How to Set up an Ftp Server on Windows XP and Windows 2003

How to Set up an Ftp Server on Windows XP and Windows 2003

Setting up an FTP server for Windows XP and Windows 2003 may be a little rough at first, but, with a little effort, you can have a nice FTP server your friends can grab files off of.



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    First, you should start by retrieving your Windows XP CD.

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    Next, click the Start button and go to the Control Panel.

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    After that, select “Add/Remove Windows Components.

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    Select “Internet Information Services” under “Windows Components.

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    Click “details” and select the “File Transfer Protocol (FTP)” service. (Remember that this will also automatically select “Common Files” and “Internet Information Services Snap-In.”)

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    Click OK and follow the instructions for the install Wizard (or you can just push next if you don’t feel like reading). Be prepared with your Windows XP CD, because it might prompt you for it if you haven’t already installed it. Once it is done, you might have to restart your computer after this.

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    After that, all you need to do is just paste the files you want to be public into “C:\INETPUB\FTPROOT.” Note that by default, these files are read-only and public. Public meaning that anyone who knows the IP address may download copies from it.

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    There’s more to go! Now, you need to configure your router’s firewall to let FTP traffic through. This can be done through your router’s administration menu. Note that this will vary depending on your router.

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    After letting your router firewall let FTP connections in, you will have to configure your regular firewall to let FTP connections in through a certain port.

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    Finally, after done with everything, you may access your FTP site through your browser. All you need to do is type in the URL where “” is the WAN address of your computer.




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