Organizations or businesses can set up their very own File Transfer Protocol or FTP sites by using the Microsoft Windows Server Software. Moving files across the Internet is made easier with an FTP set up for the organization, especially for large files that cannot be sent by email because of attachment limitations.

1. Access Control Panel to create the File Transfer Protocol:
Go to ‘Start’, select ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Control Panel’. Click on the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ icon in Control Panel. From the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ window, click on the ‘Add or Remove Windows Components’ tab. The ‘Windows Components Wizard’ will appear on the screen. Click on ‘Details’ and put a check mark on the box for ‘File Transfer Protocol’ and click ‘OK’. Click on the ‘Next’ button and wait for a few seconds while Windows is activating the Internet Information Services and File Transfer Protocol. At this point you may be asked to insert the Windows Server installation CD. Once the installation is done, click on the ‘Finish’ button.

2. Configure the FTP site you just created:
Go back to ‘Control Panel’, select ‘Administrative Tools’ and click on ‘Internet Information Services’. Right click on the icon for ‘Default FTP Site’ and choose ‘Properties’ from the dropdown. The ‘Default FTP Site Properties’ window will appear on the screen. Choose an IP Address for the FTP site by selecting one from the IP Address dropdown. If you leave it under ‘All Unassigned’, all access requests to the FTP site will be granted, but if you specify an IP Address, only access requests from that specific IP Address will be granted. Click ‘Next’, and this time the Wizard will ask you to set ‘FTP User Isolation’.

3. Specify User Isolation for the FTP site:
There are three options available for you in setting up user isolation and you cannot change it anymore after the FTP site is created.

* ‘Do not isolate users’ – This option will allow users to access the FTP Home directory of other users.

* ‘Isolate users’ – This option will require FTP home directory assignment within the FTP site root.

* ‘Isolate users using Active Directory’ – This option will require FTP home directory assignment configured using their Active Directory account.

4. Specify a location for the site in the root directory:
After specifying FTP User Isolation, click ‘Next’ and then you will be asked to enter the path to the home directory. Click ‘Next’ after specifying the root directory location.

5. Specify User Access for the FTP site:
There are two types of user access permissions to choose from. Choosing ‘Read’ will allow users to read and download files, while ‘Write’ will allow users to read, download, upload and edit files in the FTP site. Put a check mark beside the User Access permission, click ‘Next’ and ‘Finished’.

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