Symantec File Share Encryption (formerly known as PGP NetShare) with WebDAV Support


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Starting with PGP Desktop 9.10, PGP NetShare protected folders located on Web servers that support the WebDAV protocol, such as Microsoft SharePoint.  Symantec File Share Encryption (previously PGP NetShare) enabled specific users to share protected files in a shared space, such as on a corporate file server, in a shared folder, or on removable media such as a USB drive. 



Symantec File Share Encryption allowed the encryption of files seamlessly when stored on a Microsoft SharePoint Server. This new feature is best used with Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista. Symantec File Share WebDAV Support also allows usage with Apache and other WebDAV file servers.

Note that certain types of files, such as .mht files are needed by SharePoint to function correctly and when used in that context, cannot be encrypted by Symantec File Share Encryption.

Supported Usage Guidelines:

  • If protected Office documents are used: Use Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007
  • If SharePoint is used: Use Internet Explorer and enforce Explorer View
  • If SharePoint is used with protected Office documents: Use Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007

Symantec File Share Encryption support for WebDAV works on Windows Vista due to improvements in the WebDAV Redirector.

The WebDAV Redirector is included in the following versions of Windows:


  • Windows XP (installed and active)
  • Windows Vista (installed and active)
  • Windows Server 2003 (installed, deactivated)
  • Windows Server 2008 (requires installation)

Currently .mht files are not supported when using Symantec File Share Encryption WebDAV support with the Microsoft SharePoint Server.


NOTE: For official support details, please see article TECH209155 as any configuration other than what is specified above has not been tested and is currently in review as an enhancement.


Applies To

PGP NetShare 9.10 through 9.12.

PGP NetShare 10.0.x - 10.2.1 MP5 

Symantec File Encryption 10.3

Current versions in the 10.x series are not currently tested or supported with SharePoint or the WebDAV protocol.