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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.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It allows you to upload, download, and edit files on a server. While Plesk has a very useful File Manager interface, often the easiest way to upload or download large numbers of files is to use FTP. There are 2 main parts. There are many FTP clients available for all of the major operating systems. There are standalone FTP clients, such as FileZilla, and most web browsers have integrated FTP functionality. Generally, if you have a large amount of files to upload or download, using a dedicated FTP client is the easiest and preferred method. Start the FileZilla program if it isn’t already running. Click Edit, Settings in the menu bar. The “FileZilla Options” window will appear. Select Connections, then FTP on the left hand side.


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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:

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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

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

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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.