The File Transfer Program (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files between a client and server on a computer network. Built on a client-server model architecture, it separates control and data connections between the client and the server. Users may access the server through a sign-in protocol, typically in the form of a username and password.

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When I try to upload the configuration from my Cisco asa 5520 firewall to an ftp server, I get a protocol error. The command I use is: "copy running-config ftp://anonymous@". If I make a ftp connection from my local computer to the ftp server, everything goes fine. Why am I getting this error on my Cisco firewall?
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How do I set up an exception in Avast AVG Business so as to allow an FTP server to connect to a folder on my computer?   I have a Canon WFT wireless transmitter that connects to an FTP server on my computer.   When I disable the AVG protection, the files are transmitted normally, but blocked otherwise.   How do I set up an exception to allow the files to go through.
In IPSwitch ftp professional 12.6

I have a scheduled task that transfers files from a customer FTP to my local folder
Works fine
I have delete access on the customer folder

What I need is Post transfer... after that task has run

Sometime later

I need to delete the files in the customer FTP

I don;t care if I need to include it in the current scheduled activity

Or create a new one that runs an hour later

This runs only once a day
Hi Experts ~
I have been tasked with applying Cloudflare to our domains and sub-domains.
I've been 98% successful except for one sub-domain that uses ftp.
The s/w connecting to this sub-domain is failing. It appears Cloudflare doesn't work with FTP and a fix is to have the s/w use the IP instead of the sub-domain, however this s/w is managed thru an external party and making that change has proven problematic to roll out. As a result, I've re-verted back to our GoDaddy DNS service until we can solve the problem.

When I configured the DNS records in Cloudflare, I enabled the security layer. The record looks like the attached.  

My question, does any know if I clear the security layer, will the DNS resolve? (e.g. when I hear 'Cloudflare doesn't work with FTP' is that referring to the security layer? or just in general?).

Thanks in advance for any insight or advice.
What are Enterprise size businesses using to replace old FTP Server technology.

Where I work we are looking to update our technology and replace our FTP Server.  I have been charged with researching alternative solutions to using an in house FTP server.  This F.T.P. Server is used by our:

- Employees
- Customers

To share files from different locations.  We want to have it secured so its not open to everyone on the internet.  Citrix ShareFile is good; but, it is expensive.  IS there any type of technology that we can use and setup on premises?  That we cna install and have it work better and more securely than FTP?

Even if you need to pay a little bit that is fine.  We wil need several dozen accounts to connect and share files to this alternative solution.
I would like to map an FTP folder on a remote site as a mapped drive on a Windows 10 computer.
Is this possible?
Hi all,
How do I check in windows 2012 to verify that the server has installed and configured with ftp services ? I also try to find out the location and if there is any folder, but I seems couldn't found them.

Trying to access via command prompt, always turned with error below

530-User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible.
 Win32 error:   Access is denied.
 Error details: Authorization rules denied the access.
530 End
Login failed.
We've got Filezilla server (Version - 0.9.60 beta) installed on one of our Server 2008 servers.  During a routine scan of our network we're getting
"FTP Privileged Port Bounce Scan"

The remote FTP server is vulnerable to a FTP server bounce attack.

It is possible to force a remote FTP server to connect to third parties using the PORT command.

The problem allows intruders to use your network resources to scan other hosts, making them think the attack comes from your network.

See the CERT advisory (CERT-CC:CA-1997-27) for solutions and workarounds.

Plugin Output:
The following command, telling the server to connect to on port 10794:

PORT 169,254,95,1,42,42

produced the following output:

200 Port command successful

I've looked at the referenced CERT Advisory, it wasn't very helpful.
Hi Experts,

do you have a manual about creation of SFTP Server on WIndows ?
Hi Experts,

We are using freeFTPd as our sftp server and it is working fine. The only problem is when the server is restarted, i does not start automatically. Any suggestion how to start this automatically when the server is restarted? Also any suggestion if there are any better SFTP server which will start automatically after a system reboot?
Thanks in advance.
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Hello Ee,

Kinda a weird one . I have a vsftp centos instance running in active mode ( pasv_enable=NO) on I have a powershell script (psftp module) that connects and downloads and uploads some files to the vsftp instance from - windows server 2012. Weird thing is , all of a sudden it stops with "The remote server returned an error: (425) Can't open data connection." now if I use the windows client ftp commands it gives the same 425 . However, if I open the filezilla ftp browser using active mode port 21 it works . If I open another windows cmd and run the ftp commands from another windows instance on same subnet it works. ..Without any known reason , the script and windows cmd ftp will start to  work again after about 30-40 mins being down..

any ideas?
I've got a question on my SY0-501 Security+ exam with a question to me has an incorrect answer.  The question is
"A security Admin wishes to implement a secure method of file transfer when communicating with outside organizations."

"Which of the following protocols would BEST facilitate secure file transfer? (Select TWO)"

I choose SCP, & FTPS, which according to exam prep is incorrect, it states that TFTP should be used. Is this look correct?  I know TFTP is NOT secure.
I need to provide a SFTP service to let my data providers upload files securely.

Do you know a good and affordable hoster?

I don't feel comfortable opening my servers to the web!
Hello EE,

I recently installed a vsftp instance on centos7 , i have it configured for "active" mode i thought . Initially, it worked great for about 12hours , including from windows ftp client then I get a 425 error about data port and PASV mode on a windows shell ftp client . I need to use the windows ftp client / active mode setting . Below is the current config

# 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!
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
# 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.
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
# 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.
# 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.
# By default the server will pretend to allow 

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Anyone have a good solution to rename recursively all the files in a directory tree that begin in _ or contain ()!$% etc?  I am trying to start a massive FTP upload but it fails due to the names.  I have already used CMD to recursively remove temp files and such but the ren command doesn't work recursively.
I would like to modify this CuteFTP script so that it automatically overwrites the files in the Destination path...

Currently when I run the VBS script it prompts me if I should overwrite, and I always have to say Yes.... I want to bypass that..

[code][/' VBS Script Generated by CuteFTP (TM) macro recorder.
' Generated at: 10/24/2018 10:10:10 AM.

' Create TEConnection object
Set MySite = CreateObject("CuteFTPPro.TEConnection")

' Initialize remote server host name, protocol, port, etc.
MySite.Host = "host.host.com"
MySite.Protocol = "FTP"
MySite.Port = 21
MySite.Retries = 30
MySite.Delay = 30
MySite.MaxConnections = 4
MySite.TransferType = "AUTO"
MySite.DataChannel = "DEFAULT"
MySite.AutoRename = "OFF"
' WARNING!!! SENSITIVE DATA: user name and password.
MySite.Login = "login1234"
MySite.Password = "password1234"
MySite.SocksInfo = ""
MySite.ProxyInfo = ""
' Connect to remote server
MySite.DownloadAsync "/out", "\\srv\files\Inbound\FTPInbound"code]
I am working on a project where I have to send several files to several different offsite locations.   All the reports will be pushed down to a SFTP server and then I need to automatically transfer these files to 4 different SFTP servers.  this is a daily and monthly occurrence.  I am in need of assistance in creating a script that automates this task.  Currently, I open WinSCP and individually transfer each report to the appropriate folder.   I have found scripts where I should be able to do one report at a time, but I have not found anythng that will do more than one report with a different name at one time.  Is this even possible?
Hello Guys,

I am facing a very strange issue. I am not able to connect to the FTP Site using work PC but able to connect to it using my home PC. I have taken the following steps to resolve the issue:

1. Reboot the COMCAST Business Gateway (from SMC Networks)
2. Verified that no firewall is enabled to block the access
3. Contact COMCAST to verify if their equipment configured correctly, and COMCAST verified that it is configured correctly
4. Contact the FTP Site Hosting Company, they responded that since you are able to access out FTP Site using your home PC so therefore there seems to be no issue
5. Also verified that the our WAN Internet IP Address is NOT on any Blacklist.

This is a very strange issue and need guidance.

Facing a very strange problem from yesterday, suddenly loss connectivity with FTP site with no apparent changes to the PCs and or Firewall settings. Well the strange part is that I can successfully access and upload files from home. First thought the error is on the hosting side and submit a remedy ticket but was told that the possibility is very low since I am able to access the FTP site from home. I also contacted the ISP (Comcast) and the support tech reviewed the Business Gateway Router settings which were also deemed OK...I also did uninstall Norton Security thinking it might be the culprit but the issue remain the same i.e. not able to connect/access FTP site from Office/Work network. Any help and guidance will be appreciated.
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I am working on a project where I have to send several files to several different offsite locations.  I send these files via SFTP to their designated server using WINSCP.  Today I have to create a SFTP server so people can send me files.  I choose two routes, I created a SFTP using IIS Manager on a server as well as using Core FTP mini-sftp-server.  I am using WINSCP as the client to see if I can log into the server.  I set up the client using a username and password.  Everytime I log in, I get a messge - Authenticating with pre-entered password. Access denied.  I have no idea why this is saying this.  Can anyone help?
Hi Experts,

I have this PowerShell script but I just want to change the Local Directory (C:/Dir) to a network share lets say \\share\docs\*.* , also I want to make sure the files from the local share folder docs  are copied and are uploaded to the FTP site.  Below is the script, please let me know

#we specify the directory where all files that we want to upload  
#ftp server
$ftp = "ftp://ftp.server.com/dir/
$user = "user"
$pass = "Pass"  
$webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$webclient.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($user,$pass)  
#list every sql server trace file
foreach($item in (dir $Dir "*.trc")){
    "Uploading $item..."
    $uri = New-Object System.Uri($ftp+$item.Name)
    $webclient.UploadFile($uri, $item.FullName)
I have a batch file that is used to sftp a file by calling winscp. However if the file exist on the sftp server it does not over write it. Below is the command i am using. Can you tell me how to overwrite the file if it already exists please?
put -nopreservetime -nopermissions L:\PROGRA~1\TCI\RETAIL~1\HQPM\Batch\..\hosttran\export\Shipt\Product\Weis_product*.zip 

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I run an SSIS package to create a .txt file on to an FTP server and the delimiter I use is a pipe delimeter:

I have to import this file into a third party too and I get this error message: invalid field count

196      196      Invalid field count: expected 17 fields but found 10      [203822][1][903510001][Accessories][331000][0][Uncertified][5000][1/8/8/0/9/18809622][  Edition Red, White & Blue Crystal Minaudiere]
197      197      Invalid field count: expected 17 fields but found 1      [<BR> Condition: 1]
198      198      Invalid field count: expected 17 fields but found 8      [<][][1][][0][0][37][collection]

I can't use any other delimiter because of the nature of the file. Can you provide any suggestions please
Problem with FTP user isolation in IIS 8.  Users logging into server are going into the localuser folder instead of their own folder.
We are only using this IIS server for FTP. I have created local user accounts with passwords on the server and created folders under the Localuser directory with the same name as the local user account. I gave full control permissions to the user account on that folder.
However, when a user logged in, he went in at the localuser level and did not see any of the other directories, including the folder on his own name.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard with IIS8.
The scenario: Windows server behind a firewall (pFsense) is initiating an FTP connection to an external service. The external service is stating the firewall is passing the internal IP address to their FTP server in the connection setup.

I've reviewed the firewall settings and don't see how the firewall could be doing this. I don't have access to the windows server or the software initiating the connection to review them.

Any suggestions on where to look?







The File Transfer Program (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files between a client and server on a computer network. Built on a client-server model architecture, it separates control and data connections between the client and the server. Users may access the server through a sign-in protocol, typically in the form of a username and password.

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