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WebDAV 'An error has occurred copying some or all of the selected files.'

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Hi All,

I have been trying to configured WebDAV on our current IIS server as an alternative to FTP and have had some mixed success but I've hit a brick wall with one problem.

The server (Windows 2003 IIS 6) resides in the DMZ. I have created a virtual directory and directed it to a folder stored on the server. Integrated Windows Authentication and Basic Authentication has been enable along with SSL. I have added a handful of user account to the local server and configured the NTFS permissions on the folder.

The web directory can be mapped (https://www.website.com/Webdav) and I am able to Create/Modify/Delete folders and Download, Rename, Delete and Overwrite existing content but when i try to copy new content to the folder I get the following message 'An error occurred copying some or all of the selected files.'

I am very new to WebDAV and i cannot see what i am doing wrong. I would be very grateful to anyone who could steer me in the write direction.

Oct 16 '07 #1
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Oct 16 '07 #2
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After over 7 years of WebDAV experience with Windows I found the following solutions to a the most common WebDAV of issues.

Issue 1.

If you receive any type of error message trying to transfer files to WebDAV. Try the following:

Make sure WebDAV is patched. Windows 2K3 and prior have at least one patch. The biggest problem with WebDAV when it isn't patched is the "&" symbol. Any file or folder with this character may result in an inability to transfer files and or an entire directory and it's contents being invisible and/or inaccessible.

Issue 2.

File's get corrupted or appear corrupted when downloading or transferring.

Adjust the Temporary Internet Files cache to something larger than 250K. 512 to 1024 usually resolves issues with most file sizes.

Issue 3 (This issue is most prominent on Windows Server 2008 with SSL applied).

Web folders are visible and can be browsed, but no file transfers are possible. Errors like "an error occurred copying some or all of the selected files" appear. This may or may not occur with SSL installed. OR Web Folder creation indicates no such directory exists.

Make sure your SSL certificate is properly imported or created on the server and IIS (whichever version) is configured to use SSL. If you're using IIS7 you will need to install your certificate by right-clicking on the certificate file (I recommend putting it in the system32 folder), and make sure the certificate is imported into IIS7.

Final note: I have been using WebDAV with basic authentication and SSL on Windows 2000 Server (IIS5), Windows Server 2003 (IIS6), and Windows Server 2008 (IIS7). These are the main problems I've encountered and solutions I've come up with.

There you go! That should take care of most if not all WebDAV problems on a Windows Server.
Feb 12 '09 #3
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Did you find a solution? I looked at the steps suggested by jbirdjtrain and still am not able to push updates to our IIS 6.0 webserver win2k3 sp2. I have double-check web sharing access and ntfs permissions. The IIS server log gives a 401 error when it put request is sent from my understanding of how to read iis log files. Any feedback would be great thank you.
Sep 22 '10 #4
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I've seen this one too. It's a brain bender. It's probably associated with some problem on the client side. I've had some computers produce this problem while others didn't, and with no apparent reason. Here are some things to try:

1. The file size may be too large and the session is timing out. You can try to up the session timeout in IIS.
2. Make sure there are no "&" in any of the file names
3. Make sure there are no commas in file names of office documents (stupid sounding I know, but it solved the problem once).
4. If the path to the virtual directory is really long, shorten it by moving the directory closer to the root of the drive it's on.
5. There are 3-4 client side WebDAV patches to try. You'd have to look them up to know which ones seem to apply.
6. 64bit Windows XP will not work with WebDAV (my experience and from what I've read online).
7. Make sure the site is added as a trusted site in IE.
8. Make sure the Temporary Internet Files are set to at least 256MB.
9. Clear all browser cache.
10. Make sure Office applications are updated. Office 2K7 seems to be inconsistent with WebDAV, but it does work.
11. Set IE8 to always use compatibility mode for all sites.
12. IE8 is different on Vista and Windows 7 than it is with XP, so there are sometimes unique nuances that can be associated to certain Web integrations.
13. You can try mapping a drive to your WebFolder using a 'net use' command. Here's great reference for doing so: http://smallvoid.com/article/winnt-w...ork-drive.html

I'm happy to say we no longer use WebDAV. It's a very cool concept, but Microsoft doesn't really maintain it. Good luck.
Sep 22 '10 #5

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