WebDAV hosting : A quick summary

A web host, or webdav hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. … If you do not have a domain, the hosting companies will help you purchase one.

WebDAV is an abbreviation for Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning. WebDAV is a group of extensions to HTTP allowing you to collaborate with your team on the editing and managing of your files on remote servers. WebDAV aim is to provide a protocol to make the web both readable and writable.

In short WebDAV, allows files to be shared via the Internet. When connecting to a WebDAV file server, you will be able to open, edit and delete files as if they were on the device you are using. The key functions of WebDAV including maintaining author or modification date properties, namespace administration and to provide overwrite protection.


Use the following steps to set up your IIS WebDAV hosting server for use with SOTI Hub. SOTI Hub requires the use of a Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) WebDAV server to access files residing on an NTFS file server. If needed, detailed instructions on how to perform each of the steps listed below can be found here.

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You can also use a SharePoint server to host your content repository. Go to Using SharePoint with SOTI Hub for more information.

WebDAV Hosting Prerequisites

The machine that hosts the IIS WebDAV server must have the following software installed:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or later
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services version 7 or later

Setup Steps

Use the following steps to set up the WebDAV server.


  1. Install IIS 7 or later.
  2. In the Actions panel, select Enable WebDAV
  3. Enable the WebDAV Publishing role.
  4. In Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, in the Connections pane, right-click on Default Site and select Add Virtual Directory to open the Add Virtual Directory dialog box as shown below.
  5. In the Add Virtual Directory dialog box, enter an alias. In the Physical path field, enter the UNC path for the file share.The application pool for the WebDAV server must have Read, Write, and List Folder Contents permissions to the file share. If this is not the case, click the Connect as button and select a user who has the required permissions.When you are done, click OK to close the Add Virtual Directory dialog box.
  6. In IIS Manager, in the Connections pane, click on Default Site to select it. In the center pane, double-click on WebDAV Authoring Rules.In the Actions pane, select WebDAV Settings.In the WebDAV settings, under the Property Behavior section, set Allow Property Queries with Infinite Depth to True.


Alternatively, set up your own webdav server