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Starting with Windows XP it's possible to 'natively' mount a WebDAV server as a local drive.
Windows 2000 only support 'web folders' which do allow you to browse the WebDAV directories,
but doesn't support useful features like inplace editing.

There are some caveats:

  • the WebDAV server has to run on port 80
  • the 'WebClient' service has to be enabled on the Windows machine
  • a registry change is required to change the authentication method :
UseBasicAuth = 2 (DWORD)

or use

reg add \hklm\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters /v UseBasicAuth /t REG_DWORD /d 2

Windows 2003

After the changes listed above are made you are good to go.

Windows XP

Windows XP has more known issues with WebDAV support.
If the 'root' of the URL does not support WebDAV mounting the subfolder will fail.

Currently there is no fix for this problem, but a workaround is possible.
Configure a webserver proxy to proxy requests for
to http://ip/jackrabbit-webapp/repository/default/, this way the root of the server
corresponds to http://ip/jackrabbit-webapp/repository/, which does support WebDAV,
and the default repository can be mounted.

Mounting the folder

After these changes the WebDAV server can be mounted:

net use z: "http://ip/jackrabbit-webapp/repository/default/"

Some useful Knowledge Base articles:

Other resources:

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