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Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in Windows XP

Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in Windows XP - PCSTATS
Abstract: FTP is an easy way to transfer files over the Internet and in this guide PCSTATS will explains the basics of using it, and how to set up a home FTP server in Windows XP.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Dec 24 2008   Mike Dowler  
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FTP and firewalls

If you use some form of hardware or software firewall to protect your computer, you will probably need to do a little more work to get FTP to operate correctly.

Software firewalls and FTP

The two most common software firewalls are the built-in Windows XP firewall and Zonealarm by Zone Labs. To configure the Windows XP firewall to allow FTP access: Go to start\control panel\network connections, right click on the icon for your Internet connection and select 'properties.'

Go to the 'advanced' tab and click the 'settings' button to configure your firewall (ensure that the firewall is enabled first; if it is enabled there will be a check in the 'protect my computer…' box).

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From the 'services' tab, simply place a checkmark in the 'FTP server' box. This will allow FTP traffic on port 21 to enter your computer. Press 'ok.'

If you have installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 on your computer, you will need to follow slightly different steps.

To enable FTP to pass through the Windows XP SP2 firewall, go to ‘start\control panel\windows firewall’ then open the ‘advanced’ tab.

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Highlight your Internet connection in the ‘network connection settings’ window, then click ‘settings.’ From this screen, place a checkmark in the FTP box and hit ‘ok.’

To configure Zonealarm to allow FTP access

PCSTATS From the main Zonealarm window, select 'program control.'

If you are using Window's built in FTP server, you need find the entry for 'internet information services' and place checkmarks next to 'access\internet' and 'server\internet.'

If you are using Serv-U or some other third party program, locate the program on the list (if it is not present, click 'add' and browse to the program's executable file to add it to the list) and again place checkmarks next to 'access\internet' and 'server\internet.'

This will allow your FTP site to send and receive information through the Zonealarm firewall.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in Windows XP
 Pg 2.  Controlling Anonymous Access
 Pg 3.  Configuring the FTP Website Controls
 Pg 4.  WinXP FTP Security Controls
 Pg 5.  Third-party FTP Software
 Pg 6.  Configuring Serv-U Software
 Pg 7.  Creating FTP User Accounts
 Pg 8.  — FTP and firewalls
 Pg 9.  Configuring Hardware Firewalls for FTP

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