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AW: Need feedback on new Mini-Redirector tutorial

From: Konstantin Breu <Konstantin.Breu@gmx.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 17:12:29 +0200
To: "'Wilfred Nilsen'" <wilfrednilsen@hotmail.com>, <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005301c7b4df$c0b9b090$422d11b0$@Breu@gmx.net>

Generally: I wonder how "important" the mini-redirector is... is it
important to test a webdav server with it? Or is it more likely that users
are using the web folder client?

One point: The documentation could mention the User-Agent-Strings of the
clients (web folder, mini-redirector,...). Or the wikepedia page ;-).

At my systems (Win XP), I was not able to use the mini-redirector (net use *
) so far. When I connect to WebDAV servers, I do not get a drive letter.
Except I use WebDrive, or something like that. But not by using Office,
Internet Explorer (open as web folder) or Windows Explorer (Add Network

The documentation says that Web folder client is the old one, and that the
WebDAV Mini-Redirector is the "next generation" client. The reader could
read that as "web folder client old, bad", "mini-redirector, new, good"...
But Microsoft offered an update of the web folder client in May. So it's not
outdated or deprecated. And I wonder in which situations my system would use
the mini-redirector. Well, your documentation only describes the net use *
method for using the mini-redirector... which means that all other "normal"
ways of connection perhaps use the other client. Right?

When I use office with a web folder, it uses LOCK, and it does not create
temporary files (at the webdav server). Only updates the original document
with PUT. When I use office with WebDrive or something like that, it does
not use LOCK (if I remember right), and it creates temporary files, renames
the files, deletes the original one, all at saving. How is the behavior when
using the mini-redirector? I don't like such a behavior, from the
perspective of my server side repository....

So your documentation could write something about usage of Office with

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Betreff: Re: Need feedback on new Mini-Redirector tutorial

If it should not be called Mini Redirector, what should we name this WebDAV 

It seems to be a general confusion about this product. A quick search on 
Google reveals that Mini Redirector seems to be common terminology.

Wikipedia is also using the name Mini Redirector

Answers.com is using the same name:

>From: Lee Fisher <blibbet@gmail.com>
>To: Wilfred Nilsen <wilfrednilsen@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: Need feedback on new Mini-Redirector tutorial
>Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 06:05:35 -0700
>I haven't read the doc yet, but I have one comment already. :-)
>"Mini-Redirector" is the name of an NT file system driver model. So your 
>title is very misleading, it is interesting for file system developers, but

>not DAV.
>replace the word "Mini-Redirector" with "NT File System Class Driver 
>Model", and try to read it.
>Wilfred Nilsen wrote:
>>We have prepared a tutorial for users that would like to map a Windows 
>>Drive to a WebDAV server using Mini-Redirector. The documentation is 
>>designed for our server, but the problems we mention are generic regarding

>>the Mini-Redirector.
>>I would like some comments on this document as to the accuracy of our 
>>Mini-Redirector statements.

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