Jean Paul's Blog

There are 2 types of People in the World, One who Likes SharePoint and..

    Advertisements
  • Microsoft MVP

  • MindCracker MVP

  • CodeProject MVP

  • eBook on SharePoint 2010

  • eBook on Design Patterns

  • eBook on Windows Azure

  • NLayers Framework @ CodePlex

  • MSDN Forums

  • .Net vs. Java

    Due to Public Demand
  • Advertisements

Open with Explorer Not Working in Server

Posted by Paul on July 9, 2013


While working with SharePoint 2010 Document Library, I found the Open with Explore feature is throwing error on click.

image

Unlike Windows client operating system, there are some additional steps to be performed in Windows Server machine to get this feature work.

Solution

Please follow the steps to solve the problem.

Step 1: Install Desktop Experience

Open Server Manager, Click on the Features link from the left pane & click Add Features.

image

In the appearing dialog check the Desktop Experience item.

image

You might get an additional dialogue as shown below, choose the Add required Features button.

image

Returning to the Add Features dialog, click the Next button to continue.

Click the Finish button of the wizard & wait for operation to complete.

Step 2: Restart Machine

You might require a machine restart to continue with next step.

image

Step 3: Start Web Client Service

The Open with Explorer feature is enabled through WEBDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) which is an extension of HTTP for handling files in web servers.  You need to start the Windows Service named Web Client for enabling this.

The Web Client service is manageable through the Start > Run > Services.msc management console.

image

Click the Run button to start the service.  You can make the startup type to Automatic.

Step 4: Retest Open-with-Explorer

Now you are ready to test the feature in document library.  Open a library, go to Library tab & click the Open with Explorer button.

image

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV

Summary

In this article we have explored how to enable the Open with Explorer feature for Windows Server machine.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s