Connecting to the file server from your iPad

These notes have now been updated for the new system 2014-Jan-16

You have traveled interstate for that important meeting, all of your ducks are in a row and the business plan is polished to perfection – suddenly the scope drifts during your meeting and you need access to further documents that you have produced, but they are on the file server. You whip out your iPad and … how do I get to those files?

To allow connection to the file server from off campus (from 3G or a non-Unimelb network) we need to configure the VPN system to allow access via the SMB protocol. We can configure the VPN using the notes prepared for iOS & UniMelb Staff VPN.


When you need to connect to the fileserver and you are not on the University network you will need to enable the VPN connection.

Settings > VPN > On

You will need software to connect to the file server. We recommend GoodReader as it a veritable Swiss Army knife for dealing with files and file access. Jump into the app store and grab yourself a copy.

GoodReader GoodReader for iPad By Good.iWare Ltd.
Besides reading, you can also sync your files with remote servers:
• sync with Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync and any WebDAV, AFP, SMB, FTP or SFTP server
• sync entire folders or individual files separately

Once you have GoodReader installed it is time to configure the app to connect to the file server. From within GoodReader follow these steps;


i.) Connect to Servers

ii.) Add


iii.) Select “SMB Server” (Our Windows files server uses the SMB protocol for connections)


iv.) Add the details for the file server

Readable Title: UOM-FILE
Network address:
User: your UOM username
Password: Leave blank, you will then be prompted when accessing the server

Set the connection so that it DOES NOT remember your credentials, this is very important for the security of the server. This setting means that no one can access the server by gaining access to your iPad.


Once you close the connection you will need to re-enter you password to access the server again; this means that the files are secure and you are not leaving a backdoor into the system.

Changed iOS7 GoodReader interface (2014-Jan-16)

new GoodReader interface

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One Response to Connecting to the file server from your iPad

  1. UPDATE: UNIMELB VPN has replaced the older CISCO VPN with the CISCO AnyConnect VPN. To use the VPN install the CISCO AnyCOnnect iOS App.

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