Web Authoring with WebDAV

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

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 about 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:


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.

  • 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.