I'm trying to navigate some Explorer views in a front end server ( SharePoint 2013 on premises) The user I'm logged in the server is site collection administrator.

When I open a library in Explorer view from the ribbon I get:

We're having a problem opening this location in File Explorer. Add this web site to your Trusted Sites list and try again

The site is in my trusted sites.

Can I open a sharepoint library in Explorer view on a sharepoint server? Or there is some sort of protection that prevents me from doing so. And if that is the case, could I bypass it or disable somehow?

  • some of the usual problems are not having Desktop Experience, loopback check, etc. Apr 15, 2016 at 10:48

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There are a couple of steps to get this working:

  1. Add the desktop experience to the server using Server Manager (or PowerShell).
  2. Ensure the WebClient Windows Service is running.

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