Once in Filezilla, you will need to set it up with users who will be accessing files. Within filezilla, click Edit-Users 1. Select Shared Folders 2. Setup users who will be accessing the FTP server, I recommend giving each user a password to limit access to the server from unwanted persons. You do this by going to (ADD) under the users section. Windows 'System' account can't access network shared drive, So i had to run filezilla server service under network user and then it worked.
Filezilla Server is a free and open source software that allows you to create your own FTP server in a few simple steps. It can be said that it is the server counterpart of the well known FTP client application Filezilla.
Filezilla Server supports both FTP and FTPS (SSL/TLS), can be installed on any Windows system, and provides a file upload and download service, using any FTP client or backup software.
See also:How to make an incremental FTP backup (upload) with Iperius
In this short tutorial, we will show how easy it is to install and configure our FTP server with Filezilla.
- How to Setup FileZilla Server on Windows 10/Windows Server. FileZilla Server is really easy to install and configure. It provides a fully functional and easy-to-use FTP server for Windows operating system. The first thing we need to do is download FileZilla server for Windows 10. In your browser, go to Click.
- 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.
First of all, let’s download the setup from the official website: https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=server
Start the setup and proceed with the following steps:
Select the components to be installed as shown in the image above.
Proceed to the next step, where you can find the following important configuration:
We recommend leaving the default settings for starting the service. FileZilla server will be installed as a Windows service and will then start in the background each time the machine is started. This option is obviously necessary when you’re installing FileZilla on server systems. As for the port for the FTP server administration panel, you can use the default number or specify a different one for security reasons. You can use any port number that is not already in use, for example 8387 (note: this is not the FTP port, but the port for FTP server administration).
Leave the option checked to start the server after the installation completes.
In the next screen, set up to start the FTP server management interface manually (otherwise it will start at each user logon). Leave the option checked to start the management interface as soon as the installation is complete.
Click now on the “Install” button to complete the installation. Once the installation is complete, the management interface will be immediately opened, as you can see in the image below:
The FTP server service at this point will have already been started, so through this interface you can connect to it to configure the server parameters. Since this is the local machine, you can leave “localhost” and specify the port (here you can see the default one, otherwise you have to specify the one you chose during installation). You can leave the password empty, because by default it is not set, and click on “Connect”.
So let’s move on to the basic configuration of the FTP server, which will allow you to immediately perform an upload test of some files.
Click on the button to open the general preferences, then set the FTP connection port. The default one is 21.
If you want to use this FTP server to offer a public service, you may need to block some unwanted IP addresses, or to restrict the connection only to certain IP addresses. Let’s see this setting in the image below:
If you do not want to allow incoming connections on all ports or if your FTP server is behind a NAT router (so to allow connections from outside your network), you need to tell FileZilla Server to use a specific range of ports for passive-mode connections. These ports must then be opened on the firewall. If you have a NAT router, you need to forward these ports to the local machine where FileZilla Server is installed. Depending on the router model, you can forward a range of ports or you must forward all ports individually.
Valid ports can be between 1 and 65535, but ports below 1024 are reserved for other protocols. It is better to choose ports >= 50000 for FTP in passive mode. Due to the nature of TCP (the underlying transport protocol), a port can not be reused immediately after each connection. So the range of ports should not be too small or the transfers of multiple small files can fail. In most cases, a series of 50 ports should be sufficient. Let’s see the simple configuration in the following image:
If you do not want to allow connections to your FTP server from the Internet, and therefore for use it in the local network only, you can ignore these passive mode settings.
In the options related to the administration panel, you can set some important configurations, including the connection port, a password, and a possible restriction only to certain IP addresses:
Another interesting possibility is the bandwidth limitation (Speed Limits), ie the maximum speed allowed for upload and download. This can be very useful if you host the FTP server in your network and do not want any large file transfers to saturate the entire internet band.
Finally, there are also the FTP over TLS options, which are the security options to enable FTPS connections. In order to do this, we clearly need to purchase a certificate (you can do that at GeoTrust, DigiCert, GlobalSign, Symantec, Thawte, etc.). As you can see in the image below, if you want to enable this option, you need to specify the certificate file and password:
You can find useful guides for this configuration also at the companies from which you can buy the certificate, like this: https://www.digicert.com/ssl-certificate-installation-filezilla.htm
We have therefore concluded our overview of the main Filezilla Server settings. Now we can proceed to another important configuration, namely the creation of a user account for the connection and the folder where the files will be saved on the server.
Open the user management as shown in the image below:
Click on “Add” and specify a username. You can create groups before and assign each user to a specific group. In this case we do not specify any groups.
As soon as the account is created, you need to set its FTP password:
Then click on the item “Shared folders”, to set in which folder the FTP server must save the files sent by this user:
The selected folder will be the home directory of the user’s FTP space. In the image below you can see how it is therefore necessary to set all the permissions, to allow the user to manage in the most complete way the files in his space. Writing permission is obviously essential to allow uploading:
Click on “OK” to save the user and his configuration.
Now one last major configuration remains to be made in the system to allow connections to this server, ie we need to open the FTP port on the Windows firewall (or on other firewalls if necessary). Here we have chosen the default port, 21, but it can obviously be any other port.
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At this point you can already connect to the FTP server, using the IP address of the machine where you installed Filezilla Server and the credentials of the user account you created. Recall that if you are in a local network it is not necessary to use the passive mode. To connect you can use any FTP client like Filezilla, WinSCP, Cyberduck, etc., or use the FTP client integrated in Iperius Backup.
An FTP server inside you network, on a dedicated machine, can be used to perform network backups safely, quickly and protected from ransomware viruses. In fact, you can have a better security level than simple shared folders, better manage the data transfer bandwidth, allow access only to specific IP addresses and better manage user permissions. For FTP backup you can certainly use Iperius Backup, as shown in this tutorial.
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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.
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.
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To set default directories:
- Open FireZilla.
- Select the Site Manager button on the left side of the toolbar.
- Single click to select (do not start the connection) an FTP site you already have set up from the Site Manager menu.
- Click the Advanced button near the bottom.
Filezilla Server Network Share
- 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.
- 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.
- Click OK.
- Click Save and Exit.
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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.