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How do I set up an FTP server?

By business952571 ·
I don't know how to set up an FTP server using only windows 2000,
an old dell computer, and whatever software I can get for free. Can
you Help? I need to connect it to a DSL connection, but I can't
connect it through the router, because it could compromise other
systems on the network, right? What is the best method?

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by darts32 In reply to How do I set up an FTP se ...

How to set it up:

Once the server is setup:

You will need to connect it to your router and enable port forwarding to that PC.

Basically what you will do is assign a static IP to your FTP server, setup the port forwarding in the router. Check the documention for your router on how to do that.

You will use the public IP assigned by your ISP to connect to the FTP server from outside.

Is there a risk to other PC's in your network?

My thing is if it is connected to the internet it is at risk. Just make sure you have a Firewall, antivirus, and anti-spyware software installed. Also always stay up to date on security patches.

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Setup FTP server

by anishks In reply to How do I set up an FTP se ...

Install Internet Information Services and the FTP Service
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
5. Click to select the check boxes next to any other IIS-related service or subcomponent that you want to install, and then click OK.
6. Click Next.
7. 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.
8. Click Finish.
IIS and the FTP service are now installed. You must configure the FTP Service before you can use it.

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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

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to set up ftp server

by meetrahil In reply to How do I set up an FTP se ...

if you are using windows xp than in that case you can follow these steps

Starting from the desktop:

1. Go to My Computer > Control Panel

2. Double click on Network and Dial - Up Connections

3. You should see Local Area Connection or something similar. If you're not sure which network card you're using select each Local Area Connection(s) and follow step

4. Click Properties

5. You should have the following:

*Client for Microsoft Networks

*File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks

*Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)



If you don't have NetBEUI or IPx /SPx please go to Step 6, else please go to step 7

6. Next click Install and select the protocol that needs to be added:


IPx/SPx Compatible Protocol

7. Click Close and Close again

8. This will bring you back to ?Control Panel?. Double click on System

9. This will bring up the "System Properties" Window, you'll be on the General Tab, click the Network Identification tab.

10. Click Properties

11. Check to be sure that the computer name you're using is a unque name on the network, and workgroup is set, not domain. Now make sure that this computer has the same Workgroup as the rest of the network.

Windows XP

To setup a network in Windows XP, you'll need to run the networking wizard in Windows XP you can access it by going to:

Start> Control Panel> Network Connections (If you do not see ?Network Connections? click on the Switch to Classic View option on the left hand side of Control Panel).

On the left side you'll see "Network Tasks"

Click on the option for Setup a Home or Small Office Network

This will bring you to a wizard.

Select the option for Connecting to Residential Gateway (That's the router).

Once the wizard is finished you'll have to make a floppy disk that you'll take around to the other computers to set them up. After you set them all up, shut down all the computers, and then start them up and you should be able to share files.

Please Note:

If you're using Windows 98/ME and try to access a Windows 2000/XP PC then you may not be able to access the shared portions of the Windows 2000/XP computer due to user right restrictions. To get around this you may want to have the Window 2000/XP PC access the files from the 98/ME machine. Else you'll need to setup User permissions.
For more information on that you can check Microsoft?s website or contact their technical support.

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