How to setup a secure FTP server on Win 2003 server

By saidfrh1 ·
I am a computer support specialist assigned to build a secure FTP server on a Windows server 2003 platform. The FTP server will have a public IP and sit in the DMZ. I am looking to build Self-signed SSL certificates on the cheap, without requiring a Certficate Authority. Is there a 'how to guide' for the above?
I am greateful for any information on how to configure the secure FTP/an information you can provide.


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by Kjell_Andorsen In reply to How to setup a secure FTP ...

Technically you could create a Stand-alone CA on the server or on another server on the network and have it assign an SSL cert to the FTP server. Since you just want a self-signed certificate you don't have to pay for anything. Server 2003 lets you create a CA on a server using the Certificate Authority mmc snap-in. No need to purchase additional software.

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Secure FTP server

by saidfrh1 In reply to Hmm

1. How to create a Stand-alone CA on the server? Is their a configuration guide you can oint me to?

2. Does a CSR need to be created by the same server, and the same server generates a certificate?

3. Does Win XP Pro have the capability to generate a secure encrypted session with above server?

4. How to create a database on the server with user/clients user names and password for authentication for accessing the documents residing on the FTP server?

Excuse my ignorance, I have a networking background/expired CCNA.

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by Kjell_Andorsen In reply to Secure FTP server

The instructions for setting up a Stand-alone Root CA can be found here:

As for the implementation, you can set this CA to issue a certificate to the FTP server, since this is a self-signed CA, you will need to set all the clients to trust it, by default the browser will prompt them whether or not to accept the certificate since the source is not inherently trusted.

You will need to assign the certificate you create to the FTP site through the IIS management console. All of this information is available at Microsoft's Technet site.

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RaidenFTPD FTP Server

by techman1 In reply to How to setup a secure FTP ...

RaidenFTPD FTP server can be used for this purpose, it has self signed ssl certificate feature and supports SSL and TLS

RidenFTPD <a href="">FTP Server</a>

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