Filezilla Server Local Network

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In order for FileZilla Server’s FTP users to be able to access files on a NAS device, a few changes are needed.

Update user that FileZilla Server runs as
First the user account that the FileZilla Server service runs as needs to be updated. By default it uses the local system account which does not exist on the NAS. Unless the NAS and server are part of an Active Directory setup, the only user that exists on the NAS is “administrator”. Create this same Administrator user in Windows on your server then follow these steps:


1. Open services (Start -> Run -> Services.msc)
2. Right click the “FileZilla Server FTP server” service and choose Properties
3. On the “Log On” tab check “This account” -> Browse -> Advanced -> Find Now -> Select “Administrator” -> OK -> OK
4. Enter the password for this user -> Confirm it -> Click OK

Set up a Server Connection Start FileZilla. Click the the FileZilla icon on your desktop or in your Windows Start menu. From the File menu, select Site Manager. Do the following: In the Host box, enter the address of the server you're connecting to. Click the arrow in the Server Type box, and then.

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Setup FTP user and manually edit home directory
Next create a FTP user in FileZilla with access to a directory local to that server. Do not try to point it to a mapped drive for the NAS. Then manually set the home directory to the UNC path:

1. Stop the FileZilla Server service
2. Open “FileZilla Server.xml” in a text editor like Notepad
-Usually located here:
C:Program FilesFileZilla Server
3. Scroll down to the username or search for it
4. Locate the “Permission Dir” field
5. Replace the local folder path with the appropriate UNC path. For instance:
6. Start the FileZilla Server service

  • So I have set up FileZilla Server. However, when I try to connect with these credentials: Server: User Name: admin Password: mypass port: 14147. It fails to connect. I have aslo tried connecting using passive mode. Have I set this up wrong? Note: I set up users by going to: Edit, then Users, then adding a user.
  • To access your FTP Server from your local (internal) network, by using your Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.): 1. Open your Internet browser and in the address bar, type the FTP Server's Hostname (or it's IP Address) and the FTP port number (if you have changed the default '21' port for FTP connections) and press Enter.

Note: You will also need a FTP client which supports UNC paths. Most clients do at this point but the more basic ones won’t. FileZilla Client version 3 or newer should work fine.

FileZilla is a real nice FTP utility that competes well with WS_FTP, CuteFTP and other popular tools. The best part about FileZilla is that it is a free download from Source Forge.

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The only issue I have with FileZilla is that the user interface is designed more for seasoned professionals and tends to stump users who are not familiar with FTP utilities. In this tutorial lesson we will show you how to set default directories in order to make your file transfer connections simpler and more efficient.


Setting Default Directories for Downloading

When you set default directories, every time you make a connection using an FTP utility you are assured that both the local (your PC) and the remote (the server) directories will be set to the root directories or wherever you want to start. This avoids the annoying task of having to navigate to the correct directories every time you want to transfer files.

To set default directories:

  1. Open FireZilla.
  2. Select the Site Manager button on the left side of the toolbar.
  3. Single click to select (do not start the connection) an FTP site you already have set up from the Site Manager menu.
  4. Click the Advanced button near the bottom.

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Filezilla Server Local Network
  1. When the Advanced screen opens, use the button with the three dots to navigate to the local directory on your PC where your web site files are located. Select that directory. The path will display in the Default local directory box. Your path will look different from mine. The working copies of my sites are all on an in-house development server that is designated as Z on my network. The working copy of your site most likely will have a local path on your C drive.
  2. You may or may not need to manually fill in a directory in the Default remote directory box. If you are already connected to the root directory when you make the FTP connection to your web site, you do not need to fill in this box. If however, you are in connected in a directory that is above the root directory, you may have to fill in the server name for the root directory. On most servers running apache, this will be public_html or html. If you see either of these directory names in Remote Site box in FireZilla’s main screen, you are probably not in the root directory, so you will have to enter the name of the root directory. The information you received from your hosting company when you set up the account should explain this.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Save and Exit.

Filezilla Server Local Network Setup

When you start the next connection FileZilla should use the default directories that you designated. That means you will no longer have to navigate through your hard drive to find the files you wish to transfer.