WebDAV on Windows Vista & Windows 7

There are quite a number of tales of woe around that topic. I had to find that out when I experienced some trouble myself today. If you’re in the same situation skip right down to the last two lines of this posting, the stuff in between just details the problem to associate the solution to the problem for the search engines.

My intention was to connect to my freshly set up  WebDAV directory served by Apache. The setup on the server side was quite tedious as well, but as expected, there are countless howtos around and one just has to put the pieces together as usual. The real problem however arose, when I starry-eyed tried to connect to that online directory using Vista’s „Map Network Drive …“ dialog. After some steps into the wizard that always gave me the error popup saying „The folder you entered does not appear to be valid“.

Well that soon let me drop to the beloved command line. But using net use W: https://example.com/davroot was answered by „System error 67 has occurred“ and „The network name cannot be found“. Using net use W: \\example.com@SSL\davroot gave no improvement.

I will spare you my other trials and all the different possible solutions that can be found on the net (I even installed a Microsoft patch which didn’t change anything) and write down straight what solved the problem:

  1. Make sure the „WebClient“ service is running! (Type „services.msc“ into the search box in the start menu and hit enter.  Scroll down the WebClient and check.)
  2. Use „\\yourserver@SSL\DavWWWRoot\yourshare“ as the server address in the Folder field of the Map Network Drive dialog box. Do not forget the DavWWWRoot or the @SSL.  

6 Kommentare

  1. Thanks a lot for writing this up and putting it online! Enabling the WebClient Service made it work. 🙂

    • Sorry, I have no ideas how to resolve that issue either.

      I use Vista 64-bit and when I try to connect to a SharePoint directory using Internet Explorer 32-bit, it says „Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer.“. When I try the same procedure with the 64-bit edition of Internet Explorer it doesn’t even show the „Open with Windows Explorer“ option in the Actions menu.

  2. Trying this with my webhost’s server (dreamhost), I’ve got webdav setup with a username and password. But, when Windows 7 tries to connect I get asked the username and password repeatedly and it never seems to accept or connect. Any ideas?

    • If you can access the .htaccess (or .htdigest) file, the only thing I can think of is that maybe you need to use hostname\username as identification string since Windows automatically adds the hostname and a backslash in front of the username before transmitting it to the server.

  3. Thank you!!!!! That service was set to manual on all my PC’s, not sure if that was a recent change or what… but setting it back to ‚Automatic‘ and starting the service resolved the issue.

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