Prompt for Credentials When Accessing FQDN Sites From a Windows Vista or Windows 7 Computer

Consider the following scenario.

  • On a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you do not configure a proxy in Windows Internet Explorer.
  • You use Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDav) to access a fully qualified domain names (FQDN) site. In this scenario, you are prompted to enter your credentials, even though the user account that you are using has sufficient permission to access this site.
  • For example, when you open a Microsoft Office file from a Microsoft Office SharePoint site by using 2007 Microsoft Office on a Windows Vista-based client computer that has no proxy configured, you are prompted for authentication.
  • You may also see the following error when working with moved folders via explorer view:
    Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer."
    Note This problem does not occur on a Windows XP-based computer.

Most organizations have more than a single user and are running Active Directory to maintain their users names and passwords. In addition, if you are running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 you have under Administrative tools “Group Policy Management” and the Registry Wizard is includedas part of your GPO editor as I walk through the creation of the GPO for the following registry entry

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  5. Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.
  6. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type the URL of the server that hosts the Web share, and then click OK.
    Note You can also type a list of URLs in the Value data box. For more information, see the "Sample URL *
  8. Exit Registry Editor.
  9. GPO WebDav Group Policy Manager
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  13. GPO WebDav Edit GPO
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  17. GPO WebDav Registry Wizard
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  21. GPO WebDav Explorer View Authentication Registry Wizard
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  25. GPO WebDav Explorer View Authentication Parameters
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  29. GPO WebDav Explorer View Authentication New Registry Item
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  33. GPO WebDav Explorer View Authentication
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  37. GPO WebDav Explorer View Authentication AuthforwardServerList
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