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"Web Folders" strange behaviour

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I want to access a document library in sharepoint through windows explorer.

I can go into "My Networkl Places" and use "Add a Network Place" to create a link to the document library... the link is of the form ...

http://sharepoint.mycompany.net/free

After the wizard completes, I am left with a shortcut to the webfolder, however the format is somehow changed toa unc version...

\\sharepoint.mycompany.net\free

This is extremely frustrating.

If I am to open up Microsoft word 2007 and select File/Save as , then select "My Network Places" on the left side of the save box... then I double click my web folder (the one in unc format) ... this somehow creates a new web folder for me that is the correct http:// path that I was trying to create originally.

Then when I open this I get the real "Web Folders" folder that I can use to create all of my webfolders correctly.

I assume I am doing something in the wrong order as this seems very odd - and pointers would be appreciated.
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Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
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Sharepoint uses WebDAV which supports both the HTTP and UNC path naming convention.  What you are describing is by design behavior.

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Why is the http path converted to a unc path when I create a web folder?


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Web folders was designed to make use of UNC, it probably chooses that as the default if both options are available.  In my experience managing files using UNC paths is a little faster than HTTP because it's a slightly more efficient protocol.

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Is there a way to force it to choose the http address rather than the unc?  Using web folders, when I find a SharePoint site to which I'd like to navigate, I'd like to be able to cut/paste the URL into IE such that the SharePoint view will come up (unc does not do this; with unc, an IE folder view comes up instead of the SharePoint view)
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