August 31, 2006

Web Shopping - How to get it to work for you WITHOUT DOMAIN

Okay so some of you might be out there wondering what is web shopping exactly? Well it's basically all university students having remote access to fully licensed software that they might need during their time at the university - ranging from Photoshop to statistical software to publishing software and the sort. Despite its name don't be fooled it's FREE! All you need is a valid user account to make use of the features. To me it's a really good example of free usage that doesn't violate copyright! Contrary to popular belief (bitch thinks this too), that you can't use the software available without being on domain, but I thought about it and there shouldn't be any difference if you're on domain or not. Also the fact that I'm on domain and using IE7 Beta 3 led me to believe that the problem has nowt to do with that but rather the browser and settings on the computer (IE6 gave me no issues in the past).

If you're not on domain, these are the steps you should first undertake:

  1. Connect to VPN. If you don't have VPN download it!
  2. Go to My Computer
  3. Go to Tools --> Map Network Drive...
  4. Change Drive Letter to I: . Under Folder Type file:////emfs5/stupc
  5. Finish the wizard - If prompted for your credentials just enter your NUSID

If you're using any browser besides IE6, this is what you can do to try and rectify your problem:

  1. Visit the Web Shopping site.
  2. Log in using your NUSID credentials if required.
  3. Go to the software that you wish to download - Select Save As...
  4. Make sure that in the file name you change the extension to *.ws# - IE has this habit of saving it as *.ws_ which will lead to the installation not working.
  5. Go to the file where you saved it, Open it. Windows will ask you whether to use the web to search for the appropriate program or browse from list. Select browse from list.
  6. Under location put this down: "I:\Webshop\Webshop-fps23\Program\WebShop.exe" without quotes. Please note that in order for this address to work you should have completed the aforementioned steps on mapping your network drive!
  7. Installation should commence :)

Any problems let me know, and I'll try to help out :D


1 comment:

  1. cant map the network drive, it give the message 'the network path file:////emfs5/stupc was not found'

    any ideas?