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sol4440: Overview of WebDAV
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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2008
Updated Date: 08/31/2011

WebDAV is a set of HTTP protocol extensions that allow administrators to publish HTML content to a web server. FirePass implements WebDAV so that administrators can publish customized web pages for the FirePass controller logon, publish files for performing client-side remediation based on pre-logon sequence checks, and complete other tasks. The directories on the FirePass controller, which receive this content, are collectively referred to as the WebDAV sandbox.

Note: Microsoft user documentation generally refers to the WebDAV functionality and directories as Web Folders.

Enabling WebDAV sandbox customization

To use WebDAV with FirePass, you must first configure a WebDAV password. To configure the password, perform the following procedure:

  1. Log in to the Administrative Console.
  2. In the main navigation pane, select Device Management.
  3. In the upper navigation pane, select Security.
  4. In the sub-menu, select User Access Security.
  5. In the User Access Security section, click Allow insecure access.
  6. At the top of the page, click Requires services restart.
  7. To restart the FirePass services, click the Restart button.
  8. In the upper navigation pane, select Customization.
  9. In the Advanced Customization section, select the Allow WebDAV sandbox customization check box.
  10. In the Create WebDAV Password field, enter a password consisting of at least eight characters.
  11. Click the Update button.

Accessing the WebDAV sandbox

Important: You must have at least one HTTP (non-SSL) web service configured in FirePass, and the Do not redirect to HTTPS check box must be selected for that web service. For more information about configuring web services, refer to the FirePass Controller Administrator Guide.

To access the WebDAV directory, perform the following procedure:

  1. Access the following URL using a WebDAV client:
     

    http://<firepass>/sandbox/

    Note: Replace <firepass> with the host name or IP address of the FirePass HTTP (non-SSL) web service.
     

  2. At the login prompt, enter webdav as the username and enter the password you created in Step 10 of the Enabling WebDAV sandbox customization procedure as the password.

Important: F5 Product Development recommends limiting the size of your WebDAV directory to 20 MegaBytes or less if you use a FirePass high availability or cluster configuration. For more information, refer to  SOL8552: WebDAV sandbox size limit for high availability and cluster configurations.
 

For more information about WebDAV customization, refer to the Device Management: Customization: Global: Advanced WebDAV customization section of the FirePass online help.
 

For a list of WebDAV-compatible clients, refer to the following website:

http://www.webdav.org/projects/

With the release of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Microsoft separated the IE from the Explorer shell. WebDav (i.e. Web Folders) are now accessed through Network Places. For more information, refer to the Microsoft documentation.

For information about enabling WebDAV for use with MS Internet Explorer 6, refer to the following Microsoft knowledge base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;298637

For information about enabling WebDAV for use with MS Internet Explorer 5, refer to the following Microsoft knowledge base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;195851

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