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  • Blog Post: Updating my HTML Application for Configuring your WebDAV Redirector Settings

    A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was titled " How to create an HTML Application to configure your WebDAV Redirector settings ", where I showed how to use HTMLA to create a simple editor for most of the WebDAV Redirector settings. These settings have no other user interface, so prior to my blog...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Blind Drop WebDAV Share

    I had an interesting WebDAV question earlier today that I had not considered before: how can someone create a "Blind Drop Share" using WebDAV? By way of explanation, a Blind Drop Share is a path where users can copy files, but never see the files that are in the directory. You can setup something like...
  • Blog Post: IIS 6.0 WebDAV and Compound Document Format Files Revisited with Workarounds

    A few years ago I wrote the following blog, wherein I described how the WebDAV functionality in IIS 6.0 worked with files that are Compound Document format: IIS 6.0 WebDAV and Compound Document Format Files As I explained in that blog post, WebDAV needs somewhere to store "properties" for files...
  • Blog Post: WebDAV Website Importer for WebMatrix

    The other day I was talking with one of my coworkers, Yishai Galatzer , about Microsoft's WebMatrix . By way of introduction, Yishai is one of our senior developers on the WebMatrix project; I'm not sure if you've used WebMatrix, but it's a pretty handy website editor. Here's a few generic screen shots...
  • Blog Post: Storing IIS 7.5 WebDAV Properties in NTFS Alternate Data Streams

    Two months ago Microsoft published an update for the WebDAV module that shipped with IIS 7.5 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and this update is documented in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article ID 2593591: FIX: A hotfix is available that enables WebDAV to store the properties of file resources...
  • Blog Post: Sending WebDAV Requests in .NET Revisited

    I recently spoke with a great customer in India, and he was experimenting with the code from my Sending WebDAV Requests in .NET blog post. He had a need to send the WebDAV LOCK/UNLOCK commands, so I wrote a quick addition to the code in my original blog post to send those commands, and I thought that...
  • Blog Post: How to create an HTML Application to configure your WebDAV Redirector settings

    I've mentioned in previous blog posts that I use the Windows WebDAV Redirector a lot. (And believe me, I use it a lot .) Having said that, there are a lot of registry settings that control how the Windows WebDAV Redirector operates, and I tend to tweak those settings fairly often. I documented all...
  • Blog Post: Life after FPSE (Part 6)

    In this latest installment on my series about configuring your server for hosting without the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE), I'd like to discuss a couple of WebDAV best practices that I like to use. Blocking FPSE-related Folders with Request Filtering In my How to Migrate FPSE Sites to WebDAV...
  • Blog Post: Using URL Rewrite to Modify WebDAV PROPFIND Responses with BIG-IP's SSL Offloading

    I ran into an interesting situation recently where a customer was using F5's BIG-IP for SSL offloading with their web farm and they were having problems with WebDAV. Here's the details of the scenario: BIG-IP adds a proprietary FRONT-END-HTTPS: ON header to requests, and that header is ignored by IIS...
  • Blog Post: IIS 6.0 WebDAV and Compound Document Format Files

    We recently ran into a situation where a customer thought that they were seeing file corruption when they were transferring files from a Windows 7 client to their IIS 6.0 server using WebDAV. More specifically, the file sizes were increasing for several specific file types, and for obvious reasons the...
  • Blog Post: Sending WebDAV Requests in .NET

    Earlier today one of my coworkers, John Bocharov , asked me if I had ever done any WebDAV coding in .NET - specifically sending PUT and DELETE requests. I replied that I had, but it had been several months ago, and each time that I had written any WebDAV-related code samples it was for a specific purpose...
  • Blog Post: IIS Videos on Dr. Dobb's Web Site

    Like many people I know, I get a lot of email from various industry-related publications; some of the emails are spam, and the others are from computer magazines that I subscribe to. (And there are several of those. ;-] ) Anyway, I received an email the other day from the folks at Dr. Dobb’s, and...
  • Blog Post: Using Apple's WebDavFS for Mac OS X with WebDAV on IIS 7

    Today's blog post needs to have a disclaimer right up front - I freely admit I'm not a Mac OS X expert, so I may not have everything 100% correct in this post. But I've seen a lot of questions on forums.iis.net that discuss using IIS WebDAV with Mac OS X, so I thought that I'd share a few of the things...
  • Blog Post: FTP 7.5 and WebDAV 7.5 have been released!

    Over the next few days you're going to hear a lot of details about many of the great new IIS extensions that the IIS feature team is releasing for the 2009 MIX Conference in Las Vegas later today. I don't want to spoil any surprises by talking about anyone else’s feature areas, but I’m about to board...
  • Blog Post: Life after FPSE (Part 4)

    In continuation from my previous blog posts on on the subject of migrating from FPSE to WebDAV, today's blog post will address a combination of issues that I've run into and some implementation ideas. Listing content in virtual directories One different that I ran into rather quickly after I migrated...
  • Blog Post: Life after FPSE (Part 3)

    In continuation from my blog posts on April 17th and April 23rd , today's blog post will continue to examine moving from the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) to WebDAV, and today I'm going to address a combination of issues that I've run into and questions that I've received from customers. WebDAV...
  • Blog Post: Life after FPSE (Part 2)

    Following up on my last blog post , today's blog post will discuss some of the highlights and pitfalls that I have seen while transitioning from using the FrontPage Server Extensions to publish web sites to WebDAV. It should be noted, of course, that FTP still works everywhere - e.g. Expression Web,...
  • Blog Post: WebDAV Extension for Windows Server 2008 RTM is released!

    Earlier today the Microsoft released the RTM version of the new Microsoft WebDAV Extension for IIS 7.0 for Windows Server 2008! Listed below are the links for the download pages for each of the individual installation packages: 32-bit Installation Package : WebDAV (x86) Extension Module...
  • Blog Post: Enabling WebDAV on IIS 6

    I had a great question from someone the other day about enabling WebDAV on IIS 6, so I wrote a simple Windows Script Host (WSH) utility that does the trick. Because I'm a firm believer that writing code for one person will ultimately benefit someone else, I'm making that script the subject of today's...
  • Blog Post: WebDAV Redirector Registry Settings

    Following up on the release of the WebDAV module for IIS 7 , I've been experimenting with the WebDAV redirector that comes with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. This redirector ships as an updated WebClient service, and if you're using Windows Vista it should already be installed, but on Windows...
  • Blog Post: WebDAV Module for Windows Server 2008 GoLive Beta is released

    Earlier today the IIS product team released the GoLive beta version of the new WebDAV extension module for IIS 7. (This version is currently available for Windows Server 2008 only.) Listed below are the links for the download pages for each of the individual installation packages: 32-bit Installation...
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