Guide – How To Start – Filezilla FTP Server for Windows Server 2019 on Amazon

Filezilla FTP Server allows you to upload and download files, transferring them between the server and your computer or connecting multiple computers across the Internet in a simple way.

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The guide how to work with the Filezilla FTP Server for Windows 2019

Start up Filezilla Server Instance

Start up the Filezilla Server Instance application, with the shortcut on your desktop. In the pop up window click Connect as displayed below (the password field is empty):

Passive Mode Settings

When the connection has been established, it’s possible that some errors may occur, that is okay ‘cause some more steps should be done. From the options select

> Edit > Settings > Passive Mode Settings

Set Public IP Address

To allow the third-party clients to connect – ensure that your VM has the correct public IP Address (in our case it is 40.114.31.95).

Whenever you have associated the public IP address with the NIC on your VM, attach the IP Address to the Passive Mode Settings, as displayed below (highlighted in green), and also the Passive Port Range:

Set up Local Users

To set up local users and give them access to the directories locally on your server you need to select Edit > Users

This is how new users can be joined and their passwords created.

After that, provide the users with the access to the necessary local folders.

There is the pre-configured folder on the VM, located on the C:\ftpRoot Directory which can be used. Also you can set up any amount of folders that you need as well. Moreover, you can set up the groups with the permissions according to their status.

The next step is to assign these users to the needed FTP directories. Go to Shared Folder in the Users Menu and attach the local folders and designate the needed permissions:

Now it’s high time to test if you can connect using the FTP Client. If it’s impossible to connect, try the next options to adjust any NSG / Firewall rules.

NSG Rules / Firewall Rules Adjustments

In case you have NSG’s or Firewall appliances in AWS you’ll have to open access to the next ports:

  • Port: 21 (Used for FTP)
  • Port: 990 (Used for FTPS)
  • Port: 14147 (Used for FTP Server Administration)
  • Passive Port Range: 50000 – 51000 (Used when transferring data)

Client FTP Software

Users can use any FTP Client to allow clients to connect. One of the best solutions is to choose FileZilla’s FTP Client.

To connect to FileZilla’s FTP Client you should enter the IP of your VM in the <Host> field and the username and the password to the corresponding fields as well.

After starting the connection, a window with a certificate will appear, in it you must select the <Always trust certificate> item and click <OK>

After that, you will be connected to the FTP server.

Disclaimer

This FTP Server solution was built with the help of the altered version of the FileZilla Server Opensource Software. This solution is allowed under the GPLv2 Licence. The original trademarks are owned by the relevant companies. Therefore, no warranty is included with this software.

Use it at your own risk, and if there any damages appear resulting from the use of this software, they will be entirely on your responsibility.

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