Step-by-Step: Setting up IIS 5.1 on Windows XP Professional - FTP Server
September 4, 2005

Continued from IIS 5.1 - The Web Server Configuration

The FTP service.  In Internet Information Services, click on "FTP Sites" to see the status of your FTP server.


Right click on "Default FTP Site" and select "Properties". 

Tab: FTP Site 

  • Description - change the name to what you like 
  • IP Address - Can leave as "All unassigned" or the specific IP address of your computer. 
  • TCP Port - Port 21 is default and should stay the same 
  • Connections - Like the Web service, 10 is your maximum amount of connections 
  • Log Files - You should log who is coming to your site 
  • Current Sessions - Lists the people who are currently visiting your site. 

Tab: Security Accounts 

  • Allow Anonymous Connections - This depend on what you want to do with your FTP server. 
  • Username - This is the account name that is given to the ftp user.  It takes the form "IUSR_(your computer name)".  Do not delete this account in your control panel otherwise people will not be able to use any of your Internet Services. 
  • FTP Site Operators - Controls who gets to administer your FTP site. 


Tab: Messages 

  • Welcome: Type in your greeting or leave it blank. 
  • Exit: Same as Welcome 
  • Maximum connections: Insert any number less than 10 since you're capped at 10.  If you have 10 ftp connections, that means that nobody will be able to visit your website since the ftp and web both share 10 connections together. 


Tab: Home Directory 

  • Local path: This you can change.  Actually it makes more sense to make the root FTP directory one level up from your website since you will probably administer your website using FTP. 


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