Mapping WebDAV folder as a network drive letter
Windows XP includes the WebClient service that allows one to mount a Web Folder as a mapped network drive:
If wanting to make a secure SSL mapping using the https protocol at port 443:
net use x: "http://server.com/folder" /User:UserName Password
Note to make the mapping permanent add the parameter /persistent:yes
Note Windows XP can only connect to port 80 and can only map to a sub folder and not the root directly.
Windows Vista can create a network drive without needing to dive into the command line:
net use x: "\\server.com@ssl:443\folder" /User:UserName Password
net use x: "https://server.com/folder" /User:UserName Password
Note Windows XP only supports SSL / https connections when using My Network Places, but can be tricked into using SSL with net use by creating a forward server using stunnel. More Info Simple Groupware WebDAV.
- Click on the Start menu and choose Computer.
- Click the Map network drive button in the toolbar.
- Select the drive-letter and enter the WebDAV location in the Folder using the http address.
- Click the blue link "Connect using a different username" to specify a different user account and password, than the Windows user account.
- Click Finish to create the new drive letter.
- The latest version of the Web Folders update (2.0) doesn't support Windows 98, Me or 2000. Instead one should use version 11.0.6715.15 Download Webfldrs-KB892211-ENU.exe.
- Windows Vista SP1 (and older) has a known bug where it cannot access sub-folder unless it has read-access to the parent folders. More Info MS KB942392
Note MS Office (2000+) includes its own WebDAV client which supports file locking and SSL, but will only work when accessing files through the office applications (Excel, Word, etc.). More Info MS KB838028
Note to setup a WebDAV server for the clients to connect to, then one can use IIS or try one of these freeware servers: Lists WebDAV clients in MS Office (and their bugs)
More Info Lists WebDAV clients in Windows (and their bugs)
Updated: 6 March 2009