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Sun, Jan 23, 2005 6:16 pm

Setting up a Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server (SBS) as an FTP Server

To set up a Windows Small Business Server 2003 server as a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, take the following steps:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Click on Add/Remove Windows Components.
  5. Click on Application Server to highlight it then click on Details.
  6. Click on Internet Information Services (IIS) to highlight it then click on Details.
  7. Click on File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service, so that it has a checkmark next to it.
  8. Click on OK.

You can configure the FTP service by taking the followng steps:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on Admimistrative Tools.
  4. Click on Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  5. Click on the plus sign to the left of the server name to expand the list of services under it.
  6. Click on the plus sign to the left of FTP Sites to expand the list.
  7. Right-click on Default FTP Site and select Properties.
By default anonymous FTP connections are allowed. If you wish to disallow anonymous FTP connections, click on the Security Accounts tab and uncheck Allow anonymous connections. If you wish to permit only anonymous connections, checck the Allow only anonymous connections check box under this tab.

To change the directory FTP users are connected to when they logon, click on the Home Directory tab under Default FTP Site Properties. Change the Local path to whatever directory you wish to be the default directory when users login. You can control the type of access allowed through Windows Explorer by right-clicking on a folder name in the Explorer then selecting Properties and clicking on the Security tab.

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Sun, Jan 23, 2005 12:07 am

Internet Information Servier (IIS) Won't Permit File Download

I placed the Bazooka Spyware Scanner executable file, bazookasetup.exe, in a downloads directory on my website along with the latest spyware database for the program, bazooka_db.bdb. I was able to download both files from my webserver running Apache, but I was not able to download the .bdb file from a webserver running Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS). When I tried clicking on the link to download it, I would get an error page that included the information below:

The page cannot be found

The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.
HTTP Error 404 - File or directory not found.
Internet Information Services (IIS)

I renamed the file to have different extensions, such as .bak, .txt, and .rtf and saw that IIS would recognize the file was there and allow me to download it if it had an extension for a file type the system recognized, such as .txt or .rtf, but not one it didn't recognize, such as .bak or .bdb. To allow the download of this file from IIS, I took the following steps:

  1. Clicked on Start
  2. Clicked on All Programs
  3. Selected Administrative Tools
  4. Selected Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  5. Right-clicked on Default Web Site and selected Properties
  6. I then clicked on the HTTP Headers tab
  7. Clicked on the MIME Types button
  8. Clicked on New
  9. Put bdb in the Extension field and application/x-msdownload in the MIME type field
  10. Clicked on OK twice
  11. When I clicked on OK at the Default Web Site Properties window, another window appeared titled Inheritance Overrides, which stated the following:

    The following child nodes also define the value of the "UNCPassword" property, which overrides the values you have just set. Please select from the list below those nodes which should use the new value.
  12. I didn't select any, just clicked on OK. I don't know why the change I made should have an effect on "UNCPassword".
I was then able to get a download window when I clicked on the bazooka_db.bdb file, though.

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