Since Windows Vista and Windows 7 is released, the admin staff have to resolve
several problems with their WebDAV server.
In fact, Windows Vista or higher isn't really supporting non-IIS WebDAV server.
It sometimes works, and sometimes not.
There are several hacks available, if you use Google.
The most common is, to enable the basic authentication in Windows Vista/7,
but I only was able to get it work once in Vista, but never in Windows 7.
Anyway... I was looking around to make WebDAV working in Windows Vista
and Windows 7 and was weighing to just use an application like BitKinex and
always need to start it, when using the WebDAV. But to be honest,
this would just be a temporary way.
So I found and tried the small and free of charge application called NetDrive,
which is also stable in Windows 7.
You can download it in my download area, or just click on this link.
Here is the way, how to set it up:
After you have installed NetDrive on your Windows PC, start the application
and click on the "New Site" button at the right botton corner of the window.
A new site configuration will be created and you have to type the settings.
1. Decide a connection name, which is confident to you.
2. Write here the full path to the WebDAV folder, you would like to connect to.
3. Select her "WebDAV". The Port settings are now changed to port 80.
If you like to connect via HTTPS, you have to change the port to 443.
4. Select a free drive-letter, where to map the WebDAV folder.
5. Type here a valid login-name.
6. ....and a valid password, too.
7. If you like to get mapped this WebDAV folder, when the system is started,
you have to check this box.
If you now click on "Save" and "Connect", the application will connect
to your WebDAV folder and map it to the given drive-letter.
Connect to a HTTPS WebDAV:
If you want to connect via HTTPS, you have to make this settings like following.
Click on the Advanced button. A small window will pop up.
In this window, you just have to check the "Use HTTPS" checkbox.
You don't need to type in there any more configuration.
Press the "Ok" button, save the configuration and try to connect to
the WebDAV server.
If you have done all this settings, and you are running a standard WebDAV
server, you should be able to connect to the server.
If not, you can open the NetDrive monitoring window and take a look,
whats going on there.
On other pages, they wrote, you also just do the following, to make it possible
to connect to WebDAVs (https):
Click on "Start" and type regedit in the start search box.
A new window with registry-editor open.
Now, go to the following entry:
Click on "New" and select DWORD-32-Bit-Entry.
Please name the new entry as BasicAuthLevel and and change the value
of this new registry key to 2.
At last, restart the computer and try to connect to your WebDAVs, again.
Note: List of attributes:
- 0 - Standard-Authentification deactivated
- 1 Standard-Authentification activated only for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
- 2 and higher - Authentification for SSL activated for SSL and non-SSL connection.
The Microsft manual about WebDAV in Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be found here:
For my Windows 7 Pro, the Microsoft manual didn't work, and I just used NetDrive!