Is There Hope That Configuring Two Separate FTP Servers on Windows Server 2016 Will Ever Become Simple and Straightforward? RRS feed

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  • I need to configure two separate FTP servers on Windows Server 2016.  They will have separate logon usernames and passwords.  They shall accept files into distinct dedicated directories and serve files from same.  The user interface for IIS, which is the host environment for configuring FTP, was "improved" with a collection of buttons arcanely labeled with icons.  I found a video on YouTube that more or less demonstrates how to configure one FTP service.  It is very involved.  But it does separate the vital buttons from the negligible ones.  I boiled the video's contents down to 30 ordered  English steps.  Even that, which is easier to follow than the video, is incomplete.  I managed to configure two servers and they ended up with conflicting port numbers 21 and no suggestion as to how to disambiguate them.  I tried 100 for the second server but IIS refused to acknowledge attempts to connect.  The 21 port server functions as before.   There could be a corporate attempt to publish a wizard that would eliminate the complications to provide a quick and easy path to the most common desired outcomes.  There is little hope executives will muster the desire the invest the necessary resources.  You authorize AND authenticate.  The distinction in the normal use of those terms is not intuitively obvious.   You create a directory.  You create a user account without prompting by the end user interface.  Point and click is wonderful when the user interactions are patently obvious and limited in scope.   The IIS end user interface is much like a trip through Alice in Wonderland.  Wholly inadequate.  You can accomplish your mission with sufficient patience and time to spare.  It is a simple matter of poke and hope.


    Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:57 AM

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  • You'll find the IIS/FTP experts in dedicated forums over here.




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    Sunday, March 22, 2020 12:37 PM
  • I need to configure two separate FTP servers on Windows Server 2016. 

    Do you have a question that we can help you with on the configuration or did you just want to vent?

    For the port conflict, you should add a second IP address to the server and configure each FTP site bindings to listen on a specific address. Don't use "all unassigned".  



    Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:15 PM
  • Hi ,

    Since your query is more related with IIS/FTP, which our forum doesn't focus on. I would suggest you have this asked in IIS forum for better answers.


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    Monday, March 23, 2020 9:20 AM