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Setting up FTP server in SBS 2008

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Assuming an FTP server setup in SBS 2008 using the "Ftp Service" function under IIS section of the SBS 2008 install disk:

1. Can I give users permissions based upon their user groups and user names?  In other words, if I create a root FTP folder called ABC, which all users have access to, then create a subfolder XYZ that only one group (say Administrators) has access to, do these permissions hold when the folders are being accessed via FTP?

2. The SBS server is on a dynamic IP (no Exchange Server) and this is the only set of folders to which external access is needed.  I'll use a dynamic IP service such as NO-IP.  I want the users to be able to access the folders via their web browser (e.g. ftp.exampledomain.com).  Any problem with this?

Thanks.
David
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Installing an FTP service on a domain controller is considered extremely risky.  Passwords with FTP are unencrypted, and therefore you have domain passwords being sent over the internet in a very insecure method.  SBS does allow folder shares through RWA using Sharepoint.

This is a very common question and always discouraged.  Also many have difficulty configuring it as noted by the questions in the forum.  The recommended option is to install an FTP service such as Filezilla on a PC using local passwords, rather than domain passwords.
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ps-  Keep in mind also if granting remote users to the domain, they will need a CAL to do so.  A PC with a local account, they do not.
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Whether I put FileZilla Server on a separate PC or on the server itself, will remote users of FTP via FileZilla need cals?  Their use of FTP is for viewing Word/Excel docs in the FTP folder.
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Anyone accessing the server locally or remotely will need CAL's.
It is also not secure allowing remote access directly to the server.

Accessing a PC using local, not domain, account does not.  Keep in mind it is limited to 10 simultaneous connections.

How much data is there?  You could have a Skydrive site and host it in the cloud.  Up to 7GB is free and more is quite affordable such as an additional 25 GB for $10/year.
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Thanks very much - we'll go with a separate local PC.
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