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WebDAV and Windows 7

System requirements: Windows, None


This page will give you instructions on how to use WebDAV with Microsoft Windows 7.

How to Use:

To add a shortcut to your Windows 7 computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV:

  1. From the desktop, click Computer.
  2. Click Map Network Drive.
  3. On the Map Network Drive screen, click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures, and then click Next.
  4. Click Choose a custom network location, and then click Next.
  5. In the "Internet or network address" field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool, and then click Next.
    • To connect to a site's Resources, enter the following URL, replacing <website_name> with the appropriate <website_name>
      • WWW:<website name>
      • WWEB:<website name>
  6. When prompted, enter your UTA NetID. You may need to put uta\ in front of your NetID.
  7. You may now drag and drop folders and files between your computer and the site resources to which you just connected. To delete an item, right-click it and select Delete.

  8. After following the steps above to create a connection to your web site, when you are finished for the day and before you shutdown (or restart) your system, you must delete the link to your web site that shows up in Explorer and then re-create it after your system comes back up.

Known Issues:

Note: Connecting to your site's resources using WebDAV on a computer running Windows 7 does not work reliably. Developers are currently investigating this issue.

  • When you create and copy a file from a version of you files that exist on your computer (or a network drive) to your web site, Windows 7 will automatically lock that file and all dependent files. This will prevent you from updating the file at a later time. Currently, the only solution is to use a third party WebDAV program that will allow you to copy the files and also unlock them after they have been copied. Some suggestions are Dreamweaver and DAVExplorer.