Setting Up Corporate FTP Server? Instead of e-mailing Large Attachments

Posted on 2009-04-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I want to stand up an FTP server/file hosting so that we can move away from having people sending attachments to e-mail that are 10, 20, 30 MB, etc.

Looking to see how I should address/research this?
Question by:RTM2007
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dereck2008 earned 500 total points
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You can use any FTP server (Microsfot IIS ...). For client side, do you want to ask end-user to install a FTP client ? If not then you could try an applet allowing to upload through FTP:

Then when upload is completed you can forward to an email.php script that sends an email with a link to the FTP to allow downloading the file.

Could it help ?

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I would like it so that they don't need to install an FTP client.

It would be nice to just be able for us to include al ink to them via http: or ftp:// and for them to download from a browser. Password protection would be nice.
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by:Monis Monther
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Hi RTM2007

One good solution is to setup an FTP server based on Linux , Best known is vsftpd (Very Secure FTP)

You can install CentOS 5.2 (Red Hat Clone Free to Download) and all services you ever want are there including vsftpd.

Note: people can easly ftp from IE or Firefox or a free ftp client like filezilla
Setting up the server is a totaly different story

First you need to put some sort of design like

who access data and what do they access
how many concurrent connections
maximum transfer rate

Best Regards

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And with implemeting a vsFTP solution how easy will the end-user experience be? In other words how easy will it be for people within my organization to relay/upload FTP files for transfer to others outside on the net?
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why use ftp when http can do it?

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I am basically looking to do this with something that will integrate well with Outlook so it is fairly transparent to the end user. It doesn't matter much to me if it is HTTP or FTP however, it DOES need to be as easy to operate for the end user as it is to send an e-mail all in one.
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it would be easier to have an external app to send an email and the file in // than having outlook to post a file, which is not a feature you can implement, outook is not open source afaik.
and making an app to send email is not too difficult, but receiving them and decoding, etc... is a lot more complex. And your users wouls still miss the other features, agenda, etc...
very little chance to find a way...

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