Accessing project drives from the home office – Brief overview

1. Requirement: Internet connection

You need an internet connection. This can be a WiFi or fixed network connection (LAN cable). A WiFi connection from a commercial provider is also suitable (e.g. via the private router in the home office).

2. Call VPN Client*

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) client establishes an encrypted connection from a device to the network of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

  • On centrally administered portable computers:
    On centrally administered portable computers the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is pre-installed and configured.

  • For self-administered computers:
    You must download and install a VPN client. You can find instructions on how to do this at:

3. Accessing the project drive

  • On centrally administered portable computers:
    Webdrive is pre-installed and configured on centrally administered portable computers. This gives you access to your project drives via Windows Explorer (file manager).

  • For self-administered computers:
    • If you only need read access to the files , you can access the directory via your browser (InternetExplorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome etc.):
      In this mode, it is possible to download files, but not to edit them.

    • If you need the possibility to download, edit and upload files , you can install the software »Webdrive«** (for Windows) on your computer. This gives you access to the project drives via Windows Explorer (file manager).
      Download the installation file:
      Installation instructions:

    • For instructions on setting up WebDAV on Mac OS X, click here.

* A VPN client (Virtual Private Network) establishes an encrypted connection from a device to the network of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The end device is assigned an address that identifies it as part of the university network.

** Webdrive for Windows is used for integration into the Windows Explorer (file manager). Files can be loaded, saved or edited directly.