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How to configure FTP server in windows xp prof ?

I need help for configuring the FTP server in win-XP Prof . Please tell me your suggestions.

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    How to configure the FTP in win xp sp2. Kindly let me know if you have any solution.


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    I get this message " install and configure system components" when trying to enstall a cd

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Setting up an FTP site Using Windows XP Professional Windows XP professional (as well as Windows 2000) includes Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Server) which can be used to create an FTP site on your computer. It's a fair bit less complicated and less flexible than using some third-party FTP server software packages, so we will give you guides for setting up both. If you are using XP Home you will need to use third-party software. There is no way to publish an FTP site with the Home Edition of XP.
The first step is to check that IIS (Internet Information Services, Microsoft's web-server application) is configured properly.
Go to start\'control panel'\'add/remove programs'\ choose the 'add/remove windows components' button from the bar on the left. Highlight the item 'Internet information services (IIS)' If it is unchecked, check it, then click 'details.'
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The components you will need are: 'common files,' 'file transfer protocol (FTP) service' and 'internet information services snap-in.' Uncheck any others then click next. IIS will configure itself, and you may be prompted for the XP CD.

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    Terry Lynn Deschamps Mar 22, 2008

    Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP -
    Configuring hardware firewalls for FTP


    Home Internet sharing devices
    like Cable/DSL routers are very common, and almost all come with some form of
    firewall that is enabled by default. To successfully pass FTP traffic through
    these devices, you will need to create a 'virtual server' entry in the setup of
    your Internet sharing device. Pictured below is an example of this from an SMC
    Barricade home DSL/cable router.

    A virtual server is an instruction to your Internet sharing device
    telling it to forward any traffic it
    receives on a specified port to a specific computer inside your network. For
    example, if you create a virtual server for port 21, IP address,
    your internet sharing device will listen for traffic coming in on port 21, then
    pass that traffic through the firewall to the computer with that IP

    Though the instructions will vary depending on the brand of your
    device, what you will need to do is find the 'virtual server' setup section (or equivalent),
    and specify the IP address of the computer that is running
    the FTP server (to find this, go to start\run and type
    'cmd' then 'ipconfig.'). You will
    need to enter port 21 for data coming into and out
    of the router.

    Once this
    is saved, FTP information will be able to pass through your firewall. For more
    information on firewalls and their configuration, see our Beginner's guide to firewalls and Internet security here.

    FTP security

    Important topic.
    The problem with FTP is that, by default, it is an extremely
    insecure protocol. Usernames and passwords are not encrypted in any way
    when they are sent from the client to the server, and so are
    prime targets for anyone intercepting network packets between your server and your
    This is the reason that the Windows FTP server software recommends that you use only anonymous access for your FTP site,
    as the alternative is to use valid user accounts from your XP

    If these credentials are intercepted, they could be used to
    severely compromise the security of your entire system, never mind your
    FTP site. Hence the recommended practice for home users is to allow anonymous
    access to the FTP site directory and simply not place sensitive files
    there. Obviously, this is not going
    to meet everyone's needs, so there are alternative methods of securing FTP

    speaking, these involve using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) or some other encryption
    method to encrypt the plain FTP information, creating a secure channel between
    the client and server. Ffor more information on SSL and other methods of
    encryption, see
    PCstats' Beginners Guide to encryption here .

    Most third-party FTP server software packages support encryption as part
    of the FTP program itself, but using IIS for Windows XP,
    the only possible method of security is to use a method
    that encrypts all traffic between the server and a specific client, such as
    a VPN (Virtual Private Network). For more information on how to set up Virtual
    Private Networks,
    see PCstats' Guide.

    supports creating an SSL certificate within the program for encrypting traffic,
    but only in their commercial versions of the program. The free personal edition
    does not have this feature.

    So to sum up, unless you have
    specifically placed security measures, assume that all FTP traffic is inherently
    insecure. Therefore, don't put data in your FTP site that you would not want
    seen by the general public. Don't be scared away from it though, since the fact
    that anyone can access your FTP site does not affect the security of the rest of
    your system unless you are using your Windows user accounts with IIS.


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I would get an FTP Client Called Core FTP Lite, and it is a very good, feature packed Client.


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