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Linux OS for setting up a FTP server

I need recommendations on a open source Linux light OS for setting up a FTP server on a ESXi 4.1 host.
Preferably it should use no more then 512MB to 1GB of Ram and easy to configure (GUI) and manage.




 
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Any distribution configured to run in non-graphical mode will fit the bill.
i.e. no graphical packages installed and having only vsftp, proftp, running and httpd. You could use a web based GUI webmin or similar package depending on the distro you want.

Which linux are you comfortable with/worked with before?

You could install all the graphical packages without having the system running in graphical mode and then use ssh with X11 tunnel to connect from a desktop where a X-Windows is running and send the graphical interface through the tunnel
ssh -y user@ftpserver
once logged in, you would run the FTP mangement interface which will be sent through the ssh tunnel. even through the display is seen on the Desktop from which the connection was made, the resources are drawn on the server.
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The problem is that I'm not a Linux guy so it needs to be simple to install and configure. I'm would like to use the web based GUI.

The VMware ESXi has only Windows OS' running at the moment. It would be nice if I could share a folder on the FTP server to map to the one of the Windows OS Server.

How is vsftpd for and FTP server?
http://vsftpd.beasts.org/#about
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I run my FTP server on Centos with 512 MB of RAM and it hums without any problems.
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Have you considered looking into virtual appliances?  Most of these come pre-configured and are web based for management.  The one that comes to mind in this instance would be :

OpenFiler (CENTOS, NAS/SAN/FTP/NFS/SMB/CIFS)
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/344

But you could certainly search for more to cater to what you need rather than place a linux box into production that you may not be comfortable supporting as you learn your way around.

Cheers!
Great advice. Thank you!