Edit Remote Documents Using Microsoft Word


In a previous article we explained how to map a Windows drive to a WebDAV server. Mapping a drive makes remote content look like it is part of the same file system on your local computer. One can drag and drop files, retrieve and modify file properties, and complete many file-system tasks including using existing applications across the Web and sharing files through firewalls and proxy servers.

With the drive mapped, one can easily edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc. on the remote server's file system.

Direct Access Using Microsoft Office

Note: LibreOffice also supports WebDAV. See the LibreOffice WebDAV tutorial for more information.

However, sometimes it can be quicker to open a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or a PowerPoint presentation directly using Microsoft Office without having to first map a Windows drive.

Many applications, including Microsoft Office, support WebDAV natively. This means you can use Microsoft Word to directly edit a document on your remote home/office computer.

To open a remote Microsoft Word document, click File -> Open and simply type in the URL to your remote document.


How to find your documents


A quick and easy way to locate your documents is to use the built in Web File Manager in your FuguHub server: open a browser window, enter the URL to your home/office computer, login, and start the Web File Manager. Navigate to the directory where you have your Office documents and click the document to open the Context Menu.

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Clicking on "Copy URL" and copy the WebDAV session URL to your computer's clipboard.

After you have copied the URL to your computer's clipboard, start Microsoft Word, click File -> Open, and paste in the URL you have stored in your computer's clipboard (CTRL-V). Note: you follow the same procedures for opening documents in LibreOffice.

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Microsoft Word now connects to your FuguHub WebDAV server and loads the document directly from the server. The document is saved directly to FuguHub when you click the Microsoft Word's save button.



Posted in Tips and Tricks Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 by Ingrid

Backing Up Your Data

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If you have ever encountered a computer crash, you will know that it is absolutely essential to backup your computer files and important information regularly.

The FuguHub installation directory contains a number of files that you should backup at regular intervals. You can backup all files in the installation directory, but that is not necessary.



Files you should backup in the FuguHub installation directory:

  • All files that end with .dat. FuguHub saves a number of configuration files with this extension in the root of your installation directory.
  • The data directory. Starting from FuguHub 3.8, database driven web applications store the databases in this directory. For example, the database for the FuguHub bulletin board is called forum.sqlite.db. You should backup all the database files.
  • The cmsdocs directory. This is the directory where you install your own HTML files, images, etc., when using the CMS.

Do the following if you have a computer crash:

Copy the backed up data, including sub directories, to the directory where you want to install FuguHub. The default location is c:\bd for Windows.
Install FuguHub into the directory where you copied your backed up data. The server should automatically pick up your restored data.

Please note that the backed up FuguHub license will not work on a new computer. You can request a new license from Real Time Logic by following the instructions at the following link: Manual License Installation.

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Posted in Maintenance Wednesday, December 05th, 2007 by Wilfred