Installing FTP on Windows Server 2008 R2

Installing FTP on Windows Server 2008 R2

Open Server Manager by going to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Server Manager.

In Server Manager, select Roles and then click on Add Role Services.

In Select Role Services, scroll down and check the box next to FTP Server. Once done, click Next.

Review what is being installed. Once ready, click Install.

Create User (ftpwaytoinfotechusr) and create group (FTP_Allow).

And add user in FTP-Allow group.

Now FTP is installed. You cannot yet connect to your Web Site via FTP. Next, you will need to Add a FTP Publishing to your site.

Open IIS, expand your computer, expand Sites, right click on your Web Site and then click on Add FTP Publishing…

  • Choose an IP address for your FTP site from the IP address drop-down, or choose to accept the default selection of “All Unassigned.”
  • Normally, you would enter the TCP/IP port for the FTP site in the port box. For this how-to, choose to accept the default port of 21.
  • For this how-to, we will not use a host name, so make sure that the Virtual Host box is blank.
  • Make sure that the Certificates drop-down is set to “Not Selected” and that the Allow SSL option is selected.
  • When you have completed these items, click Next.


On the Authentication and Authorization Information page:

  • Select Basic for the Authentication settings.
  • For the Authorization settings:
    • Choose “Specified group” from the Allow access to drop-down
    • Type “FTP_Allow” for the group.
    • Select Read and Write for the Permissions option.
  • When you have completed these items, click Finish.

Last thing to make sure is if your Windows Firewall has a rule set for FTP default port 21.

Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by going to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Once opened, click on Inbound Rules and then click on New Rule under the Actions Pane.

The New Inbound Rule Wizard will pop up. You will select Port and click Next.

Since this is for the default port 21 for FTP, we will use the TCP protocol and 21 for the Specific local ports.  Once done, click Next.

In the Action page, we will select to Allow the connection and click Next.

The next page is the Profile page, which we will check all the boxes and then click Next.

On the last page, you will need to select a name for the new rule. Here, we will name it “FTP” and then click Finish.

Now the firewall rule has been added for the default port 21. We can now test the FTP connection to the Web Site. In this how-to, I will use FileZilla to show connection but there are many FTP clients out there to use.

With FileZilla, we will need to fill in the Host/IP Address, Username, Password, and Port # to connect. Earlier, I set up FTP to use a specific user (ftpwaytoinfotechusr) and also used the default FTP port 21. Once you hit Connect, you will be connected to your Web Site via FTP!

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