There are often applications which sit on a server OS (e.g. a SSIS package on a SQL Server), or a custom web application.
Sometimes they access documents using UNC paths (through WebDav).
The only way I have found to do this is to install the Desktop Experience feature on Windows Server. As you can imagine, the server guys are not too keen on doing that.
Obviously there is the SharePoint Client OM (for SP2010), however for smaller applications (or apps already written), a UNC path/webdav is much easier.
Is there another way to enable webdav without installing Desktop Experience?
We are currently using Server 2008 R2.