Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), is a set of extensions to HTTP which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.
It is one of the older ways of remotely managing files on a server and as such most modern operating systems provide inbuilt support for WebDAV operations.
In order to map a WebDAV folder under Windows XP, you need to follow these few simple steps in order to get things going.
1) On the desktop, double-click on ‘My Network Places’.
2) In the ‘Network Tasks’ pane, click on ‘Add a Network Place’.
3) Click ‘Next’ on the Welcome screen.
4) Select ‘Choose another network location’ and then click ‘Next’.
5) In the “Internet or network address:” field, enter a URL that points to the destination server (e.g. serveripfoldername or http://serveraddress/foldername – note that some servers are set up to only work over the HTTPS protocol.)
And there you go. You can now access the folder under ‘My Network Places’ and manage your files and folders almost as if you were working with them on your local desktop.