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WebDAV configuration

What is WebDAV

WebDAV, for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to edit and manage files collaboratively on remote web servers.

This howto explains how to configure WebDAV for users of the physics computer accounts for sharing and collaboration using physics web server.

Configure shared folder


    DAV on
    Options +Indexes
    AuthPAM_Enabled on
    AuthPAM_FallThrough off
    AuthGROUP_Enabled on
    AuthGROUP_FallThrough off
    AuthName "Dav Access"
    AuthType Basic
    Require user johnsmith
    order allow,deny
    allow from all
    BrowserMatch "Microsoft Data Access Internet Publishing Provider" redirect-carefully


Connecting from Windows

Microsoft Windows XP supports mounting WebDAV folders through the My Network Places applet.

  1. Click the Start button on the Windows Taskbar, then select the My Network Places item:

    windows start menu
  2. A new window should appear. Select the Add a network place from the Network Tasks area on the left-hand side of the window:

    my network places
  3. The Add Network Place Wizard screen should appear. Press the Next button:

    add network places wizard I
  4. From this new list pick Choose another network location and press the Next button:

    add network places wizard II
  5. Now you'll input the URL to your folder...Press Next:

    add network places wizard III
  6. Finally, you'll need to authenticate yourself to the server. Do not select Remember my password if you are using a shared computer, such as in e.g. Junior Physics Lab.

  7. After you successfully authenticate yourself to the web server, a new window should appear, asking you to name the new network place: This name is simply for your convenience, so you can label it whatever you like. The default name is fine. Press Next to return to the My Network Places window:
  8. To start viewing files hosted on the web server, double-click on the new Network Place. You should see the following window appear:


    You can select files and navigate through folders just like you would with a regular local disk.

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