Verified and Tested 02/25/2015

Introduction

We will show you how to install FTP on a Windows Server 2008 R2.

Prerequisites

Installing FTP on Windows Server 2008 R2

Open Server Manager by going to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Server Manager.

Navigate to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Server Manager.

Server Manager

In Server Manager, select Roles and then click on Add Role Services.

Select Roles and then click on Add Role Services.

Server Manager: Roles

 

In Select Role Services, scroll down and check the box next to FTP Server. Once done, click Next.

Check the box next to FTP Server.

Role Services

Review what is being installed. Once ready, click Install.

Confirm Installation

Confirm Installation

You should then see a progress bar. Once complete, click Close.

Installation Results

Installation Results

 

 

 

Now FTP is installed. You can not yet connect to your Web Site via FTP. Next, you will need to Add a FTP Publishing to your site.

Open IIS, expand your computer, expand Sites, right click on your Web Site and then click on Add FTP Publishing…

Right click on your Web Site and then click on Add FTP Publishing

IIS Manager: Add FTP Publishing

 

Once the Add FTP Site Wizard comes up:

  • Choose an IP address for your FTP site from the IP address drop-down, or choose to accept the default selection of “All Unassigned.”
  • Normally, you would enter the TCP/IP port for the FTP site in the port box. For this how-to, choose to accept the default port of 21.
  • For this how-to, we will not use a host name, so make sure that the Virtual Host box is blank.
  • Make sure that the Certificates drop-down is set to “Not Selected” and that the Allow SSL option is selected.
  • When you have completed these items, click Next.
Fill out the appropriate fields and select Next

Binding and SSL Setting

On the Authentication and Authorization Information page:

  • Select Basic for the Authentication settings.
  • For the Authorization settings:
    • Choose “Specified users” from the Allow access to drop-down
    • Type “Administrator” for the user name.
    • Select Read and Write for the Permissions option.
  • When you have completed these items, click Finish.
Determine what users you'd like to have FTP access along with permissions and select Finish

Authentication and Authorization

Last thing to make sure is if your Windows Firewall has a rule set for FTP default port 21.

Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by going to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Start: Windows Firewall and Advanced Security

Once opened, click on Inbound Rules and then click on New Rule under the Actions Pane.

Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and select add new rule

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

The New Inbound Rule Wizard will pop up. You will select Port and click Next.

New Inbound Rule Wizard will pop up. You will select Port and click Next.

Rule Type

Since this is for the default port 21 for FTP, we will use the TCP protocol and 21 for the Specific local ports.  Once done, click Next.

Use the TCP protocol and 21 for the Specific local ports

Protocol and Ports

In the Action page, we will select to Allow the connection and click Next.

Allow the connection

Action

 

The next page is the Profile page, which we will check all the boxes and then click Next.

Profile page: Check all the boxes and then click Next.

Profile

On the last page, you will need to select a name for the new rule. Here, we will name it “FTP” and then click Finish.

Name your FTP Connection

Name

 

Now the firewall rule has been added for the default port 21. We can now test FTP connection to the Web Site. In this how-to, I will use FileZilla to show connection but there are many FTP clients out there to use.

With FileZilla, we will need to fill in the Host/IP Address, Username, Password and Port # to connect. Earlier, I set up FTP to use a specific user (administrator) and also used the default FTP port 21. Once you hit Connect, you will be connected to your Web Site via FTP!

 

Test your Connection with filezilla.

Test Connection