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Use Goliath for iDisk access behind a firewall Network
macosxhints has carried a tip on how to access iDisk from behind a corporate firewall before, but I have found it is even simpler using Goliath.

First choose New Connection (not Connect to iDisk!) from the File menu. Enter the URL of your iDisk; it will be idisk.mac.com/username/ where username is your iTools account username, and then add your password.

Next click the Advanced settings, click Use Proxy Server box and enter the proxy server address (the same as you use to browse) and again the port that you use for http access. Click OK and you're away.

You can then follow the other hints posted to save the connection as a file and put the icon on the toolbar for instant access, even behind your firewall.
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Re: Goliath behind firewall
Authored by: ldeck on Apr 28, '02 09:01:00PM

Hi there,

wouldn't Goliath simply use the network settings you have in system preferences?

i.e., I assume if you are behind a firewall, you'd have this already set in your network prefs...and so using connect to iDisk with should still work?



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Re: Goliath behind firewall
Authored by: sicle on Apr 29, '02 03:17:16AM

Yes you're dead right. I hadn't even bothered to explore the preferences. It would make more sense to do it that way if you access more than one WebDav server. It doesn't make much difference if, like me, you just use it to access one iDisk. I have the connection saved as a file and up on my toolbar, with the iDisk icon pasted on top. One click and I'm there, preferences or no preferences.



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Firewall problems
Authored by: pappy on Apr 29, '02 10:59:05AM

I'm unable to get this to work. I get an unknown connection error. What I tried is new connection.

http://idsik.mac.com/username

username password

my proxy settings were for our webproxy on port 80 (same as browser settings)

Any ideas?



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Firewall problems
Authored by: sicle on Apr 30, '02 09:38:24AM
This should work. If it doesn't check the following.


1. Is the URL correct? idisk.mac.com/your username/ (not idsik, I assume that's just a typo.)
2. Is your username correct?
3. Is your password correct?
4. Is your proxy address correct?
5. Is your port number correct?


To check the last two look at your system preferences, networks, proxies. Make sure that it is showing the settings for the method you use to connect to your network, for example ethernet rather than modem. If there is more than one proxy and port setting experiment with entering other proxies and ports into the Goliath dialog. If your IT people are approachable, check the settings with them.


6. There are settings for proxy authentication in Goliath's advanced connection settings. I don't really understand this, but might you need authentication to access from your network?
7. Try different ways of doing it. As some other posts have suggested you can enter the proxy server details in preferences and connect through open iDisk connection in the file menu.


The proceeding points may be completely obvious to you and there may be some other reason why this doesn't work for some firewalls. If so please forgive me for trying to teach granny how to suck eggs. If you find out what the problem is please let me know!

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Firewall problems
Authored by: pappy on Apr 30, '02 02:07:09PM

I finally discovered the logging function of Goliath. The problem appears to be with the proxy server. I've tried varios configurations, for all except using our web proxy Goliath just spins arrows in a circle. The one setting I get a response (the error) this appears in the log:


HTTP/1.0 500 Server Error

Proxy-agent: iPlanet-Web-Proxy-Server/3.6

Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 17:34:28 GMT

Content-type: text/html

Content-length: 302



<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Server Error</TITLE></HEAD>
<BODY><H1>Server Error</H1>
The proxy has encountered an internal error which prevents it from
fulfilling your request. The most likely cause is a misconfiguration.
Please ask the administrator to look for messages in the proxy's error log.
</BODY></HTML>

Could it be the proxy only allows HTTP requests and is blocking WebDAV by protocol (vs. blocking by port # only?)



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