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Connect to WebDAV shared folders on QNAP NAS from Windows 7

Due to Windows 7 security enforcement, users cannot connect to WebDAV folders from Windows 7 by default. Select on of the following methods to connect to the WebDAV shared folders on QNAP NAS from Windows 7.

  1. Third party client software (recommended)
  2. Decrease the security level on Windows 7 (WebDAV)
  3. Use a fully trusted SSL connection (IT skills required)

A. Third party client software (recommended)

Users are recommended to connect to the WebDAV folders on the NAS by third party software from Windows 7. NetDrive will be used as an example below.

  1. Download NetDrive from http://www.netdrive.net/ and install the utility.
  2. Run NetDrive.
  3. Click “New Site” to create a connection to the QNAP NAS.
    • Site: Enter a name for this connection.
    • Site IP or URL: Enter the IP address or domain name of the NAS followed by the WebDAV folder name, e.g. 192.168.1.6/myshare. MyCloudNAS name can also be entered, e.g. mynas.mycloudnas.com/myshare
    • Server Type: Choose “WebDAV” from the drop-down menu. Note that the port number will be changed to 80 for standard WebDAV connection on QNAP NAS.
    • Drive: Select a drive letter to connect to the WebDAV folder.
    • Account: Enter the user name to login the NAS.
    • Password: Enter the password to login the NAS.
  4. Click “Save”. 
  5. Click “Connect”.
  6. Connect to the WebDAV folders via the drive letter specified in NetDrive on Windows 7.

B. Decrease the security level on Windows 7 (WebDAV, advanced user only)

Follow the instructions below to decrease the security level of Windows 7.

Refer to Microsoft documentation KB841215: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841215

  1. Open the registry editor (click “Start” and type regedit.exe). Administrator rights required.
  2. Navigate to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesWebClientParameters
  3. Change the value of BasicAuthLevel to 2.
    "BasicAuthLevel"=dword:00000002
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. Connect to the WebDAV folders from Windows 7.

C. Use a fully trusted SSL connection (IT skills needed)

You can connect to the WebDAV folders with a fully trusted SSL connection. The procedure will not be described here. The following are required:

  • Enable Secure Connection (SSL) for the web server (default port is 8081) on the NAS (“Network Services” > “Web Server”).
  • The NAS must have an SSL certificate issued by a trusted root CA that the Windows 7 PC client trusts.
  • The name of the SSL certificate must be the same as the Full Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) name used to connect to the NAS.
  • You must connect to the WebDAV folders using the FQDN name.
  • You can import the SSL certificate in “System Administration” > “Security” > “SSL Secure Certificate & Private Key” on the NAS.

 

Release date: 2013-07-16
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