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Re: Samba Shared Folders over a WAN link - webdav, ssl, and win98



Is this possible with win98 clients?  I am looking for an option that appears
like a normal mapped drive for my road warrior laptop users



Ow Mun Heng (Ow Mun Heng wdc com) wrote:
>
> On Fri, 2004-06-11 at 12:35, Alan Horn wrote:
> > On Fri, 11 Jun 2004, Ow Mun Heng wrote:
> >
> > >> Is apache with webdav and SSL an option instead here ?
> > >
> > >
> > > I don't get the solution. Can you elaborate? Meaning using an Upload
> > >form or something?
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Windows XP (and to a certain extent other windows platforms although I'm
> > not sure of the compatibility matrix), allows you to 'add a remote
> > location' as a folder.
> >
> > You can add a webdav aware webserver URL as this location.
> >
> > On the server side, you have apache with mod_dav and mod_ssl (the SSL for
> > security as I think you're trying to achieve). Then the location
> > definition in your httpd.conf file could be something like :
> >
> > Alias /webdav/foobar /path/to/foobar
> > <Location /webdav/foobar>
> >    DAV On
> >    AuthPAM_Enabled on
> >    AllowOverride None
> >    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
> >    AuthType Basic
> >    AuthName "Foobar File Share"
> >    Require group webdavusers
> > </Location>
> >
> >
> > You open the location on your windows desktop by double clicking just the
> > same as you would any folder.
> >
> > The webserver will authenticate you (probably using PAM, but it's up to
> > you how you configure this part)
> >
> > You can then drag and drop and perform operations as you would any normal
> > windows folder, the DAV portion over https is transparent to windows. And
> > I suspect the protocol os probably very much more efficient than SMB over
> > a wan. Clients for non windows users are also available (e.g. cadaver
> > command line Unix dav client)
>
> https would add additional Overhead though. It's not mentioned, does
> cavader actually mounts that as a shared drive/folder?
>
> > A quick google gives me some links that will help explain further.
> >
> > This shows some sample setup for windows :
> >
> > http://www.its.pomona.edu/about_its/help/help_sheets/HTML/winxpwebdav.htm
> >
> > This is the webdav community site :
> >
> > http://www.webdav.org/
> >
> > Installation instructions for mod_dav
> >
> > http://www.webdav.org/mod_dav/install.html
> >
> >
> > Hope that this helps.. email me offline if you want more help on it :)
>
> This is certainly interesting. The FAQ states that it even supports file locking
> for concurrency support and most beneficial to _high_latency_ environments.
>
> That is way cool in my books.
>
> Thanks for the links. I'll read more on it during the weekends and explore further.
>
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