Web Authoring with WebDAV (IIS 6.0)

Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) extends the HTTP/1.1 protocol to allow clients to publish, lock, and manage resources on the Web. This section describes how to set up a WebDAV publishing directory on an IIS server, and how clients can connect to the server to edit and manipulate files.


WebDAV is an optional component of IIS 6.0 and is not installed by default. See Installing IIS for information on installing WebDAV. After WebDAV is installed, it can be enabled through the Web Services Extensions node in IIS Manager.

This section includes the following information:

About WebDAV: Describes how WebDAV can create directories from which remote users can publish and manipulate files.

Creating Publishing Directories: Describes how to set up a WebDAV publishing directory.

Managing WebDAV Security: Provides tips on how to optimize IIS and Windows Server 2003 family security to secure your WebDAV site.

Searching WebDAV Directories: Describes how to configure a WebDAV directory so that users can search it for content and document properties.

WebDAV Redirector: Describes how WebDAV Redirector treats files on the Web like they were a mapped network drive.


WebDAV publishing is an implementation of the HTTP 1.1 protocol as specified in RFC 2518, and it is supported in IIS versions 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0.

Related Information

For more information about file and directory security, see "Encrypting File System" (EFS) in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003. EFS is a new feature in Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. Also, see Securing Files with NTFS Permissions.

For information about HTTP Extensions for WebDAV Distributed Authoring, see RFC 2518 at the Internet Engineering Task Force Web site.

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