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Setting up a FTP sever for my lab, Can anybody help me with all the steps involved in set up? and just got an static IP address from my ISP. Any advice on which FTP sever to use. Do i need to go for third party server like Cute FTP sever or the OS built in FTP of IIS is enough? what are the advantages of third party FTP compared to OS built in FTP?

Any help and experiences  to share is  greatly appreciated.


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Here is a brief guide, let me know if you want any further clarification.

1    get a static IP address from your ISP    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_IP_address

2    setup a subdomain e.g ftp.mydomain.com with your webhosts    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subdomain

3    point ftp.mydomain.com to static ip address in your webhosts control panel    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_hosting_service

4    if static ip or domain name is not possible, use service at www.dyndns.com instead of 1-3.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyndns

5    choose a computer to be your 'ftp server', any will do . We use old Pentium 3 running XP.  

6    give ftp server a specific ip address on network rather than 'obtain ip address automatically' e.g.    http://portforward.com/networking/static-xp.htm

7    forward port 21 (TCP) from router control panel to ftp server (    http://portforward.com/default.htm

8    if computer is not on a network or behind a router, skip steps 6 & 7.  

9    install Filezilla Server software on ftp computer, be sure to download the server version. Use all installation defaults.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FileZilla_Server

10    goto to server options, change 'welcome message' to something appropriate  

11    server options, change 'passive mode settings' to 'use the following IP' enter your static ip address here or domain name.  

12    server options. change 'use custom port range to 5000-5020  

13    server options, 'admin interface settings' create a password  

14    forward port range 5000-5020 (TCP & UDP) to on router control panel.  

15    goto 'groups' create new group 'customers' put ':u' in shared folder directory to autocreate folder when user connects e.g. C:\\FTP\:u  

16    allow read, write, delete, create, delete, list and + Subdirs and tick autocreate for customers group.  

17    goto users and create new user, make sure they are a member of customers 'group'

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