Before WebDAV IIS we need to learn about the capabilities of IIS. So to launch Web Application a user requires a webserver and the IIS (Internet Information Server) may be classified as of the most powerful web servers ever launched by Microsoft. For Hosting, web application, IIS achieves optimal performance by utilizing its own Process Engine which handles all sorts of request.

How To Enable WebDAV IIS Connectivity

To process is simple as when a request arrives from client to server. The IIS  will handle that request and process it, after that it will send a response back to the clients.  Now for its integration and maintaining WebDAV IIS in the Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0  which runs on Windows Server® 2008. Microsoft has released a  different and separate downloadable WebDAV extension module which has been totally different as it fully was rewritten.

The <webdav> element contains the settings that configure Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. WebDAV is an Internet-based open standard that enables editing Web sites over HTTP and HTTPS connections. WebDAV yields several advantages over the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), the most notable advantages are more security options and the ability to use a single TCP port for all communication.


This new WebDAV IIS extension module has been bundled up with a lot of new features that enable Web authors to publish content which is quite better than before. The feature includes a lot of Web administrators more security and configuration options. As for the release of IIS 7.5 version. A newer WebDAV module was built-in for Microsoft IIS to support it.

In addition to that, Microsoft also released an updated version of the downloadable module which was released for IIS 7.0. The new version allows the  WebDAV module to provide shared and exclusive locks support which prevents lost updates due to overwrites.


WebDAV IIS: Pre-settings required beforehand for Installing and Configuring

All the points mentioned below must be pre-installed in the PC before to run WebDAV IIS.

For this, IIS 7.0 or newer versions must be  pre-installed on the user’s  server, after that it must be configured as  follows:

    1. The Default Web Site that is created by the IIS 7.0 installation must still exist.
    2. The Internet Information Services Manager must be installed.
    3. At least one authentication method must be installed.
    4. The WebDAV Redirector must be installed for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012. (The WebDAV Redirector is already installed on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.) To install the WebDAV Redirector, use Server Manager to install the Desktop Experience feature.
webdav IIS Server

A WebDAV IIS Server

10 Steps For Installing the WebDAV IIS Extension

  1. First of all, go to Control Panel and then click Programs after that Programs and Features.
  2. Then select  Turn Windows features On or Off.
  3. After this, you will be redirected to the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager console, under Connections, select your server name.
  4. Also from Connections, expand your web server, Sites, and select your website.
  5. Double-click WebDAV Authoring and then Enable WebDAV. After this Click on WEBDAV settings
  6. In settings, select the directory or virtual directory where you want to allow WebDAV access. After that Double-click WebDAV Authoring.
  7.  After this, you need to Click Add Authoring Rule and add the appropriate rules for your environment.
  8. Right-click the directory or virtual directory you added authoring rules to, and click Edit Permissions.
  9. Click Security, and add the appropriate permissions.
  10. This will result in WEbDAV being enabled on IIS. now users can easily upload or send images to their reports as per as their desire.

To understand how IIS WebDAV servers work and to  learn more about such WebDAV Servers  just click here and enrich yourself with all WEbDAV knowledge. You can also learn how to set up free WebDAV servers utilizing open source projects for WebDAV.

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