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Sharepoint site to replace FTP server

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Looking to replace an FTP server (running on IIS) with a sharepoint server for easier end-user access.  Super simple with its own db for users/passwords, no AD or LDAP or anything fancy.  Just want to have 10 users be able to login and download or upload files with read only permissions, dont want them to be able to overwrite/rename/delete - just download and upload.  
Are there templates for this kind of thing or does it need to be all custom development?  
Can I use the free sharepoint service or does that exist anymore?
Thanks for any direction on how I could go about setting this up.
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Do you already have the edition of SharePoint that comes with SBS2008 up and running?

Have you already tried setting up a document library with one of the default templates? It's been a while since I've tried to customize permissions, but it sounds like something SharePoint Services can handle (or at least mostly handle) right out of the box?

Is there some particular reason you wanted to use SharePoint? Since it doesn't sound like you are trying to do any integration or tie in other SharePoint features, a web-based FTP client/portal (that you install in IIS) to access your existing FTP site may be easier for your users* and more precisely fit your needs.

*Even the basic edition of SharePoint contains "extra" things that could confuse users.
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No reason for sharepoint...What would be some web-based ftp client/portals you know of?

With the default ftp server there is no "log off" button or anything like that so thats a pain to have to clear cookies to log out (im guessing a reboot might also work)...
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The user "log off" (at least as far as you're concerned based on your comment) is a function of the client* and not the server.

*When using the built-in FTP client in Windows/Internet explorer the user may have also check the "remember password" box in the logon prompt. If so it would make it even more of a pain to "logoff."


There are handfuls of them out there--be sure and NOT put in your server/login to ones hosted at a 3rd party unless it is a dummy account/server used just for testing, you want one you can install on your own server (some solutions like net2ftp come in both flavors.) If I were to set one up for my use I'd probably try Pydio. It is capable of much more than the "basic" functionality you're looking for, but maybe those features will be appealing once you get a look at it. But keep in mind more functionality can mean more complicated for the end-user.
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