SFTP, FTPS or webservice over SSL for file transfer on windows server 2008?


  • Hi,

    We need to transfer CSV files from pc`s to our windows 2008 server. What options do you suggets? Most important that it is perfectly secured (highly confidential data) I figured I could use the following options:

    SFTP -> Not available wihtin IIS, but there are open source SFTP (Open SSH)

    FTPS -> Available with IIS

    Webservice -> Not dived into this yet, but can imagine some https://webservice where the can add data as param. But I don`t know if that is really secure?

    I would likt to get some hints or experencies from you. Just curious if anyone else has experiencie with Open SSH on windows server, or what option you would suggest as most secure.


    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:16 PM


  • Hi,

    The secured version of FTP is called FTPS. Security in FTP is provided by employing SSL/TLS protocol for channel encryption as defined in RFC 2228.

    SFTP is actually based on the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol which is best known for its use in providing secure access to shell accounts on remote servers.

    You could refer to the article below to compare SFTP and FTPS:

    FTPS (FTP over SSL) vs. SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol): what to choose

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Microsoft doesn't have SFTP, but IIS7 supports FTPS. You could get more information from IIS forums:



    Mandy Ye

    Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:44 PM