Network Places shortcut


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Mike Leake

I have a strange problem when creating a Network Places shortcut on my XP
Pro machine. First off, I have two PCs that are part of a workgroup--one
with XP Pro, the other with Windows 2000. I have a VPN connection to a
company I do some work for over the net.

When I create a network place pointing to a VPN address on either PC, I
enter a network address in this format:
http://server.companyname.com/folderr/

On the XP machine it converts this to an invalid share style address once
the network place shortcut is saved:
\\server.companyname.com\folder

On my Windows 2000 machine, on the other hand, it leaves it in the format I
entered and works fine.

If I select Start, Run and enter the http address above on the XP machine,
it finds the folder just fine. Anyone know what might be causing XP to
translate it this way when trying to create a network place?
 
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Nico Tomacelli [MSFT]

Hi Mike,

The reason why your computer is changing the shortcut address to \\ from
http:// is because it is converting it to a DAV share. The reason it is
doing this is because the server you are trying to connect to is running DAV
and we check for that response first. If the server responds that it is a
DAV server, we convert it. If it doesn't, then we proceed to the next type,
which is WebFolders. The reason you do not see this on Win2k, is because
Win2k did not support DAV shares.

Unfortuantely there is not a way to override this so the only way to fix
this, is to check with the Administrator of your companies server and ask
them if they're using DAV, and if not...turn it off.

Hope this helps,
Thanks,
Nico Tomacelli
Microsoft Corp.
US - Windows Core:SOLID

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Mike Leake

Thanks, Nico. Turning off webDAV fixed accessing one folder on that server
via a network places shortcut, but not another folder on the same server for
some reason. What's odd is that someone else who's accessing this server and
also running XP SP1 says he doesn't get these http:// to \\ conversions like
I do. We'll keep looking.

Mike Leake
 
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Nico Tomacelli [MSFT]

Hi Mike,

It could be that the other persons computer does not have the WebClient
service running on their XPSP1 machine. (services.msc -> WebClient).
Make sure that you go into inetmgr and that the headers for each site match
(Frontpage Extensions). I've seen instances where IIS doesn't clean up the
children.

Hope this helps.

Thanks,
Nico Tomacelli
Microsoft Corp.
US - Windows Core:SOLID

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