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

From: Wilfred <wilfrednilsen@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 09:24:15 -0700
Message-ID: <467BF7AF.2080205@hotmail.com>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org

 > 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
 > Resource).

I had never tested this before so I started a WebDAV server on my PC.
I then mounted a drive by using: net use y: http://localhost/dav/c/

I browsed to a Word document on y: and opened the document by double 
clicking it. I then immediately got another login prompt from Word, 
meaning that Word was not directly using the network drive, but was 
instead directly accessing the WebDAV resource. I am not sure how this 
is possible. Word must somehow notice that the drive is a WebDAV resource?

After opening the document, I inspected the document directly from my 
hard drive, and the name was not changed, nor were there any backup 
files. However, in the mapped network drive, the word document was 
changed to:

Maybe Microsoft tools auto detects a mini redirector mapped drive and 
directly open files as WebDAV resources?

I have not seen this behavior using other tools, which simply opens the 
document as if the drive is a normal hard drive.

Received on Friday, 22 June 2007 16:24:26 UTC

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