Connect with Visual Web Developer 2010 to a WebDAV share

If you are a developer you probably use developer tool. If you are working in Windows environment it probably means that you are using IIS 7.0 or 7.5. In this case WebDAV is a pretty good solution if you want to access your developer folder directly from your computer. Exclude in that case if you are workink directly on that  machine which runs the IIS.

Visual Web Developer 2010 is a tool which has been developed by Microsoft. Combining this tool with a WebDAV share might cause a pretty good experience and this is the reason why I want to share my oppinion with you.

First of all let’s see what we should do before we start:

1. In the Server Manager check in the Role section under IIS whether the WebDAV role is installed. If it isn’t then tick off and istall it.

Install WebDAV Publishing

2. After the installation WebDAV will be found among the modules. It is available on server level and it is available on site level as well.

WebDAV in IIS Manager

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Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer error

The dreaded Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer error. I have seen a couple of times eventually discovering new causes of this error message. But the Internet is a good source solving this, after doing a couple of cross tests and research.

Basically you get this on your client when you try to open a document library with explorer (Open with explorer button on the ribbon on the Library tab) and something went wrong.

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer
Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer

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Simple private cloud storage using WebDAV

WebDAV stand for the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning.
For the end user it means file and diroctory manipulation in URL namespace. Operating systems with GUI are able to handle WebDAV resource as remote device.

Why this storage type is called cloud storage? Install this http server setup on 2 or more separate machine on different network and synchronize the data via network. I’ll use ZFS snapshots and the incremental send/receive capability of ZFS.

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