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Posted on 2006-11-09
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We would like to share a folder for all of our sales people working from outside. We host our own web server hosted on WIn2k3 Server. Now we would like to publish a folder which will contain all the marketing material (PDF & Doc files) so that they can download it from anywhere. We want this access to be secured. Can some body help me with a simple & cheaper solution?
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Run the Windows FTP server included in IIS. Assign the sales people login credentials. You may choose to allow one user with unlimited connections and give the sales people the same login.

If you're worried about them not having an FTP client, they can use any web browser. All they have to do is point the browser to ftp://yourdomain.com/sales or something like that.

Ira @ KVR
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How secured will it be?
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As secure as your password strength level is. Secure FTP is available, but it's a little more tricky to set up. FTP servers are prone to brute force/dictionary attacks.

Make your password something like: !23@34#45

If you notice, that's a simple shift and 123 combination that anyone can learn, but would be challenging for a cracker to get past.

Ira @ KVR
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If you want a FTP server with some more options, go to download.com and download:

Bulletproof FTP Server

There's a 30 day demo and it's easy as cake to set up.

Ira @ KVR
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Thanks for quick response. Let me work on your solutions.
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I would recommend Filezilla.

FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client for and server Windows NT4, 2000 and XP. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. It's also open source and free.

http://filezilla.sourceforge.net
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little correction on the above: client AND server.
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Thanks dlang for adding more info.
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