How to Set Up an FTP Site on SBS

By Chad Anderson

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the standard for unsecured data transfer over the Internet. While Microsoft's Small Business Server (SBS) does come with an FTP service, the application to run the service is not installed by default on most SBS versions. You can add and configure an FTP service for your SBS in moments using your SBS installation medium. An FTP server will need port 21 forwarded if you want the service to be accessible from the public Internet.

Step 1

Insert your SBS installation medium. Click the "Start" menu, then the "Control Panel" button. Double-click the "Add or Remove Programs" shortcut, then click "Add or Remove Windows Components." Click "Internet Information Services" under the "Components" section, then click the "Details" button.

Step 2

Click to check the "FTP Service" box, then click the "OK" button to launch the install wizard. Click "Next" to install the FTP service from the SBS installation medium, then click "Finish" when everything is complete.

Step 3

Launch "IIS Manager" from your "Programs" menu. Click the "FTP Sites" folder, then right-click the "Default FTP Folder" and click the "Properties" option in the context menu. Change the directory or transfer any files you want hosted on your FTP server into this directory.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can double-check that your FTP server is running by click "Start," "Run," typing "services.msc" into the text-entry field, and pressing the "Enter" key. This brings up a list of your server's currently running services.
  • FTP sites, particularly anonymous FTP sites, can be easily exploited by attackers. You can use "Active Directory" to create an FTP Group to force access restrictions on your FTP server.