

Select this option if you do have existing personal website hosted elsewhere and wish to redirect MySite traffic to that website.

  • To redirect your MySite to an existing website URL, click on that radio button and enter the website URL.
  • To redirect your MySite to another webserver, click on that radio button and enter the web server IP address.
  • Click Create MySite.
  • Your MySite will be created. Make a note of the address.

Deleting your MySite Web

This option allows you to permanently delete an existing MySite web, the address, and the content.

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This operation will delete ALL of your MySite web content from the MySite server permanently. Be sure to backup any files that you wish to retain before removing your MySite web. Deleting your MySite web will not affect any content that is stored on other web servers or Content Management Systems across campus.

  1. Navigate to the MySite signup page.
  2. Log into the site using your NetID account and password.
    For NetID issues, visit NetId services or email ITS at consult@syr.edu.
  3. Upon log in, you will see the default Setup screen. The Delete MySite button is at the bottom of the page:
  4. Click Delete MySite.
  5. You will be asked to confirm deletion. Click Yes, Delete MySite to permanently delete your MySite.

Accessing MySite Web using Windows XP

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Computers running Windows XP must have Internet Explorer 7 installed in order to set up WebDAV access and manage MySite content. Faculty and Staff using Windows XP should contact their department IT support staff before downloading IE7.

  1. From My Network Places (access from your Desktop or Start Menu).
    • Select Add a Network Place
    • If you do not see the Add a Network Place link listed, follow the instructions to Show My Network Places on the Desktop
  2. Where do you want to create this network place?
    • Select Choose another network location
    • Click Next
  3. What is the address of this network place?
  4. Enter Network Password
    • Enter your NetID account and password
    • For security purposes, it is not recommended to save this password in your password list
    • Click OK

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      If this is being performed from a University computer, you may need to enter AD\yournetid in the User Name field.

  5. What do you want to name this place?
    • Enter the name you wish to call this network place in the Type a name for this network place field
    • This name will now appear in your My Network Places list

Additional notes

When accessing your WebDAV content on a Windows XP computer, you will need to open you're my Network Places and copy the files to a local folder on your computer in order to modify them. After modifying the content, you must copy the files back to your WebDAV folders in order for changes to appear on your MySite web.

Accessing MySite Web using Vista

  1. From a Windows Explorer Window (access from My Computer)
    • Click Map Network Drive in the toolbar
  2. On Map Network Drive page
    • Select an available drive letter that you wish to use
    • Type your MySite WebDAV address, i.e. https://yournetid.mysite.syr.edu/admin in the Folder field.
    • Select the option to connect using a different user name.
  3. On Connect As page
    • Enter your NetID account and password
    • Click OK
  4. Map Network Drive page
    • Click Finish
  5. Windows Explorer page will display the newly mapped network drive.
  6. To navigate to your MySite files and folders, double-click on this link.

Accessing MySite Web using Windows 7

  1. From a Windows Explorer Window (access from My Computer)
    • Click Map Network Drive in the toolbar
  2. On Map Network Drive page
    • Select an available drive letter that you wish to use
    • Type your MySite WebDAV address, i.e. https://yournetid.mysite.syr.edu/admin in the Folder field.
    • Select the option to connect using a different user name. Click Finish
  3. On Connect to yournetid.mysite.syr.edu page
    • Enter your NetID account and password
    • Click OK
  4. Windows Explorer page will display the newly mapped network drive.
  5. To navigate to your MySite files and folders, double-click on this link.

Accessing MySite Web using Mac OSX

Max OS X 10.5.8 and later

  1. From the Apple Menu click Go, then select Connect to Server...
  2. In the Server Address field, type https://<netid>.mysite.syr.edu/admin, where <netid> is your SU NetID
  3. Clink Connect
  4. On the WebDAV File System Authentication window, enter your SU NetID and password, then click OK.
  5. The contents of your Mysite website will appear in the "admin" window. You can manage your mysite content by copying items to and from the folder.

Accessing MySite Web Using Linux

If you are using Linux operating systems, please see your specific Linux Operating system documentation to obtain instructions on establishing WebDAV access to your MySite website content.

Using Web Design Applications

MySite is an environment that provides web hosting service independent of the tools used to create web content. MySite users have their choice of web editing software to create web content, including simple text editors, Microsoft Word, or fully featured web page design applications like Dreamweaver (available in the public labs).

Many web design and development applications allow you to configure and save connection information for your web server. Because of the number and variety of these products, it is impossible to provide specific instructions for every application. Most products require configuration of a remote site in order to upload web content.

Site configuration information

The following values are typically required for remote site configuration:

For... Use...
Site http Address: http://your-NetID.mysite.syr.edu/
Access Method/Protocol: WebDAV
Administrative URL: https://your-NetID.mysite.syr.edu/admin
WebDAV Login: Your NetID
WebDAV password: Your NetID password

HTTPS requirement

The https protocol must be used when loading pages.

Home Page naming

For security reasons, directory browsing is disabled on the MySite. As a result, every folder created on your MySite space must contain a default or index document for the website to be viewable. The acceptable default Home Page names are as follows:

  • default.htm
  • default.asp
  • index.htm
  • index.html
  • default.aspx

Additional MySite features

  • server side includes
  • support for asp and .NET
  • redirection to another site

If you do not see My Network Places on your desktop, use these instructions to make this icon appear.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select Properties. A window similar to the image shown will appear.
  2. Select the Desktop tab, then click the Customize Desktop button. A window similar to the image shown will appear.
  3. Check the My Network Places checkbox, and then click OK.
  4. Click OK to close the Display Properties window.

Sources and Relevant Links

Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy
MySite signup page
NetId Services

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