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I just want to put a large file on our webserver for someone to download!

Posted on 2011-03-04
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Normally I would just put it somewhere on the portion of the server that's open up to everybody and then send the (http) link in an e-mail to the recipient.  Simplicity itself. Then take it down after they have retrieved it.  But now people are telling me this isn't safe and I need to make them enter a password to get the file.  This is easy to do, right?  (crosses fingers)  I hope somebody can help me.  Our web server is Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard, SP2.  I (scarily) have full access to it.  I see something about FTP Sites in the IIS Manager ... hmmm.  Don't know where to ask this question, maybe somebody can tell me that also.
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by:mars-vie
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You should make a directory which holds the download files within your public site e.g. z_downloads
Then you should set up a new user.
Add the new user to the directory and grant read access to that user.
Remove the I_USR account from this directory.
Send the URL to the file and username/passowrd to your recipient.
An authentification window will pop up when accessing the file.

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pod86 earned 167 total points
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Hi,

You can setup Authenticated Access on IIS:

1. Integrated Windows Authentication: encrypts the password sent to the server (we recommend this method)
2. Digest Authentication: this level works only if Active Directory is configured
3. Basic Authentication: sends the password across the network in clear text (we do not recommend this method)
4. .Net Passport Authentication: a web authentication service

Following site for instructions: http://www.hosting.com/support/dedicated/IIS/passwordprotect

FTP is another service which you can setup which is just purely for sharing files.

To setup on windows 2003: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323384
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by:Brad Howe
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Based on the requirements. Without investing time into a Login page, windows basic auth will to the trick. It is a low level Challenge/Response authentication that requires local accounts (NON-ADMIN) to be created on the web server.

It is however non-encrypted, so if the information is classified or critical, i would suggest other methods.

How to configure IIS Web site authentication in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324274

Cheers,
Hades666
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Thanks everybody, I'm going to try this today ...
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Did you ever get around to testing this? - Hades666
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I don't have access to that server any more  but my co-worker might need this information.  Thanks but we can just close it out.
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Just maxing you out because it's my fault I didn't ever take the advice!
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