FTP configuration on a local machine (server and/or client)

Install Internet Information Services and the FTP Service on Windows server

Because FTP depends on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), IIS and the FTP Service must be installed on the computer. To install IIS and the FTP Service, follow these steps.

NOTE: In Windows Server 2003, the FTP Service is not installed by default when you install IIS. If you already installed IIS on the computer, you must use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to install the FTP Service.

  1. Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. In the Components list, click Application Server, click Internet Information Services (IIS) (but do not select or clear the check box), and then click Details.
  4. Click to select the following check boxes (if they are not already selected):

Common Files
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service
Internet Information Services Manager

  1. Click to select the check boxes next to any other IIS-related service or subcomponent that you want to install, and then click OK.
  2. Click Next.
  3. When you are prompted, insert the Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM into the computer’s CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive or provide a path to the location of the files, and then click OK.
  4. Click Finish.

IIS and the FTP service are now installed. You must configure the FTP Service before you can use it.
Configure The FTP Service

To configure the FTP Service to allow only anonymous connections, follow these steps:

  1. Start Internet Information Services Manager or open the IIS snap-in.
  2. Expand Server_name, where Server_name is the name of the server.
  3. Expand FTP Sites
  4. Right-click Default FTP Site, and then click Properties.
  5. Click the Security Accounts tab.
  6. Click to select the Allow Anonymous Connections check box (if it is not already selected), and then click to select the Allow only anonymous connections check box.When you click to select the Allow only anonymous connections check box, you configure the FTP Service to allow only anonymous connections. Users cannot log on by using user names and passwords.
  7. Click the Home Directory tab.
  8. Click to select the Read and Log visits check boxes (if they are not already selected), and then click to clear the Write check box (if it is not already cleared).
  9. Click OK.
  10. Quit Internet Information Services Manager or close the IIS snap-in.

The FTP server is now configured to accept incoming FTP requests. Copy or move the files that you want to make available to the FTP publishing folder for access. The default folder is drive:\Inetpub\Ftproot, where drive is the drive on which IIS is installed.

For Windows XP

  • First, you should start by retrieving your Windows XP CD.
  •   Next, click the Start button and go to the Control Panel.
  • After that, select “Add/Remove Windows Components.”
  • Select “Internet Information Services” under “Windows Components.”
  • Click “details” and select the “File Transfer Protocol (FTP)” service. (Remember that this will also automatically select “Common Files” and “Internet Information Services Snap-In.”)
  • Click OK and follow the instructions for the install Wizard (or you can just push next if you don’t feel like reading). Be prepared with your Windows XP CD, because it might prompt you for it if you haven’t already installed it. Once it is done, you might have to restart your computer after this.
  • After that, all you need to do is just paste the files you want to be public into “C:\INETPUB\FTPROOT.” Note that by default, these files are read-only and public. Public meaning that anyone who knows the IP address may download copies from it.
  • There’s more to go! Now, you need to configure your router’s firewall to let FTP traffic through. This can be done through your router’s administration menu. Note that this will vary depending on your router.
  • After letting your router firewall let FTP connections in, you will have to configure your regular firewall to let FTP connections in through a certain port.
  • Finally, after done with everything, you may access your FTP site through your browser. All you need to do is type ftp://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/ in the URL where “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” is the WAN address of your computer.

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