Tech Tip: Resize partitions/Secure FTP servers

Windows 2000 Professional: Resize partitions

Managing disk capacity can be an uphill battle. Every application or log you add to the system bloats the disk that much more, and Windows 2000 isn't exactly svelte.

When a disk nears capacity, you can take several steps to alleviate the space crunch. One of your options is to resize the partition.

If the disk contains unallocated space or a second partition that isn't near capacity, you can resize the crowded partition to increase the volume size and make more space available on the disk.

One of the more popular commercial partitioning applications is PowerQuest's PartitionMagic. The latest version of PartitionMagic can resize NTFS partitions on the fly without requiring a reboot.

If you prefer a shareware solution, check out 7tools Partition Manager 2003. Although the company offers a free demo download, the demo version will not resize partitions. You must purchase a license to obtain the version that supports partition resizing.

Windows 2000 Server: Secure FTP servers

Windows 2000 Server's Internet Information Services (IIS) includes FTP support, enabling it to function as an FTP server. But unless you tighten security for the FTP virtual servers on each server, it won't be long before people start using your server to share all types of files, potentially violating copyright laws or company policies.

If you're not using FTP, check each IIS server, and remove the FTP service using the Add/Remove Programs applet in Control Panel.

If you do use FTP but don't need to provide anonymous access, first make sure that all FTP folders are stored on NTFS volumes, and configure NTFS permissions for each folder to restrict access as needed. Then, open the properties for the FTP virtual server in the IIS console, and deselect the Allow Anonymous Connections option on the Security Accounts tab.

If you want to restrict access but still allow anonymous connections to simplify administration, configure each FTP virtual server to allow connections only from specific IP addresses or subnets. Open the properties for the virtual server, and click the Directory Security tab. Click Add, enter the IP address or range of addresses to allow, and click OK. Repeat the process for other addresses or ranges as needed, and close the IIS console.

If you don't take steps to lock down your FTP servers, particularly if they're connected to the Internet, it will likely only be days before unwanted files start filling up the server's disks. Take a few minutes now to lock them down.

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