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Setting up a Win XP Pro computer as an ftp server

I have a small network of 6 computers.  I would like to set up one running Win XP Pro as an ftp server.  

Is it as simple as installing IIS on that computer?  

Are there common pitfalls with setup and/or security?

I have this general setup:

DSL Gateway -> Linksys Router -> PC running Win XP Pro

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IFAIK, IIS/FTP does not come with WindowsXP; you'll need to find a 3rd party solution.

I've been using FileZilla (http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/) with great success.  The server machine will need to have a fixed IP address so the others can connect to it.   If you want to have your FTP server visible from the internet, you'll need to poke a hole through the LunkSys Router's firewall.  Sometimes this is called a "virtual server"

Hope this helps
Here is a good How To Guide includes securing your ftp also:


On your firewall/router you will have to either open pors 20-21 or have them forwarded to your computers hosting the FTP
Actually IIS is not INSTALLED by default, it does come with windows XP pro, you have to add it from the add programs in the control panel....

Southo- Follow the guide above it walks you through exactly what you need to do, including installtion of IIS from the CD, and securing the service.

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