Need help configuring VSFTPD - First Web Server Deployment - Using Virtual Box to host it.

First off, I am a newbie at linux. I have been a network admin at our local school for years (Windows Server environment with a few linux thin clients).

I have tried numerous distros and installed LAMP successfully. I have changed the web directory to /usr/websites/ and have been successful with connecting to a php page with localhost as well as connecting through my local network using the IP of the virtual machine... all is well with my apache/LAMP setup.

However, I am really having a difficult time setting up my ftp server.. vsftpd

I am wanting to configure it so that I can ftp in with dreamweaver and automatically create the file/folder structure by just clicking the upload button. Keep in mind that my root for apache is now /usr/websites/

I want to configure it to use "russ" as the username... "russ" is already the admin on the server..

Thanks

BTW - I currently have ubuntu installed, but I can easily go to something else
ambantinAsked:
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IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
your /usr/websites has a permission error you dont have full permission 777
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IanThCommented:
is vsftpd running ?

when you try and setup the web client in dreamweaver what happens

how did you install lamp as that should set everything up ?
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
lamp setup is pretty much default except for the document root... that is /usr/websites

I have tried to setup vsftpd using different configs that are online and none of them work.
right now the config is messed up...

I could do a reinstall of everything... will take me about 20 minutes.... then everything will be back to default...

What I really need to know is how to configure vsftpd to start with... I do not want anonymous login allowed... that is the only thing...
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IanThCommented:
so what error do you get when you try to setup the connection in dreamweaver
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
give me a half hour... I will do a fresh install... I think I may have messed up the original config so much that it won't give us a valid situation
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IanThCommented:
dont yet just tell me what happens when you try a web client in dreamweaver
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
"an ftp error... cannot make connection to host...internal data error
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
here is the vsftpd.conf

# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf
#
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
#
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
# capabilities.
#
#
# Run standalone?  vsftpd can run either from an inetd or as a standalone
# daemon started from an initscript.
listen=YES
#
# Run standalone with IPv6?
# Like the listen parameter, except vsftpd will listen on an IPv6 socket
# instead of an IPv4 one. This parameter and the listen parameter are mutually
# exclusive.
#listen_ipv6=YES
#
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).
anonymous_enable=NO
#
# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
local_enable=YES
#
# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
write_enable=YES
#
# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
#local_umask=022
#
# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
#anon_upload_enable=YES
#
# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
# new directories.
#anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES
#
# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
# go into a certain directory.
dirmessage_enable=YES
#
# If enabled, vsftpd will display directory listings with the time
# in  your  local  time  zone.  The default is to display GMT. The
# times returned by the MDTM FTP command are also affected by this
# option.
use_localtime=YES
#
# Activate logging of uploads/downloads.
xferlog_enable=YES
#
# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
connect_from_port_20=YES
#
# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
# a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not
# recommended!
#chown_uploads=YES
#chown_username=whoever
#
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
#xferlog_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log
#
# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format.
# Note that the default log file location is /var/log/xferlog in this case.
#xferlog_std_format=YES
#
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
#idle_session_timeout=600
#
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
#data_connection_timeout=120
#
# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
#nopriv_user=ftpsecure
#
# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
# however, may confuse older FTP clients.
#async_abor_enable=YES
#
# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# Beware that on some FTP servers, ASCII support allows a denial of service
# attack (DoS) via the command "SIZE /big/file" in ASCII mode. vsftpd
# predicted this attack and has always been safe, reporting the size of the
# raw file.
# ASCII mangling is a horrible feature of the protocol.
#ascii_upload_enable=YES
#ascii_download_enable=YES
#
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
ftpd_banner=Prepare to be Assimilated.......
#
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
#deny_email_enable=YES
# (default follows)
#banned_email_file=/etc/vsftpd.banned_emails
#
# You may restrict local users to their home directories.  See the FAQ for
# the possible risks in this before using chroot_local_user or
# chroot_list_enable below.
#chroot_local_user=YES
#
# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
# users to NOT chroot().
# (Warning! chroot'ing can be very dangerous. If using chroot, make sure that
# the user does not have write access to the top level directory within the
# chroot)
#chroot_local_user=YES
#chroot_list_enable=YES
# (default follows)
#chroot_list_file=/etc/vsftpd.chroot_list
#
# You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume
# the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.
#ls_recurse_enable=YES
#
# Customization
#
# Some of vsftpd's settings don't fit the filesystem layout by
# default.
#
# This option should be the name of a directory which is empty.  Also, the
# directory should not be writable by the ftp user. This directory is used
# as a secure chroot() jail at times vsftpd does not require filesystem
# access.
secure_chroot_dir=/var/run/vsftpd/empty
#
# This string is the name of the PAM service vsftpd will use.
pam_service_name=vsftpd
#
# This option specifies the location of the RSA certificate to use for SSL
# encrypted connections.
rsa_cert_file=/etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem

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IanThCommented:
sounds like your not connecting to the correct path take a picture using snipping tool please
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
not sure what/how
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IanThCommented:
start run snip and drag the windows over dreamweaver when your setting up the web site

can you actually ping the server

is your firewall configured for dreamweaver and ftp?
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
In apache, I have changed the web directory to /usr/websites/ and have been successful with connecting to a php page with localhost as well as connecting through my local network using the IP of the virtual machine... all is well with my apache/LAMP setup.
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
ok... wow... it just worked... maybe my restart did it.... however... I do not see where it uploaded to...
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IanThCommented:
in dreamweaver are you connecting to /usr/websites or /usr/websites/
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
ok... uploaded to /home/russ... how do I change it to upload to /usr/websites?
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IanThCommented:
in the sites window
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
Connected to comp-stuff.
index.php - Transferring
menu.js - Transferring
/usr/websites/images/ - error occurred - Unable to create server folder /usr/websites/images/.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.
images\family_computer.jpg - user cancelled
/usr/websites/images/ - error occurred - Unable to create server folder /usr/websites/images/.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.
images\COMP STUFF.swf - user cancelled
index.php - error occurred - An FTP error occurred - cannot put index.php.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.
menu.js - error occurred - An FTP error occurred - cannot put menu.js.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.
/usr/websites/images/ - error occurred - Unable to create server folder /usr/websites/images/.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.
images\comp.jpg - user cancelled
qurified_message.png - Transferring
qurified_message.png - error occurred - An FTP error occurred - cannot put qurified_message.png.  Access denied.  The file may not exist, or there could be a permission problem.   Make sure you have proper authorization on the server and the server is properly configured.

File activity incomplete. 6 file(s) or folder(s) were not completed.

Files with errors: 6
/usr/websites/images/
/usr/websites/images/
index.php
menu.js
/usr/websites/images/
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
can you give me a quick step by step?
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IanThCommented:
logon to the ubuntu server
sudo  
chmod  + R 777 /usr/websites
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
russ@Desktop-VirtualBox:~$ sudo chmod + R 777 /usr/websites
chmod: cannot access `R': No such file or directory
chmod: cannot access `777': No such file or directory
russ@Desktop-VirtualBox:~$
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IanThCommented:
chmod +R is for recursive folder my bad as you have no folders for the permission to flow down

chmod 777 /usr/websites
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
ok... looks like all is working...

One last question... I have an account at DynDNS it dynamically tracks my IP and assigned a domain address (rubantin.gotdns.com). I have an ooma phone device that port forwards to my router, then the router port forwards to my PC IP... All that I should have to do is port forward 80 right? Once I do that, shouldn't I be able to put in rubantin.gotdns.com to access my web pages?
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
ok...lol... been doing some googling as well.... I took the ooma and port forwarded 8080 to my router... then I forwarded 8080 to 80 on my server ip.... it works

http://rubantin.gotdns.com:8080/testphp.php

So... is there a way to get mydomain.com to forward to this address without displaying it in the address bar?
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
ok

the php and htm tests are going good....

however.... http://rubantin.gotdns.com:8080/prices.pdf

and my main page http://rubantin.gotdns.com:8080/index.php are not displaying...

Russ
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IanThCommented:
that's not allowed asking another question that is not in the ee way
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
understood..
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
Thanks... BTW you have +R it is -R that was the problem...
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IanThCommented:
I thought my answer got you working why was it only a C

You need +R for recursive folders if you dont have any there is no need  I have never use -R I wonder if its distro difference
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ambantinAuthor Commented:
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IanThCommented:
oops read I wrong it is always -R but then you can have a +r
glad your sorted
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