IIS 7 and Above
WebDAV related questions/issues
Last post Feb 24, 2012 04:28 PM by robmcm
Feb 24, 2012 09:19 AM|trahman-cytec|LINK
I am in the process of migrating from a Win2k3/IIS6 website environment to a Win2k8/IIS7.5 environment. The IIS6 environment was configured to use FPSE and I'm migrating to WebDAV in the new IIS7.5 environment. We've upgraded from XP/Frontpage to Win7/Sharepoint
Designer 2007 on the client side. With WebDAV functioning and the perms set correctly, I seem to be able to edit the dev environment live and make my changes to the site on the fly. I have a few comments/questions that I'm hoping someone can help me with.
-) Occasionally, when I open a IIS7.5 site using Sharepoint Designer via WebDAV, the dev server will prompt for credentials. The auth process, at least for my environment, seems a bit flaky where it will prompt for auth, even if the author's domain account
is configured for proper access. At other times, the system won't prompt and the user will be allowed right through. Is this something that others have experienced? If not, any suggestions as to how to troubleshoot? There doesn't seem to be anything indicated
in the logs as to what's causing the intermittent auth prompts
-) My previous IIS6/FPSE dev environment allowed my devs to track changes and view them in the Frontpage client interface. When logged into the dev server, each item on the dev server had a corresponding "last modified" entry, denoting who made the last change
to that item and when that last change took place. I found an entry in the forums (http://forums.iis.net/t/1182931.aspx) that stated that the versioning element of WebDAV was not implemented in the current release of IIS7.5's WebDAV module. Is this the case?
If so, are there any other simple, low-cost or free add-on tools for IIS that I can use to replicate this functionality to track and view the "last modified" tag for the content within the dev server?
-) Are there any industry best practices or recommended configuration options that I can reference for WebDAV lockdown? Not so much of a "how to get WebDAV running" but more of a "On an Internet facing server, here's what you *shouldn't* do with WebDAV"
-) I'd seen some comments on the forums regarding the performance of publishing from one environment to another using WebDAV. In my case, it would be using Sharepoint Designer to perform the publish from our dev environment to test and then from test to production.
Unfortunately, I'd seen similar performance issues in making those publish attempts and I've backtracked to use DirSyncPro instead to mirror the changes from one env to another. Are there any comments from others on this performance issue and how others may
have gone about fixing or working around it?
Feb 24, 2012 04:28 PM|robmcm|LINK
Wheich authentication mode are you using? If you are using Windows Authentication, then it
should just go through without any prompts. But that being said, if you are using Windows Authentication over the Internet, then you might see problems with Windows Authentication. Also, if you are using Windows Authentication on your local (internal)
network and you are using fully-qualified domain names (e.g. myserver.mydomain.net) or IP addresses then Windows Authentication might get confused and
think that you're going over the Internet even when you're not. (This is caused when the networking stack sees a dot ["."] in an address; it assumes that it must be on the Internet, even when it's a local IP address.)
As luck would have it, I have written a great deal of content about migrating from FPSE to WebDAV, and here are just a few of the topics that I have written: