setting up ftp

Hello Experts, I have a client who has four servers.  Two are domain controllers, 1 is an application server and the 4th is a web server.  The web server is Microsoft Server Web Edition 2003 and the other are Microsoft Server 2008 R2 Standard.

I have the need to setup an ftp site to allow 3rd parties to send data to us.  several questions:
1. Is the FTP within IIS enough for an external ftp site?  If not, is there any inexpensive software that would be better?
2. Is it ok to setup and ftp site on a domain controller? Would there be any security risks?

I would like to support ftps

Please advise any recommendations... I want this to be easy, encrypted and secure.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
While IIS's FTP works I find it to be poorly designed and instead use Filezilla Server instead. Best practice is that a DC is only a DC but in a real world scenario it can be done.

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Brett DanneyIT ArchitectCommented:
FTP within IIS is enough for an external FTP. I would not put the FTP on the domain controller, from a security perspective it is risky. Of course ftp is not encrypted or secure, you need sftp. The best app I have found to run sftp on Windows servers is freeSSHD, download at
It is simple to configure and very stable.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
thanks for the comments, I agree it does not seem ok to put the ftp on a domain controller, just does not seem like a good idea to expose a system with AD with external access.

I like filezilla.. I think it will do what I need.
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