Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)

  • A set of methods based on the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • A network protocol that support both read and write access on web directories
  • Facilitates collaboration among users editing and managing documents and files stored on web servers
  • Provides a framework for users to create, change and move documents on a web server

WebDAV Features

  • Provides Locking
  • Provides creation, removal, and querying of information about author, modified date, and other properties 
  • Enables copying and moving Web pages within a server's namespace
  • Supports creation, removal, and listing of collections of resources on the web server

WebClient Service

  • Supports access to WebDAV shares
  • Available on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and Server 2003 editions
  • Users are unable to access WebDAV shares when this service is stopped

Enabling WebClient Service

  • Enabled by default in Windows XP, Vista and Windows7, but disabled by default in Windows Server 2003
  • Can be safely disabled when not using WebDAV shares as there are no other service dependent on it
  • In Server 2008 edition, default setup does not have web client service, but it can be added by installing Desktop experience package

WebClient HTTPS Support

  • Support for HTTPS operations is available in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Does not support HTTPS operations on Windows XP and Windows 2003
  • Users cannot access WebDAV shares configured for HTTPS only on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003