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Installing the FTP Service on Windows Server 2003

This tutorial will walk you through installing the FTP service on Windows Server 2003. These instructions are perfect for a simple FTP Server with anonymous access. Click on each thumbnail to enlarge that picture.

Walkthrough
1. Click Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs.

2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components button.

3. Highlight Application Server, click Details.

4. Highlight Internet Information Services (IIS), click Details.

5. Place a checkmark next to File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service, click OK. (for the FTP Service to be running correctly, IIS must also be installed. If it is not, check Common Files and IIS Manager also).

6. Click OK, click Next.

7. Windows is now installing the FTP Service, have the Windows Server 2003 CD in CD-ROM tray.

8. Click Finish to close the wizard.

9. Close Add/Remove Programs, close Control Panel.

10. Click Start, Administrative Tools, Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

11. Expand server name, and expand FTP Sites.

12. Right-click Default FTP Site, choose Properties.

13. FTP Site tab, here you can change the description, port number, limit of connections, and also see how many current sessions there are. In my example, I changed the name to "Test FTP Site" and limited the connections to 10.

14. Security Accounts tab, here is where you can choose to allow anonymous connections or not. In my example, I will allow only anonymous connections.

15. Messages tab, here you can specify messages users see when connected to the FTP server. In my example, I added some messages.

16. Home Directory tab, here is where you specify the site directory where files will be located. I will leave mine at default and place some items in that directory for the example. You can also specify if users can download (read) and/or upload (write) to your FTP server.

17. Directory Security tab, here you can specify to allow all users BUT specified, or deny all users BUT specified.

18. Click OK to close settings after everything is configured.

19. Be sure to next allow TCP ports 20 & 21 to be open for access to your FTP server on your firewall or router.

20. You can see in my example, I have some pictures in my FTP Site.

21. Now when I go to ftp://192.168.1.109, I can download pictures from my FTP Site.


Conclusion
This is just a simple walkthrough for installing the FTP service on Windows Server 2003. Normally, you would not want to allow anonymous access to your server, but it is up to you. It would be better to add a new account just for FTP service, but that is beyond the scope of this quick tutorial. If you have followed all these steps, but it is still not working, check your permissions on the files for the account used and also double-check your firewall or router.

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