Ftp file transfer protocol server setup and confiquration

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FTP – File Transfer Protocol Server Setup and Configuration

FTP Site Properties - FTP Site Property Sheet

Use this property sheet to set the identification parameters for your server. The server and domain names and the IP address are optional.

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You can use any name you want for the server name. This name is primarily for your own identification and organizational purposes.

IP Address

For an address to appear in this box, it must have already been defined for use in Control Panel. See your Windows documentation for more information.

TCP Port

Determines the port on which the service is running.

The default is port 21. You can change the port to any unique TCP port number; however, clients must know in advance to request that port number, or their requests will fail to connect to your server.



Allows an unlimited number of simultaneous connections to the server.

Limited To

Sets the maximum number of simultaneous connections allowed to the server.

Connection Timeout

Sets the length of time before the server disconnects an inactive user. This ensures that all connections are closed if the HTTP protocol fails to close a connection.

Enable Logging

Select this check box to enable FTP site logging, which can record details about user activity and create logs in various formats. After enabling logging, select a format in the Active log format list. The formats are as follows:

Microsoft IIS Log Format: A fixed ASCII format.

W3C Extended Log File Format: A customizable ASCII format, selected by default.

ODBC Logging: (Available only with Windows 2000 Server) A fixed format logged to a database.

To configure the options for log file creation (for example, weekly, or by file size), or to configure properties for W3C Extended logging or ODBC logging, click Properties.

Current Sessions

Click this button to view a list of users currently connected to your site. This feature is not available in Internet Services Manager (HTML).

FTP Site Properties - Security Accounts Property Sheet

Use this property sheet to control who can use your server and specify the account used for anonymous client requests to log on to the computer.

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Allow Anonymous Connections

To allow clients using the user name "anonymous" to log on to your FTP server, select this option. See About Authentication for more information.


Type the user name to be used for anonymous connections.

To find a specific Windows user account, click Browse.


Type the password of the account used for anonymous connections. This cannot be changed if the Allow IIS to control password option is selected.

Allow only anonymous connections

To allow only anonymous connections, select this check box. This means that users cannot log on with user names and passwords. This option prevents access by using an account with administrative permission; only the account specified for anonymous access is granted access.

Allow IIS to control password

To enable your FTP site to automatically synchronize your anonymous password settings with those set in Windows, select this option.

FTP Site Operators

FTP site Operators are a special group of users who have limited administrative privileges on individual FTP sites. Operators can administer properties that affect only their respective sites. They do not have access to properties that affect IIS, the Windows server computer hosting IIS, or the network. See About Web and FTP Sites for more information.


To add a user account to the list of Operators, click Add.


To remove the currently selected user account, click Remove. To select multiple accounts, either hold down the CTRL key while selecting individual accounts or hold down the SHIFT key while selecting a range of accounts.

FTP Site Properties - Messages Property Sheet

Use this property sheet to create your own messages that will be displayed to browsers that connect to your site.

Welcome message

Displays this text to clients when they first connect to the FTP server. The message is blank by default.

Exit message

Displays this text to clients when they log off the FTP server. The message is blank by default.

Maximum connections message

Displays this text to clients that try to connect when the FTP service already has the maximum number of client connections allowed. The message is blank by default.

FTP Site Properties - Home Directory Property Sheet

Use this property sheet to change the home directory for your FTP site or to modify its properties. The home directory is the central location for the published files in your FTP site. A default home directory, called \Ftproot, was created when you installed the FTP service.

You can change the location of the home directory to one of the following:

A directory located on this computer.

A directory located on another computer (a network share). When prompted, type the user name and password needed to access that computer. To change the user name and password, click Connect As.


FTP Site Directory

In the text box, type the path to the directory or the destination URL. The syntax must match the selected path type:

For a local directory, use the full path; for example, C:\Catalog\Shoes. You can also click the Browse button to select a local directory rather than typing the path.

For a network share, use a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) server and share name; for example, \\Webserver\Htmlfiles.


To select a local directory rather than typing the directory path in the Path text box, click Browse.


To enable users to read or download files stored in a home directory or a virtual directory, select this option.


Allows users to upload files to the enabled directory on your server. Select this option only for directories that are intended to accept files from users.

Log visits

To record visits to this directory in a log file, select this check box. Visits are recorded only if logging is enabled for this FTP site. Logging is enabled by default. To turn off logging, select the FTP site, open its property sheets, click the FTP Site tab, and then clear the Enable Logging check box.

Directory Listing Style

Changes the directory listing style to send to FTP users for the MS-DOS directory format. The MS-DOS directory listing style displays year dates in a two-digit format by default. You can change this setting to display year dates in a four-digit format by enabling the FtpDirBrowseShowLongDate metabase property.

The UNIX directory listing style displays year dates in a four-digit format when the date of the file is different from the year of the FTP server. No year date is returned in cases where the file date is the same as the year date of the FTP server.

FTP Site Properties - Directory Security Property Sheet

Use this property sheet to set access (by specific IP address) to block individuals or groups from gaining access to your server.

TCP/IP Access Restrictions

You can control access to FTP resources, such as sites, virtual directories, or files, by specifying the IP address, subnet mask, or domain name of the computer or computers to be granted or denied access.

Granted Access

To list computers that will be denied access, select this option.

Denied Access

To list computers that will be granted access, select this option.


To add computers that you want to deny access to, select the Granted Access button and click Add. Conversely, to add computers that you want to grant access to, select the Denied Access button, and click Add.

Note Computers accessing your server across proxy servers will appear to have the IP address of the proxy server.

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