Using WebDAV on a Mac from Lincoln University
Originally posted on my iBlog 15 July 2004.
Summary: I'm one of a small minority of Macs inside a Windows network without Mac IT support. This has raised problems, although only a few of them have not been easily surmountable. This is one. I cannot use my Mac to open an intranet WebDAV folder to update my course website. Or, rather, I can connect to them and copy into them but cannot see their contents. It seems to be a propriety issue with Microsoft's IIS server. (Thankfully Lincoln has since decided to move to Moodle for its course webpages which sidesteps the whole problem.)
Body: From: Jon Sullivan
Date: Tue Jun 15, 2004 2:07:17 PM Pacific/Auckland
Subject: Re: staff question about ECOL103
Well, I got it working in XP without trouble.
I tried on the Mac with the proxy server off, as you suggested. It opens a connection, but shows a folder with nothing inside. I tried loading up a test folder into this space, which it did. But when I disconnected and reconnected, it was no longer displayed. Oddly, this test file shows up when I connected with XP, so it is uploading successfully.
So I AM connecting. But I am not able to view the contents of the folder.
I had a quick snoop on the web, and the problem is with Lincoln's Microsoft IIS server not playing nicely with the non-Microsoft world (there's a surprise). The following are a few extracts from the Goliath help listserv archive (http://mailman.webdav.org/pipermail/goliath/ ).
"I am attempting to connect to a Microsoft IIS server with Frontpage
extensions. FTP access is turned off.
Goliath seems to successfully connect but no files appear in the
connection window. Anyone know what is going on?
Using WebFolders on Windows 9x allows access.
Does anyone know of another way around this?
"The question regarding uploading to an IIS server reflects the same
issue I have been having uploading to IIS v5.5 with Frontpage
extensions. It seems Microsoft is being very proprietary here and - I
have been told - only supports WebDAV if the OS and app follows their
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) protocol. I do not have enough
technical knowledge to figure out whether that completely leaves Mac
access out in the cold or whether some work around is possible."
"I'm currently evaluating the level of effort required to support the
Microsoft IIS server - this is the last feature that I am considering for
So, it looks like I'm screwed by Microsoft again. I'll use XP on Virtual PC in the interim.