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Setting up Windows FTP server

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Hi there

I would like to set up an FTP server, so that external users can upload/download files to and from us. I've never set up anything like this before, so was wondering on the best way...

We are running a Windows 2000 domain, behind a Cisco PIX 506E firewall. I was thinking of building a Windows 2003 Server (more secure than Windows 2000) and giving it a NAT'd address. The actual FTP functionality would come from a product such as SecureFTP Wrapper.

http://www.glub.com/products/ftpswrap/

Is this a good way to go? Is Windows 2003 the right OS to put on the FTP server? There won't be a great deal of files exchanged, it's only every now and then that we'd actually need it (say once ever week or so). Also, it would need to be secure, so I'm against any anonomous access and would prefer encryption across the data channel.

Ideas?

Thx in advance.
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I have never heard of the third party product you mentioned, but that does not mean it will not work or do a good job.

Here are the steps from MS on how to set up an FTP server on server2003, and yes it is more secure than 2000.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323384

Good Luck,

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Thanks

I've set up the server as discussed in the document.

Is there any way to force a W2k3 FTP server to use FTP over SSL/SFTP? I'm worried about the fact that the data channels are unencrypted and that usernames/passwords to connect to the FTP server are in clear text.

I'm looking at CoreFTP clients, but is there anyway to prevent users connecting with just their username and password and no encryption that you are aware of?
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