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WebDrive is a file and document sharing solution based on remote file server technology provided by Wevault. This tutorial explains how to setup your Webdrive file sharing software on Microsoft Windows. For more information about Webdrive or to apply for a service please see Getting Started with Webvault Webdrive File Sharing

Installing the Software

1. Download and install the latest version of WebDrive for Microsoft Windows.

To determine which version of Microsoft Windows you are using, please read How to Check Your Version of Microsoft Windows

Configuring WebDrive

2. Once you have installed the Webdrive software on your computer, open Webdrive from your desktop icon, or from the Windows/Programs shortcut. Click on the New Site button.


3. Enter the name of your site as Webdrive as shown, and choose W: from the list of drive letters. Click Next.


4. Choose WebDAV from the list of server types. If you have applied for a security encryption certificate for your Webdrive service, you can click Connect Security, otherwise do NOT enable the Connect Security option. Click Next.


5. Enter the URL for your webdrive server as provided by Webvault. This will normally be in the format of yourbusiness.netfiles.com.au. Click Next.


6. Untick the Anonymous/Public Login option, and then enter your Webdrive Username and Password as provided by Webvault. Click on Save Password. Click Next.


7. Click the Connect at login/startup option checkbox. Do NOT connect to the Site now until you have optimised your Webdrive settings in the next section. Click Finish.

Webdrive Settings

8. You MUST optimise your Webdrive settings to work best in Windows and for use in multi-user environments. From the main Webdrive screen, click on the Webdrive branch, and select the Properties button.


9. Click on the HTTP settings section and ensure that ONLY the following settings are enabled. You may have to disable some options that are ticked by default.

  • Always choose Basic Authentication
  • Enable persistent connections (Keep-Alive)
  • Do chucked upload for large files
  • Enable byte ranges on GET


10. Click on the DAV section on the left and type your name in the Lock Owner Property field. Tick Enable Auto Dav Locking, and also tick Use Dave lock to check if user has Write access to file.

In the middle field labeled Only lock files with the following extensions... Enter the following exactly (you may wish to copy and paste to ensure accuracy):



11. Click on the File section on the left to access these settings. Ensure that ONLY the following settings are enabled. You may have to disable some options that are ticked by default.

  • Use read-only directory attribute
  • Resume interrupted file transfers
  • Cache temporary MS Office files
  • Ignore desktop.ini files (assume they dont exist)
  • Enable NTFS File Security (for applications requiring NT security)
  • Stop file downloads when the application closes the file before reading
  • Enable Quota Processing
  • Disable Explorer Icon handler to prevent file download
  • Set Files modified time after upload to preserve date/time
  • Enable Directory Change Notification


12. Click on the Cache settings on the left. Choose Override global settings from the drop down list.


13. Click on the Cache Options section on the left. Enable the Multi-user - Check with server to determine if cache files are up to date option.

Click OK to save your Webdrive settings, your software is now correctly configured.

NOTE: If you have already setup Webdrive previously, and are just updating your settings, you must disconnect and reconnect your Webdrive file share before your new settings will take affect.
Please read How To Disconnect and Reconnect Your Webdrive File Share


Connecting to Webdrive

14. You can now connect your Webdrive. Click the Connect button from the main Webdrive screen. This will Map your Webdrive folders to the W:\ drive on your computer. You can now access or copy files and documents to your Webdrive as shown.

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