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Re: WindowsXP and double login challenges

From: Frank Lowney <frank.lowney@mac.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 11:07:59 -0400
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It's great to see that the WebDAV protocol is relentlessly advancing but, as someone who is trying to get end users to embrace it over older, more established methods, I have to wonder whether the basic aspects of the protocol work well enough to assure a level of acceptance sufficient to sustain the momentum.

Take, for example, the query I posted here a week or so ago (quoted below).  While it's difficult to definitively interpret a non-response, they tend to be interpreted as: yes, that's a problem but there is no solution or workaround.

So, if that is the case with Win2K / WinXP Network Places access to a wide range of WebDAV-enabled servers where end users first and continuing experience with WebDAV is a double login challenge, we should not be surprised to learn that these end users are reluctant to consider change.

>We are currently working with three WebDAV-enabled servers as follows:
>WebSTAR V v.5.3.2 on MacOS X 10.3.4
>Apache on MacOS X Server 10.3.4
>BEA Weblogic (supporting WebCT Vista) on Solaris.
>Using WindowsXP & 'My Network Places,' we and our various clients and other constituencies are consistently seeing a "double login challenge" in all three cases. We don't see this issue on Win2K Pro or MacOS X.
>First, can anyone confirm that this is a "Microsoft not following standards again" issue?
>Second, can anyone suggest a work around that will unburden WinXP WebDAV users from the necessity of meeting this challenge twice?
>Thanks for any light shed on this issue.

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