7.1 Planning Your WebDAV Implementation

7.1.1 Understanding the Different Types of WebDAV Authentication Methods

Novell Vibe supports the following WebDAV authentication methods:

7.1.2 Using WebDAV When Vibe Is Fronted by Novell Access Manager or IIS

If your Vibe system is fronted by either Novell Access Manager or Internet Information Services (IIS), you must use the designated WebDAV authentication method:

Product Fronting Vibe

Designated Authentication Method

Novell Access Manager

If your Vibe installation is fronted by Novell Access Manager, as described in Configuring Single Sign-On with Novell Access Manager in the Novell Vibe 3.2 Installation Guide, you must use basic authentication for your WebDAV implementation

In the Vibe installation program, select basic on the WebDAV Authentication Method page.

Internet Information Services (IIS)

If your Vibe installation is fronted by IIS, as described in Configuring Single Sign-On with Internet Information Services for Windows in the Novell Vibe 3.2 Installation Guide, you must use Windows authentication for your WebDAV implementation.

7.1.3 Meeting Vibe Certificate Requirements on Windows 7

If you are using WebDAV functionality (either Edit-in-Place or mapping a Vibe folder) with Vibe on Windows 7 with a secure (HTTPS) connection, you need to ensure that the Vibe server certificate requirements are met. If all of the requirements are not met, various Windows 7 services fail.

The Vibe server certificate requirements are:

  • You must use a trusted server certificate that is accepted by Windows 7. This server certificate must be signed by a trusted certificate authority (CA) such as VeriSign or Equifax.

    NOTE:You can use a self-signed certificate only if the certificate is imported into the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store on each Windows 7 client computer. For specific information on how to accomplish this, see Section 7.4, Configuring Windows 7 to Use a Self-Signed Certificate with Vibe

  • The trusted server certificate must be issued to a name that exactly matches the domain name of the URL that you are using it for. This means that it must match the URL of your Vibe site.

  • The date range for the trusted server certificate must be valid. You cannot use an expired server certificate.

7.1.4 Using OpenOffice as Your Document Editor for WebDAV

If your environment does not require the use of Microsoft Office, you might consider migrating users to OpenOffice 3.1 or later as their document editor. Using OpenOffice 3.1 or later provides seamless integration between the WebDAV server and Vibe, regardless of which operating system is being used.