Tuesday, April 14, 2009

EZproxy downtime - workarounds

The EZproxy server went down over the weekend due to a disk failure. It is now running again using an alternative disk. If ever you experience a problem with EZproxy functionality, here is how to bypass EZproxy but still obtain access to the Library's e-resources whether you are on- or off-campus:

1. For On-campus use

Right-click on the link to the resource and copy the shortcut.

Paste that into your browser’s location bar (i.e. the place where the URL of the current page appears).

Delete .ezproxy.liv.ac.uk from the URL and hit return.

e.g. the New Scientist is
http://www.newscientist.com/months rather than http://www.newscientist.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/months.

2. For Off-campus use

Use the Windows Terminal Service at http://wts.liv.ac.uk/. (You may need to install client software on your PC – follow the links on the WTS login page to do so).

In the WTS, click on the Office or Web folders and then click on Internet Explorer 7 or IE7.

Then use that version of Internet Explorer to visit web pages, and use the technique above to remove .ezproxy.liv.ac.uk from the URLs.

When you use the WTS you are running Internet Explorer on an on-campus server and then windowing its output to your PC.

The WTS also gives you simple access to your M: drive for downloading the articles that you require.

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