Mac Server FTP
Posted on 2012-04-03
Currently I'm having an issue with the FTP server abilities on my Mac Server. The Mac server we are using is currently responsible for digitizing video footage and making it available to transfer onto other systems. These other systems are Windows systems. I currently have a small network comprised of two Macs (a Pro and a Server) and two Windows boxes (a 7 and a 2008 box). The Windows boxes are mainly responsible for copying files off of the Macs which allow the Mac's to free up space to continue working.
I have configured the Macs to utilize two different IP's with their NICs. One for our regular network (for web and updates etc), the other for the private network for transferring files. I did this to separate the transfer traffic from the regular network to help reduce network congestion in our main network (files can be up to 500 GB). They use different subnets (192.168.5.x and 192.168.10.x).
The I have no issue FTPing to the Mac Pro, and I didn't have an issue until recently with the Mac Server. Now on the Mac Server, I am now still able to establish a connection via FTP, but before the directories can pop up I get timed out. Sometimes I am able to connect to the machine, but often it takes more than 5 tries to connect.
I realize that setting up Mac Pro and Mac Server FTP is different, however I enabled the FTP service on the server and it was working well until now.
Here are the things I've tried:
- I'm using FileZilla client on the Windows machine to FTP onto there. I've tried SmartFTP, the basic Windows Explorer, IE, etc. All the same result and gets timed out.
- I've restarted the FTP service numerous times on the server and tried restarts to no avail.
- Tried both Active and Passive transfers
- Did have success with SFTP, however the speed was nowhere near FTP speeds (yes I realize they are different protocols).
- Tried different accounts for the Mac (Root and two different admin accounts)
- No firewalls are active between the Mac Server and the Windows boxes (software firewalls via the OS's are disabled as well)
- Changed the network cables
- Checked permissions on the Mac Server which checked out fine.
Any help would be appreciated to help solve this small issue. I've stopped short of totally reloading the Mac Server as it still is able to do digitization work.