WebDAV Redirector: Everything you need to know about it

In the earlier days, there was WebFolders WebDAV client which used to redirect the clients to their WebDAV folder. Well, the WebDAV Redirector (or also known as the mini-Redirector) is kinda like a successor to the WebFolders WebDAV client for the Windows OS systems.

What is WebDAV Redirector?

WebDAV redirector

The Redirector in WebDAV (DAVRdr) is sometimes called the Mini-Redirector. For Windows Server 2003, it enables use of WebDAV servers like SharePoint Services and MSN Communities as if they were normal fileservers. It is an evolutionary step on top of the WebFolders WebDAV client and is available on Windows from the XP and Vista versions.

What are the Components of WebDAV Redirector?

The primary components combine together to enable servers to act as normal file servers by using the WebDAV protocol. The components that allow this are:

  • Kernel Component – connects to Windows remote file system stack
  • User-Level Component – translates file system requests to WebDAV requests

Differences between WebDAV Redirector and Windows WebFolders

  • No special installation required for Redirector
  • WebDAV redirector completely abstracts the file system to a remove WebDAV Share
  • Redirector does not support Basic Access Authentication scheme by default
  • Registry tweaks are required to enable Basic Access Authentication for WebDAV Redirector

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As it works flawlessly on both XP and Vista versions of Windows. Also, no kind of special installation is

required. Now the reason Redirectors where the new beta ver of WebFolders was due to the fact that unlike WebFolders client, Redirector has the ability to complete abstract a file system to any remote WebDAV share. However, its only demerit is that the Redirector doesn’t support Basic Access Authentication scheme by default. But this can also be reversed using a few tweaks on the user’s registry and thus the BAA on Redirector can be enabled.

How to Enable Basic Access Authentication for WebDAV Redirector

  1. Download the WebDAV registry file and execute it. (WARNING: Please verify the validity of this registry file in your own testing environment – we can no guarantee the security of this file)
  2. Once you have set up the registry file, open DOS and enter the following command:  net use * “http://<xwikihost>/xwiki/webdav/” /User:<username> <password>
  3. Confirm that this command works if it looks like this:Enabling WebDAV Redirector
  4. Browse My Computer and you should see a new “webdav’ on ‘mydavserver\xwiki’ drive attached:WebDAV Drive in Redirector
  5. Your network drive is available and you can now use it like any other file folder: Browse the WebDAV fileserver

 

WebDAV Redirector:

How can it be worked with OneDrive

OneDrive is used to store files onto the cloud system. This cloud-based data storage system also implements the use of WebDAV, now we are going to see how does to set up the WebDAV Redirector with OneDrive

1. Log Into Your OneDrive Account

WebdAV RedirectorThe first thing which is required by the user is to go to Onedrive and then sign in with the user’s Windows account.

2 .Determine Your OneDrive Customer ID

This step requires the user to find their customer ID, to find the Customer ID just go over to the Files section and check the status browser on the bottom of the browser screen. This is where the Customer ID for the suer’s OneDrive account is shown.

3 – Generate an Application Password for you WebDAV Redirector

  • To map a WebDAV drive to your OneDrive account. The user requires to generate an application password which can be used by the user to enter the credentials.  Now to generate the app password, log into the Microsoft account at Account.live.com
  • after that, obtain the password by clicking on Security & Password and then  Create a new app password.
  • The app password will be displayed on the redirected page, copy that.

Step 4 – Map the Drive Letter

  • Now the user needs to Map the drive letter for viewing all the OneDrive files in Windows Explorer
  • Right- Click on  This PC or My Computer icons on the desktop or from the computer, and select Map network drive.
  • For Windows 8 users open This PC and Map network drive will be listed as an icon on the Windows Explorer ribbon.
  • After that the  Map Network Drive Wizard  will appear, this is where the user  must enter “https://d.docs.live.net/” followed by the  user’s Customer ID  and click Finish
  • Then the Windows Security dialogue box will appear, this is where the user must enter their email ID along with the obtained password for logging into their OneDrive Account.
  • After this, Mapping shall be completed.

And that is how this is done, the WebDAV Redirector which has numerous Known versions for being implemented with WebDAV HTTP servers. Can be easily implemented with OneDrive.

These are some fascinating things to learn about  WebDAV servers. Follow our other articles to enlighten yourself with all the WebDAV topic there is to cover on the internet. If you’re in the market to connect your webdav devices or users to Dropbox or Box WebDAV endpoints, then check out our new WebDAV gateway service.

References

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/iis/publish/using-webdav/using-the-webdav-redirector

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2003/cc787023(v=ws.10)

https://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Extension/WebDAV%20Server%20-%20Redirector#Attachments

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