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AW: WebDAV with Windows Vista

From: Konstantin Breu <Konstantin.Breu@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 19:20:33 +0100
To: "'Kevin Wiggen'" <kwiggen@xythos.com>, <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000b01c7659c$4a865690$df9303b0$@Breu@gmx.net>

> 1)  The client requires the ability to OPTION / (not always true)
> 2)  The client will try to walk the chain from / to the mount point
>  (there are many reasons the client couldn't do this including security).

I had seen that, too in my tests. And so enabled support for OPTION/PROPFIND
for / and the following directories up to my real WebDAV resources. So with
Windows XP I can access www.myserver.com/ as Webfolder or Webdav network
resource. But this alone did not help... all the http requests of the client
were answered correctly (according to RFC), but the client still did not
want to connect...

Btw, I saw the problem with OPTION / also in one situation when testing with
Office 2007 at Windows XP (when trying to update a file). Then Word displays
an error message...


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org] Im
Auftrag von Kevin Wiggen
Gesendet: Dienstag, 13. März 2007 18:37
An: Konstantin Breu; w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Betreff: RE: WebDAV with Windows Vista

Basically MS removed the "webfolders" client in Vista and now only has
the mini-redirector (XP had BOTH and different version depending on
whether Office was installed).


There are 2 shortcomings of the redirector spoken about here (note that
this is just to get the client to connect, once its connected I cannot
speak to other problems):

1)  The client requires the ability to OPTION / (not always true)
2)  The client will try to walk the chain from / to the mount point
(there are many reasons the client couldn't do this including security).

However if I try to mount /Kevin on a server (and have access to do so),
it will connect.

Also interesting that some of my follow-up comments were deleted from
the forum.  I guess someone didn't like the extended information I gave


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]
On Behalf Of Konstantin Breu
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:46 AM
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Subject: WebDAV with Windows Vista


@Mac/Linux users: I am sorry for asking **windows** specific questions
Just stop reading... ;-)

I have a WebDAV server (J2EE based), there is no problem to use it with
Windows Explorer (via Network Resource), Internet Explorer (via open
page as
Web folder), Office 2003/2007 when using Windows XP SP2.

But so far I did not have any success when trying the same with Windows
Vista. Windows Explorer cannot create the connection (but it is doing
requests to the server), Internet Explorer only offers to open it as web
page (GET). Office 2007 also only does GET, when I try to access the
an files in the file open dialog. If I enter there a folder address
(http://.....), it then does a GET against that address, and opens that
"document" in Word etc...

My question to the list: is there somebody, who was able to use Windows
Explorer/Internet Explorer/Office 2007 (or an older version) with
Vista as WebDAV client? Are there special settings for the client side,
additional installations, which I have to do? Or are there some
requirements for the server, which Vista needs? (for example support of
Properties, Http headers, Authentication method,...) You could also send
communication logs, if your server works with Vista, and you do not know
why.... ;)

If there is somebody, who has the same problem: you can also drop me a
then I could give you some hints when I have found out more... Of course
also searched in the internet for information... I found descriptions of
such problems, some people were describing workarounds, but so far these
workarounds did not help me...

I will also get into contact with Microsoft support, but this will take
longer time, as I or my chief will have to pay for it. I will also do
with other clients (for example WebDrive), and other servers (for
Slide, Tomcat), to see how they are working when the client OS is


P.S. I was testing so far with Vista Business, but I have access to all
Received on Tuesday, 13 March 2007 18:20:40 UTC

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