Novell NetDrive: Webdav client for Windows

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Got to offload this tip from OSCOM before I forget. NetDrive is a free client, provided by Novell, to allow access to Webdav servers from Windows, by mapping a drive.

Quite a few of the CMS’s presented as OSCOM make use of Webdav to allow easy update of content, including eZ publish and Typo for PHP (plus PEAR::HTTP_WebDavServer).

Personally don’t have much first hand experience with Webdav but talking to those that have at OSCOM got reports of patchy client implementations on Windows, that don’t play well with anything but Microsoft’s own server technologies. Apparently it’s bad enough for projects like Life CMS to implement their own Virtual File system, by overriding Linux filesystem calls (which is a long way to go if you’re trying to build a CMS!).

The NetDrive tip is thanks to Ivan Ristic, who PHP coders may know from PHP Traveller. Got more to say later, about what Ivan’s been doing with mod_security, which is a great project.

Anyway – personally hadn’t heard of NetDrive before and wasn’t the only one surprised to hear of it. Strikes me Novell have a real problem getting their message out there. Danese Cooper gave an insightful talk on the impact corporate blogs are having at Sun – perhaps Novell could learn something? The Novell / Suse / Ximian thing seems to be happening pretty quietly which is surprising given the potential…

Frequently Asked Questions about Novell NetDrive WebDAV Client for Windows

What is the main function of Novell NetDrive WebDAV Client for Windows?

Novell NetDrive WebDAV Client for Windows is a software application that allows users to map network drives to WebDAV, FTP, and Novell servers. This means that users can access and manage files on these servers as if they were stored on their local computer. This provides a seamless and efficient way to manage files across different servers.

How does Novell NetDrive compare to other similar software?

Compared to other similar software, Novell NetDrive stands out for its simplicity and efficiency. It supports a wide range of servers and protocols, making it a versatile tool for managing files across different platforms. Additionally, it provides a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for users to map and manage their network drives.

Is Novell NetDrive compatible with all versions of Windows?

Novell NetDrive is compatible with most versions of Windows. However, it’s always recommended to check the specific system requirements before installing the software to ensure optimal performance.

How secure is Novell NetDrive?

Novell NetDrive uses advanced security features to ensure the safety of your files. It supports secure protocols like HTTPS and SSL, which encrypt your data during transmission to prevent unauthorized access.

Can I use Novell NetDrive on multiple computers?

Yes, you can install and use Novell NetDrive on multiple computers. However, each computer will require its own license.

How do I troubleshoot issues with Novell NetDrive?

If you’re experiencing issues with Novell NetDrive, you can refer to the user manual or the online support resources provided by Novell. These resources provide detailed instructions on how to troubleshoot common issues.

Can I use Novell NetDrive with other Novell products?

Yes, Novell NetDrive is designed to work seamlessly with other Novell products. This allows you to manage all your Novell software from a single interface, making it easier to keep track of your files and settings.

How do I update Novell NetDrive?

Updates for Novell NetDrive are usually released through the official Novell website. You can check for updates manually or set the software to update automatically.

What are the system requirements for Novell NetDrive?

The system requirements for Novell NetDrive vary depending on the version of the software. However, it generally requires a Windows operating system and a certain amount of RAM and hard drive space.

How do I uninstall Novell NetDrive?

You can uninstall Novell NetDrive through the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ feature in your Windows Control Panel. Simply select Novell NetDrive from the list of installed programs and click ‘Uninstall’.

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Harry Fuecks is the Engineering Project Lead at Tamedia and formerly the Head of Engineering at Squirro. He is a data-driven facilitator, leader, coach and specializes in line management, hiring software engineers, analytics, mobile, and marketing. Harry also enjoys writing and you can read his articles on SitePoint and Medium.

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