Allow FTP on SBS 2003

Posted on 2014-01-21
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Last Modified: 2014-01-26
I've been asked to find out why a server cannot connect to our Data Distribution server via FTP (standard port 21).

The problem server is SBS 2003. I've port forwarded FTP in their Gateway/Firewall (even though this server is not a FTP server itself).

Other servers/computers from our various offices can access our Distribution server fine...

Where do I start troubleshooting this?
Question by:Reece Dodds
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by:Dave Baldwin
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If it is not an FTP server (meaning that it does not have the IIS6 FTP service or any other FTP server running),  then they will simply not be able to connect because the service does not exist.

The other servers/computers are using other methods such as shared directories.  Find out how they are connecting and suggest that the problem server use that method.

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Reece Dodds earned 0 total points
ID: 39798760
You misunderstand.
The server with the problem is not hosting.  It's a client connecting to the host (our Distribution server). IIS/FTP service on the server with the problem is irrelevant.

Nevermind though - I found what the problem was.  The poxy ISP configured ADSL2+ modem/gateway had an "Advanced Firewall Settings" page nestled deep where traffic could be enabled/disabled in their entirety.  Changed this and all is well.  

The modem is a Thompson 2701HGV-W Gateway if anyone else has a similar problem.

Thanks though

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by:Reece Dodds
ID: 39809851
Self-resolved.  I found an Advanced Firewall Settings page in the modem's web interface where FTP could be re-enabled.
The modem is a Thompson 2701HGV-W Gateway if anyone else has a similar problem.

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