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Windows 7: Need help with FTP

10 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x32 bit
Need help with FTP

I hope this is the right section. Anyway, I am trying to set up an ftp on my computer. I would like to do this as simply as possible and without a static IP address or file transfer software. I used to rent a game server to which I would connect via FTP. I remember I would just use Windows explorer to navigate the files on the server. I never used and file transfer software or anything. That's how I would like to do it; nice and simple.

So, I just enabled the ISS/FTP in windows last night following various tutorials I found on the web. Problem is: none of them seem to go any further than enabling the IIS/FTP. When I open the manager in windows, everything seems to be ready. The status of the site is active. The thing is, I don't know how to access the site from another computer. I can't find anything anywhere that tells me what the ftp://address is to my computer's FTP directory (Don't even know where that is yet, either). So, now that my site is "running" what do I do? How do I find out what the ftp address is? How can I change it?

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10 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

The FTP address of the FTP server is the same as the address for your computer.

type "ipconfig" in a command prompt to see what the IP address for your computer is (There may be more than one adapter, be sure to lok for the adapter names and pick the one that is your wired lan connection).

Of course you can only get to that FTP site from your internal lan, not from the internet at this point. At least not without more setup on your router between the internet and your local network...

I think the harder part might be managing the user accounts on the FTP server in order to even be allowed to connect to it though... By default it's pretty locked down from what I rememebr. Assuming you haven't already turned on anonymous guest accounts or added your other computer's user account on the FTP server.
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10 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x32 bit

So to access my FTP server I would type FTP://myipaddress?

I haven't fully grasped all the settings yet since I haven't really had a chance to connect to the server and see what does what, but here are some settings I have within the IIS Manager which I think might be relavent:
Note: Anything within () represents the selected setting.

IPv4 address and domain restriction settings:
-Access for unspecified clients (allowed)
-Enable domain name restrictions (disabled)

FTP SSL Settings:
-SSl Certificate (None)
-SSL Policy (Require SSL Connections)

FTP Authorization Rules:
-Mode (Allow)
-Users (All Users)
-Permissions (Write)

FTP Directory Browsing:
-Directory Listing Style (MS-DOS)
-Directory Listing Options (Display - virtual directories)
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11 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

"So to access my FTP server I would type FTP://myipaddress?"

That is correct, or use any FTP client and just "open <youripaddress>"

The settings all look optimistic But it's been a while since I set up an ISS FTP server :/
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11 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 64x

You can get around using a static ip by subscribing to DynDNS. - Free Domain Name, Managed DNS, Email Services

That way you get a name like and when you type it will always resolve your external ip address.
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11 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Setting up an FTP server for external internet access opens a whole can of worms

Yes, a DynIP service is needed, plus port forwarding at the internet/lan gateway and of course anynomous read/write access should be off (Read only in one place and write only in another at worst). Lots of security issues with running an FTP server acessable from the internet. If not set up right it'll become a warez drop box in about 2 hours...

Hopefully the OP is just using it for internal stuff?
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11 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 64x

I should have read more carefully. I wasn't aware you were doing local only.
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11 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x32 bit

My intention with the ftp server is to share movies with my girlfriend's computer. I have a prtition dedicated to movies and I figured it would be a bit easier than having to create torrents. What are te security risks of having an FTP server with read permissions only and a secure log in? Is it at all possible for someone to access other parts of my computer through this server? Now that I have just the basics down, I suppose I'll start using a static ip address, if it's necessary. Is it necessary? I mean given that the server is read only and only contains movies, should I still be worried about security? By the way, thank you guys for your input on this. I really appreciate it!
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11 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

To be clear, is your GFs computer in the same house/on the same local network?

Or do you plan on getting to your computer from hers through the internet?
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11 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 64x

I know you said that you did not want to use any other apps but instalingl and using FilePhile is much more simple than configuring ftp to work on both systems.

What could be easier than clicking on the user's email address, browsing for the file and then sending? You can set it up so that the it dumps directly into the folder the user specifies. You can also configure it so that the other user doesn't even have to confirm the transfer so you two could send files to each other at anytime as long as the Filephile software is running.

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