How to setup an Internal FTP Server?

Pkafkas
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Hello:

I would like to setup an FTP Server on our Internal network.  I would like to use our Web-Filter appliance to export logs to an FTP Server.  The FTP Server will be on the same IP Subnet as the Web Filter.

The idea is that the Web Filter will export the logs to the FTP Server.   Then the Web appliance will email the logs to a specific email account.  I just need to setup an FTP Server.

I do have an existing Windows 2003 Server SP2, that already has Internet Information Server already installed/configured on it.  Should I just use that server (with IISalready installed) as the FTP server?  AS you can see I have never setup an FTP Server before.

What can I do to setup and FTP server and allow users to be able to access the FTP server?
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions Architect

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The idea is that the Web Filter will export the logs to the FTP Server.   Then the Web appliance will email the logs to a specific email account.  I just need to setup an FTP Server.

Are you sure really need the FTP server?
What will happen once the files are on the FTP Server?
Can't the Web Filter email directly?
PkafkasNetwork Engineer

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Well, I spoke with the Vendor and this is what the web filtyer is going to do.

1.  Export the Logs to teh FTP Server.
2.  Connect to the FTP server and then attach teh logs for an email.
3.  Appearently the logs will not reside on the web filter.
       a.  Only a .zipped up version of the logs stay on the web filter for recording purposes.

Hope that answers your question.

Ona 2nd note,

I will begin to look at the above web links.
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions Architect

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okie dokie.
The first link posted by neilpage99 would help you.
PkafkasNetwork Engineer

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I tried setting up a new FTP site on the Server that already had IIS manager installed.  All of the links were pretty similar, but I used.  http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/creating-configuring-ftp.html

I can see the default FTP Site.; but, I cannot see the new FTP site that I created.  I assigned a different IP address to the new site.  

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If I type the IP address of the server, I can see the default FTP site.  But if I type in the
PkafkasNetwork Engineer

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If I try to browse out ot the new FTP site that I just created, I cannot.

browse error
PkafkasNetwork Engineer

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What do I need to do to get this new FTP site to work?  

I would prefer not to use the default FTP site, on this server.  

The Server's IP address is different from the IP address that I have assigned to this new FTP site.
1. First, what do you mean when you say "I can't see the FTP site"  or  "I can see the default site" ??  when you say "see" do you really mean "connect to"?  -because I can see the sites just fine in yoru screen shots.

2. FTP is not web, so you shouldn't expect to "browse" the site. You wanted FTP. so you should use an FTP client to test the site. You can use the built-in FTP client in Windows, which is command line only, or you can download any of dozens of free clients like FileZilla:
http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

...or CoreFTP:
http://www.coreftp.com/

...or SmartFTP:
http://www.smartftp.com/


3. You can't arbitrarily assign an IP address to your FTP site unless that IP address is already assigned to the server. If you want to add an IP address to the server - you should know how to do that:
http://theos.in/news/howto-windows-2000-2003-server-add-additional-ip-address/

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754203(v=ws.10).aspx#bkmk_NetFndtn_Pln_CfgStatic03

http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-2000/how-to-addassign-multiple-ip-address-in-vistaxp20002003/

4. Once you have added your new IP address to the server - you can add this IP address to your FTP site.
PkafkasNetwork Engineer

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Hello Neilpage99:

Well, I would like to say thanks for showing me the web reference on how to add an additinal IP address to an already existing NIC.  I never had to do that before, so this was a learning experience for me.

I am sure I will use that information going forward.  After adding the 2nd IP address, I can now see the files in the ftp://192.168.1.238/ .  And I can now use the 'Browse' feature in IIS Manager( I mean I do not get any more errors).

Everything works great, in Theory and on Paper, but until you actually do it, you might run into some questions here and there.

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