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I just recently set up a new Windows Server 2008 SP and am trying to get the FTP working.  I previously had a Windows Server 2000 with the FTP set up and it was working fine.  Now I seem to be having trouble.

First I tried using Filezilla Server and had some limited success, but it seemed painfully slow and was constantly logging the user in and out.  So I uninstalled it and decided to try using the FTP server for IIS 6.0.  It's still very slow.

I used to be able to tie the FTP logins to my AD, but I don't see how to do that now.  I don't recall it being this difficult to set up before.  I'm probably just missing something small, but I can't figure out what it is.

Any help would be appreciated.
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bgoering earned 2000 total points
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Just instsll the FTP Service that comes with IIS7 - see the technet article at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732769(WS.10).aspx for details on how to complete the install.

Good Luck
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by:Darryl Allen
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IIS7 is installed, and I have installed all the FTP services that I can see.  Even though I can see the FTP site in the IIS7 manager, when I click on it, it tells me that FTP is handled by the IIS6 manager.  I have to use the IIS6 manager to configure FTP.  I have done that.  I can even connect to the FTP site (internally at least, haven't tried getting in externally), but it's seems very slow.  Every time I click on a folder it takes forever.  This may be an issue with authentication, but I'm not sure.

What I'm wanting to do is make it so that when I'm logged in with my AD account, I can be in read/write mode, but when anyone else logs in with credentials I give them, they are in read only mode.

When I ran this on a Windows Server 2k machine I was able to do this without any issues and it was fairly fast.
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Okay, I have a little bit of an update.  I figured out how to tie the authentication to the AD.  It was a little different with the previous version of FTP.  I have also determined that the firewall on the FTP server must be blocking something and I need to find out what it is.  When I connect with the firewall off, it seems fine.

Also, I was hoping there was a way to use just the user name withou having to specify the domain.  In other words, I'm having to use "domain\username" to log in, instead of just "username".
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With IIS7 manager just right-click on Sites and Add FTP Site. Once added you get a dialog like in the first screenshot. Dbl-click authorization and you can add users or groups for read, write or both (see 2nd screen shot) - as for performance issue I have been unable to replicate.

Good Luck
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Whoops - sorry, guess you already had that. Was otherwise occupied for a few hours and didn't refresh before posting last comment :)
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Maybe I don't have the correct version of IIS installed.  It looks like 7.0.x.  I included a print screen of the Win 2k8 and IIS versions.

When I try to administer the Default FTP site, it makes me use the IIS 6 Manager.

If I right-click Sites in IIS 7 Manager, it doesn't give me FTP as an option.

The article in that link you posted showed me where to download FTP 7.5, so let me get that installed and see if things look a little different.  I'm assuming I can install it over the top of the current FTP version that's there.
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Yeah - my screenshots were from 2008 R2 (I have no 2008 left) - so it sounds like you might need the 7.5 update.
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So SP2 is not the same as R2.  Is my 2008 installation out of date?
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by:bgoering
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No, SP2 is not the same. 2008 R2 is like Windows 2003 R2, a 2nd release of Windows 2008. There are quite a few differences. Windows 2008 is same codebase as Vista, 2008 R2 is same codebase as Windows 7 and has a quite a few more features.

One thing about 2008 R2 is that it no longer supports 32 bit hardware. A 64-bit instruction set is required.
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Well I'm running the 64 bit version of 2008 right now, so that's not an issue.  However, is R2 a free upgrade, or is it a whole new purchase altogether?  Also, can it be installed over the top of an SP2 installation?
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If your SP2 is a 64-bit install I think it can be upgraded, otherwise no you can't upgrade a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS. I deployed all of mine from scratch.

I don't know if there is a cost to upgrade or not. It showed up on my volume licensing site when it was released so from that I would GUESS it is a free upgrade but I don't know for sure. I don't handle the licensing paperwork.

You may want to post in new EE question on the upgrade cost query - or just check with your reseller.
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Okay.  I'm currently in the process of installing FTP 7.5  I will report back.
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by:Darryl Allen
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I only gave "Partially" to the complete solution part because the firewall issues weren't really answered, but this certainly pointed me in the right direction.
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by:Darryl Allen
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Here's what I found on the firewall settiongs.  This thread helped quite a bit:

http://tinyurl.com/345uahg

I actually chose the option that Cayman21 posted, but I'm sure the others worked as well.  His option allowed me to tie it to a service instead of an application.  I can't believe that it's not listed as a well known port in the services list though.  Odd.

Anyhow, it's working great.  Thank you.

By the way, do you know if IIS 7 and FTP 7,5 can be loaded on Windows 2k3 machines?
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no they can't. Glad all is working
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