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Usage of UNC Names with DFS Web Secure for Windows NT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123292D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Abstract

A method for substituting proper Universal Naming Convention (UNC) names for requested Distributed Computing Environment (DCE)/Distributed File System (DFS) names from a Web Browser is disclosed.

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Usage of UNC Names with DFS Web Secure for Windows NT

   A method for substituting proper Universal Naming
Convention (UNC) names for requested Distributed Computing
Environment (DCE)/Distributed File System (DFS) names from a Web
Browser is disclosed.

   To allow the Netscape Server to access resources such as
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) documents and Common Gateway
Interface (CGI) programs which are stored in DFS and protected by
DCE security, DFS Web Secure provides a Netscape Server plug-in
component to authenticate the Web Browser user to DCE and allow the
Netscape Server to access the protected documents.  This plug-in
enhances the Netscape Server by acquiring DCE security credentials on
behalf of the Web Browser user and then setting up the environment to
allow the Server to access the requested document.

   To access DFS files on the Windows NT platform, the DCE
and DFS clients must be installed on the workstation on which the
Netscape Server is installed and configured.  Normally, the user
would map a network drive letter to a path in the DCE namespace,
usually "\\:", which equates to the top of the DFS filespace within
the locally configured DCE Cell.  The user would then access files in
DFS by specifying the mapped drive letter when naming the file.

   The double backslash syntax described above, is unique to
the Windows NT platform DFS support and is different from the normal
DCE naming syntax.  For DCE, the normal naming syntax uses names
separated by single forward slashes and of course, has no concept of
a drive letter.  So the standard DCE naming syntax for the top of the
DFS filespace within the locally configured cell, begins with the
"/:" string.  Therefore, when a Web Browser user is entering a URL to
specify a file stored in the DFS filespace, it is preferable to
maintain the normal DCE naming syntax and allow the Web Browser user
to enter URL's with the standard DCE delimiters, including forward
slashes.

   So, an example of a URL which specifies an HTML file stored in
the DFS filespace would be:
       http://servername/:/filename

   How...