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Can't create local FTP

I have been trying to create a simple FTP site for my local network. I have configured the FTP on an XP machine and I am able to browse out to the FTP from IE on the local computer and sign in with my domain credentails and everything works fine. When I attempt to access the FTP site from another computer on the network I am prompted for the username and password and I enter the information and it appears to accept but then it just goes to a "page cannot be displayed". Any ideas on why this might be? I have an exception in my windows firewall on the host computer for both TCP and UDP for port 21.
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xutoAuthor Commented:
Here are some screen shots of IIS
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techzterCommented:
Check the file permissions on the c:\inetpub\ftproot folder. Make sure that you allow the local generic user account permissions to the folder if you are going to be allowing anonymous connections.
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techzterCommented:
I just realized from your pictures that you also don't have a checkmark to allow anonymous connections. If you are going to require users to login you will need to setup the file permissions for their accounts on that folder.
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xutoAuthor Commented:
The user account I am using has full control of the ftproot folder. I actaully have this folder pretty much wide open (everyone>full control) because I have been trying to make this work. I have the domain user listed as well as domain users and domain admins all with full control and no dice. It will authenticate and work correctly if I am at the host computer.
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techzterCommented:
I see that you are getting  "page cannot be displayed" error. Are you trying to FTP using a browser? If so can you try to FTP to the machine using the command prompt? What does it give you for an error if any when using the command prompt?
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xutoAuthor Commented:
Yes.. I am using a web browser. If I use a CMD I am able to log in successfully and transfer files. it doesnt seem to matter what computer i use on the network or if i am using firefox or IE. To me it seemed to be a problem with IE security settings but like i said its the same for firefox. I have also checked the FTP passive settings and to use FTP folder view in IE. Could this be a GP setting on the domain? I have looked but i dont see anything like that in GP
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techzterCommented:
The passive mode was going to be my next suggestion. Well at least you know that your FTP server is running properly if it is working via command line. Are there a lot of users that need to access this FTP server? Would it be too much trouble to install a simple FTP client for them to use? Such as...
http://filezilla-project.org/ 

I have never had the best results from using a browser.
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xutoAuthor Commented:
No it would not be practical. Whenever i get this figured out i am going to have many users connecting to this FTP to download web client MSI's for a web viewer that we use. I will want users to be able to follow a simple set of instructions to browse out and download the files. I just tried using a computer that isnt on the domain but is on the network to connect using IE, same problem. It doesnt seem to matter what the config is on the client end. Am i missing a component for IIS to display the folder page? Do you know of other permissions that could be causing this? I have set this up several different ways including 3rd party FTP software. I am always able to get in through the CMD but never from a browser.
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techzterCommented:
Sorry for the delay in response. I have been tied up. I don't have a solution for that at this time. I will dig a bit and see what I might be able to find.
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xutoAuthor Commented:
Thanks! let me know if I can provide any more information.
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techzterCommented:
I found some interesting information that may help.

One reason that the Windows FTP client may work and a browser fails could be that Windows FTP only works as Active, and the default setting on the browsers is Active. So there could be an issue on the server only allowing Active connection and not the passive connections.

Under the IE options go to advanced. At the end of the Browsing section is a selection for "Use Passive FTP". This is the default setting. Try to remove the checkmark, relaunch your browser, and try the connection again.

If there is a reason for using both Passive and Active here is a good link on how to set both on the IIS server. It also gives a description of what each does.

http://www.velikan.net/iis-passive-ftp/
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xutoAuthor Commented:
This was exactly my problem. Thank you for you help you have been very kind.
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