18.3 Setting Up Your WebDAV Client

The steps required to set up a WebDAV client to connect to your portal varies depending on the client. But all clients will eventually request a URL. The WebDAV URL is very similar to the URL you use to access the portal in your Web browser. It uses the following format:


Where dav_location is the location as specified in the oradav.conf file.

The default portal DAV URL is:

  • The dav_portal part of the URL is the default name of a virtual directory that is used to differentiate between portal access through a WebDAV client and portal access through the portal user interface.

  • The portal part of the URL is the name of the data access descriptor (DAD) of the portal installation. Administrators can also configure virtual hosts to provide a different, simpler, or easier to remember URL for WebDAV access, if need be.

Directly access a particular page group or page by adding its name to the WebDAV URL, for example:


You connect to a portal through WebDAV clients using the same user name and password that you use to log in to the portal itself. If the portal is in a hosted environment, you also must add your company information to your user name, as follows:


If you are using Web Folders on Windows 2000, you may be prompted for your user name and password twice: once when you click Next after specifying the WebDAV URL, and again when you click Finish.

Some WebDAV clients (such as, Windows 2000 or NT) do not support multiple simultaneous logins. If you want to log in as a new user, you must clear your cookies, restart your computer to clear out the current login session, then log in as the new user.

You may need to delete the file C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Cookies from the Command Prompt (that is, DOS). You can do this only when no other processes are using the file.

If your WebDAV client has no explicit logout feature, you must log out of the operating system (such as Windows 2000 or NT) to log out of the portal.