Connecting to WebDAV (Windows CE 5.0)

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In Windows XP and later, the Windows file redirector has a built-in WebDAV client. Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office XP have built-in WebDAV redirectors.

Using Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server

The WebDAV client in Windows XP and later is integrated as a file system redirector. Clients can map WebDAV shares to drive letters in the same way as connecting to an SMB file share. You can use the Windows Explorer or the command line.

For example, to map files of to drive X, type the following text on the command line:

net use x:

To access the files using Windows Explorer, type the following text in the Address Bar:

net use X: \\192.468.0.1\MyVroot

When the Universal Naming Conventions (UNC) file name is used, the redirector will use SMB, WebDAV, or a combination of the two depending on what is available on the server.

After the redirector maps the files from MyVroot to drive X, you can perform any file operations as if drive X were physically connected to your computer. However, file operations depend on permissions that are allowed for each user. For more information about setting user permissions, see Configuring a WebDAV Server.

Using Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 2000 and Office XP and later have built-in WebDAV clients.

To save a Word file to a WebDAV share, type the following text in the file name dialog box:

http://<Device Name>/<Virtual Root>/<File Name>

Because there are interoperability issues when using Microsoft Office 2000 on Windows XP operating system, you should use Microsoft Office's WebDAV redirector instead of Windows file redirector.

In general, when using Microsoft Office products it is best to use files represented by their HTTP names instead of by their UNC paths. For example, use http://<Device Name>/<Virtual Root>/<File Name> instead of \\<Device Name>\<Virtual Root>\<File Name>.

Using Other WebDAV Clients

Other applications on different operating systems support WebDAV functionality. For information about configuring WebDAV on other operating systems, see the user documentation included with those operating systems.

See Also

WebDAV | Web Server Registry Settings | Web Server Security

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