I have a Win2003, standalone, server with service pack 1 for windows server 2003 on it.
The problem is that, no matter what I do, I can't seem to get any FTP accounts to work. (I've done this dozens of times on W2K3 before and this one has got me completely stumped - the only difference now is that this is Service Pack 1 and the others were not - so it is probably a new "feature" from MS).
I set up a group called FTPUSERS, gave it "Log On Locally" rights in the local policy.
Then I created several user accounts.
Each account has a login name matching its virtual folder.
The permissions on the folder(s) are set for all the ftp users and groups.
When I try to FTP into the server, I get the "user fred cannot login, home directory inaccessible" error. (no matter the user)
After verifying the passwords, logins, turning off the firewall, giving full control permissions to the user(s) and to the FTPUSERS group and basically making the server completely open (to attack), I STILL CANNOT LOG IN!
I've done this so many times before, I am completely baffled as to why this is happening now. It's a completely brand new machine with no other services running except IIS 6.
I checked Microsoft's site for a patch or bugfix with no luck.
I'm certain it has to do with Service Pack 1 as I've never had problems with this before but I cannot uninstall the Service Pack.