Updating your website remotely

Page contents > How to connect to the remote desktop (non-CMS editors only)

IMPORTANT: If you are using the content management system to edit your pages, do not use the remote desktop to edit your pages. This is because the version of Internet Explorer installed on the remote desktop is not currently supported. Instead, you should connect via the LSE VPN and use your own version of Internet Explorer (either IE6 or IE7 is supported). More information on connecting via the LSE VPN is at http://lse.ac.uk/itservices/remote/filesAndResources/accessResources/vpn.aspx

The normal means of updating your website is from on campus but if needed, it is now possible to update your pages remotely.

Our recommendation is that you use a broadband Internet connection to work remotely.

The following steps explain how to do this - the first step is to log on to the remote desktop provided by IT Services and then, once you have added a shortcut to your website, edit your pages using the remote desktop's version of FrontPage rather than the copy installed on your own machine.

Connecting to the remote desktop and updating your pages from there ensures that the recorded time of the changes matches the same time zone as the other pages. This ensures that if you are updating your pages from another time zone, your changes will be processed on the next hour as if you were working on campus. Updates to your site will be processed however as part of the normal UK office hours schedule as per pages edited on campus.

How to connect to the remote desktop (non-CMS editors only)

These notes are based on using a broadband Internet connection with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer and are principally for editors with sites within the production process. Editors with copyThrough sites should follow steps 1-4 below and then open their folder on Adminshared\Web by double-clicking on the shortcut created. IT Services provide documentation for Mac and Linux users at LSE Remote Desktop.

  1. Open http://desktop.lse.ac.uk/ and click on the 'Fullscreen' + 'Connect with drive mapping' option

Note: you will see a Security warning box asking if you wish to continue. Tick the 'Connect your local disk drives to the local computer' box and click 'OK'.]

You will be prompted to log on to the remote desktop server as if you where logging on to your own machine. Enter your normal LSE network username and password but change the domain from 'TS1 (this computer)' to the 'LSE' option from the drop-down list.

Note: the first time you log on you may be warned that files on your H: space have been moved and you will need to log off and log on again to remote desktop.

Once logged on, if you double-click on the 'My Computer' you should see the drives you normally have mapped on your own machine, including your own C: and H: drives. This means that when working with the remote desktop's version of FrontPage you will still be able to access or import any files on your own machine.

Before you can open the remote version of FrontPage you first need to create a shortcut on the remote desktop's desktop.

  1. Right-click anywhere on the remote desktop and select 'New', 'Shortcut'
  2. Enter the location of your website on Adminshared\Web (contact webeditors.enquiries@lse.ac.uk if you do not have this information), and click 'Next'
  3. Enter a name for the shortcut, e.g. the name of your website, then click 'Finish'

You are now ready to open your site in the remote version of FrontPage.

  1. Select 'Start', Programs', 'Microsoft FrontPage'
  2. Once FrontPage has opened select 'File', 'Open Web'
  3. Select 'Desktop' from the 'Look in' drop-down list
  4. Double-click the name of the shortcut you created
  5. Click 'Open'

You can now edit your site as you would if you were on campus.

Once you have finished making your changes close FrontPage and select 'Start', 'Log off' to exit the from the remote desktop server.


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