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I need help and/or recommendations for choosing SFTP or WebDav for my web server.  I have many Macromedia Contribute users and would like to take advantage of all features for managing my users.  What is the best configuration of my web server to support Macromedia products?
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Hi dorbraxton,

If you can configure and support it, go with webdav.  It usually provides a number of performance benefits over FTP and Contribute is slow enough as it is without also dealing with FTP transfers.  I've found the biggest problem with webdav is people not knowing how to properly set it up...

The only real caveats I know about with webdav have to do with the way it needs permissions to execute set.  But if you know what you're doing, then use it...especially if you are on a Windows platform
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It seems to me this article:

http://weblog.textdrive.com/article/7/webdav-vs-sftp-the-how-and-when-for-each

contradicts your recommendation.  What are your thoughts?
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This document supports WebDav:

http://www.cs.ucsc.edu/~ejw/papers/kim_oss04.pdf
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Where do I go to find instructions on installing WebDav?
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>>  It seems to me this article contradicts your recommendation.

No, actually it doesn't.  It explains that SFTP is better for the casual user.  WebDav is the better *technology* but you need more know-how to install and support it.  It requires more futzing around with permissions and what not on the server.  If you are a casual or inexperienced server admin, don't mess with webdav yet.

My recommendation was "If you can configure and support it, go with webdav"

>>  Where do I go to find instructions on installing WebDav?

What server?  Linux/Apache or Windows/IIS?
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Windows/IIS 6.0
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I'm a linux guy, so I don't have any real good recommendations for windows.  Google tell us to look here:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/WebDAV-IIS.html
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How do you configure dreamweaver to use WebDav?
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When you configure the site, there is an option to use WebDav under the Access pull down.  Just select it and fill in the URL, user name and password.
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Now, I was able to configure the web server to allow WebDAV but Dreamweaver will not display the site contents and is not able to publish, although the 'test connection' works.

I am able to use MS WebDAV Client (open site as folder in IE) and it works perfectly.

Are there any tricks I should know about setting this up for Dreamweaver?
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Shouldn't be...if the MS Client can do it, DW should be able to do it.  Try rebuilding the site cache (Site | Advanced) and see if that helps.
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