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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Setting up an FTP server?

Hi all

I want to set up an FTP server so my music partner can send me mixes of songs etc. We arent online at the same time usually so it would be nice to set something up so he can upload mixes to me.

He uses fetch for a client but we dont have any idea how to set up a server.

Anyone have step by step instructions? Using 10.3.8

Thanks!!

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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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All you have to do is make him a user account on your machine.. and turn on FTP in your Sys Prefs. And of course set up your router/firewall to allow connection to your machine on Port 21.

Once it's up and running.. he can log in through FTP and use his Username and Password and drop the mixes in his Dropbox.

Another solution would be Rumpus.. which is a great little FTP app... has a 30 day Demo.

http://www.maxum.com/Rumpus/
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moonsocket - Open System Preferences, go to the Sharing Preference Pane, Check off FTP Access.

Go back to System Preferences and go to the Accounts Preference Pane and create a new account for your friend (that way he can use it to log on).

If necessary on your router forward port 21 requests to your computer (just put in your internal IP eg. 192.168.0.5). Lastly, obtain your IP on the internet (WhatIsMyIP.org works)

Tell your friend your IP, and have them connect with any FTP client.
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Awessome. I knew I'd get the help I needed!!

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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 12:37 PM   #5
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anyone use PureFTPd with PureFTPd manager? i'm trying to set it up now but the documentation is a little thing.

i've got the server portion up and running, but i can't figure out what address to give out.

do i give out my router address and have the router forward the ftp ports to my local machine? (i've already set up the router for port forwarding).
how do i specify the path to the folder they will have access to? what is the syntax?
do i just go /Users/etc or i start with my local machine IP/HD/Users/etc or something else?

i'm a little lost here.

we used to share FTP with one of our vendors but they decided to cancel, that's why i'm looking. is there an online FTP pay by the month service that someone could recommend? any help would be appreciated.

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Why are people still considerring ftp?
Would it not be better to just turn on ssh?

Create an account for your friend and have him use cyberduck or winscp on the client side, depending on his platform.
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i've got the server portion up and running, but i can't figure out what address to give out.

do i give out my router address and have the router forward the ftp ports to my local machine? (i've already set up the router for port forwarding).
Yes, but again. You should use ssh instead. One reason is that FTP is more difficult to pass through a firewall because it negotiates a new port for the client to make another connection to the server for transferring the files. There are lots of other bad things about FTP.
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Well, the quick and easy answer would be to go to

http://www.whatismyip.com/

and send that ip address to whoever you want to connect to your ftp server.

But an easier way is to get a free service to give you a nice name to remember like myftp.superftp.org or something, there are a bunch of free services, best one is here...

http://www.dyndns.org/

Use their dynamic or static dns service to setup an easy to remember name.


I use pureftpd to manage my ftp server so PM me if you have any other questions.


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anyone use PureFTPd with PureFTPd manager? i'm trying to set it up now but the documentation is a little thing.

i've got the server portion up and running, but i can't figure out what address to give out.

do i give out my router address and have the router forward the ftp ports to my local machine? (i've already set up the router for port forwarding).
how do i specify the path to the folder they will have access to? what is the syntax?
do i just go /Users/etc or i start with my local machine IP/HD/Users/etc or something else?

i'm a little lost here.

we used to share FTP with one of our vendors but they decided to cancel, that's why i'm looking. is there an online FTP pay by the month service that someone could recommend? any help would be appreciated.

cheers
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #9
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How does SSH differ from FTP? I don't understand how it could be different. You still have to allow access through different ports don't you?

FTP is standard as well.. how is it not secure? Your server is as secure as you make it.
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Vexel - FTP and Telnet are both very insecure. Your password is passed as straight text meaning if anyone is running a packet sniffer and reads that packet they have your password.

SSH (and subsequently SFTP) encrypt the password and the transmission thus making it more secure. To enable sftp and ssh on your computer, just check off Remote Login in that same Sharing Preference Pane.
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