How do I set up or know the URL for my FTP site I've just set up.  It does not seem apparent to me

Posted on 2009-02-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have run through all the "apparent" FTP Setup procedures on my SBS.  I have opened port 21 on my router.  Where do I define what address, user name and passwork ouside users use to accees the site?
Question by:skipbowt
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    Expert Comment

    I beleve that the "address" would be the same address that you use for your server when accessing other server items from the internet. eg. goes to exchange. should go to FTP.

    The usernames (I beleive) could be or maybe username@domain.local and their domain password.

    Try that - and if you continue to have problems, I can test the setup on my dummy SBS server and provide more detail.

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    Expert Comment

    you need to know the outside IP address for the server
    and the user would access with
    they can either enter a username and password or put it in like this

    where of course xxx will be replaced with the IP

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply
    I access our server from the outside via: (remote web workplace)
    This does not bring up connection to ftp.

    In ISS Manager, FTP site tab the IP address aptions are: (all unassigned), or

    I tried both solutions.  still cant access ftp.  Will it work from inside or should I tyr it from the outside?

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    Expert Comment

    169 is an error IP address

    go onto the machine where the FTP server is located, open up IE and goto that will show you your IP address

    then try ftp://ip address

    Author Comment

    ipchicken displayed the ip of my server
    This solutions however failed to provide the desired results.
    Any other ideas?

    Many Thanks
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    Expert Comment

    the address you use from inside your network will be different than from outside.

    From outside you would use your public IP adddress.

    From the inside, you would use your private IP address ftp://<your server name> or

    Also when accessing your server from the outside, the address  would be for remote web workspace... for ftp, you would need to use (note that you are not specificing a path to access it.


    Author Comment

    I tried the IP address provided by ip chicken which I'm assuming is my outside ip from an outside office it did not work.
    so, for example if our domain was "
    I would use, correct?
    I tried this and it still did not work.
    I tried this from an office outside our net work and we just the the standard "The Web page cannot be displayed" message.
    What do you mean by (note that your are not specificing a path to access it)?
    Sorry I'm not putting in my correct domain name.
    Thanks for any further help you can offer
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    Expert Comment

    when you setup the FTP in IIS, you can't just set it up and be done with it
    you need to configure it as well

    the problem will being lying in the firewall if you can't access it from outside but can from inside
    it also won't be it would be


    Author Comment

    here is the configuration I set up:
    FTP Site Tab:
    Description: DKSJFTP
    IP address: (All Unassigned) ? is this correct
    TCP port 21
    Connections limited to: 5
    Connection timeout 120
    Security Accounts Tab
    Allow anonymous connetions is checked
    User Name xxxx
    Password xxxx
    Messages Sure this doesnt matter but I set Maximum connections to 5
    Home Directory Tab:
    A directory located on this computer:  read is checked. write is unchecked, log visits are checked
    MS-DOS is selected
    Directory Security:
    All computers will be granted access is selected

    Author Comment

    I think I solved the problem by entering the ip address displayed on into the ip address on the FTP site tab.

    Thank you,
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    Accepted Solution

    This is how one of my FTP Servers is setup
    Description: Cheques
    IP Address:
    TCP Port: 21

    selected - a directory located on this computer
    Local Path: C:\Inetpub\ftproot

    Now because this is an internal IP only, change your to your external IP

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