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Friday, November 30, 2007

Updated: Web Folders 4 WHS

Today I am making available the latest build of Web Folders 4 WHS (version 0.6.2) which is largely a cosmetic upgrade from the previous version (version 0.6.0) and includes some new eye candy for more easily identifying folders and whether they are web enabled or not:

WebFolders4WHS 0.6.2

In addition, an updated Instructions document has been created with removal guidance as well as some information on how to manually remove everything configured by the add-in in the unlikely event (something that has not been encountered yet) that the add-in and it's configuration cannot be removed using the suggested method.

The Dreaded Warning

After being greeted with this warning in the previous version:

WebFolders4WHS Warning

some became worried about the stability of my add-in and what it could do to their system.

I want to make clear that as yet I have received no reports of data loss, reduction of system stability or performance, famine, flood or death as a result of the use of this add-in. Despite that, this add-in still relies on a number of unsupported Windows Home Server sub-systems (but supported portions of the Windows Small Business Server which serves as the basis for WHS) and simply exists as a warning of that.

At a later date I will replace the current warning with a less intrusive one.

Upgrading from Previous Version

Any users using the initial release of this add-in are advised to uninstall the previous version, download the new one and install it.

You are NOT required to remove the previous configuration prior to this upgrade.

Without further delay, the files:

Note that Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306) is still required on client machines if not already installed.

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  • Bloody lovely! This should be provided by default with WHS, but you've definitely taken the initiative here by doing this!

    Well done!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 AM  

  • I installed this last night on my HP Mediaserver and it worked great. However today while at work I am trying to connect via the "normal" web interface I get a pop-up login dialog box asking for my username and PW. After entering them (normal usernames or administrator and PW's)I get the following error. As a note I never installed the client patch at work as I assumed it was just for the mapping of drives etc (and it's a work machine I dont want to put additional sw on). Is that required for any machine to connect in any fashion after this is installed? Thanks for your help!

    Error page:

    You are not authorized to view this page
    You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied because your Web browser is sending a WWW-Authenticate header field that the Web server is not configured to accept.

    Please try the following:

    Contact the Web site administrator if you believe you should be able to view this directory or page.
    Click the Refresh button to try again with different credentials.
    HTTP Error 401.2 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to server configuration.
    Internet Information Services (IIS)


    Technical Information (for support personnel)

    Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 401.
    Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled About Security, Authentication, and About Custom Error Messages.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:47 PM  

  • The patch doesn't really have anything to do with mapping a drive (ie z:\), instead it is required for WebDav over HTTPS when you open the WebFoldersShare dir on your server as a web folder... without the patch (or with it but when accessed over ordinary HTTP) you should get a file list in your web browser.

    What happens if you try to open up the URL (and log in appropriately) in your browser without opening it as a web folder?

    What browser are you using?

    For a faster response, drop me an email and we can try to work through this.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 3:37 PM  

  • This is a MUST-HAVE add-in for anybody that accesses their WHS remotely. My congratulations to Brendan for this one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:53 PM  

  • Great app works fine even using Vista 64 as client pc and mapping to a drive

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:56 PM  

  • Hi,
    I have mapped drive in Vista but I do not see any shared folders and I cannot copy any files.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 PM  

  • Simply installing the add-in and mapping the drive isn’t enough, in order to make the shares remotely available you need to expose them through the main view of the Web Folders tab in the Home Server Console.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:12 AM  

  • Thank you very much for this! I am now able to backup files from the office to the server very easily rather than having to try and do it one-by-one via the built-in uploader. Worked like a charm!

    By Blogger Blake, at 7:16 AM  

  • On the HP MediaSmart Server, if you make the web folder name as "webshare" it overwrites the default hp web stuff :(

    By Blogger Richard, at 12:58 PM  

  • Hi Brendan,

    I also receive a 401.2 error, when using IE to open my webfolders.
    I see the allowed shares. It did work for me, and I liked it, so I want it back :-)

    When I try to list the content of a non-user share I get the 401.2.
    I can list the content of an user-share, but no subdirs or files in those folders.

    What can I do to resolve/troubleshoot this? I installed IIS AuthDiagnostics, which isn't working for the webdisk-folder (regardless of https or http)

    By Anonymous Paul Molensky, at 9:08 AM  

  • I have just come across your Add-in.
    I would like to try it. But I have some questions as some things are not clear to me:
    1) I take it that WHS itself has to be enabled for remote access overall for the Web Folders to work remotely?

    2)If a user opens a file (Word document) from the Web folder, can he/she work on it directly and save back into the folder. Or does the file have to be dragged and dropped into the local computer?

    Many thanks,


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • This excellent. I have an ipad which has two apps, Goodreader and HDOffice2. Both these apps have WebDAV built in and now I can access files over the air directly on my Home Server which means I no longer have to upload stuff to Dropbox, and mobileme etc. This is proper cloud computing, excellent work

    By Blogger Unknown, at 5:42 AM  

  • Has anyone used this succesfully with the 7pass Windows Phone app? 7pass is a KeePass 2.x database (*.kdbx) reader for Windows Phone 7.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:22 PM  

  • Has anyone tried installing this on Windows 7 Home pls or have any idea whether it'd work?

    By Anonymous Chris, at 6:55 AM  

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    By Blogger Christoph Kühnl, at 12:50 AM  

  • Can you bring it for WHS 2011 please?

    By Blogger Christoph Kühnl, at 12:51 AM  

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