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Lesson 5. Using File Services > Using FTP File Service

Using FTP File Service

FTP is a well-known, cross-platform way to transfer files. Mac OS X Server supports this method as a way to transfer files to and from your server. However, keep in mind that FTP is not known for its good security. Because of this, you should only use FTP in situations where it is needed. One such use might be to distribute your product documentation or drivers to everyone on the Internet. Such a situation would not fit well with other file-sharing mechanisms because you wouldn’t know what platforms they are using and wouldn’t want to create accounts for everyone.

Enabling FTP

You configure the FTP service in much the same way as you configure the AFP and SMB services—using Server Admin. The General pane of the Settings pane of Server Admin lets you control the number of users who can connect to the FTP service, the authentication protocol they use for connecting, and whether to let anonymous users connect. Anonymous FTP users are similar to guest-access users under AFP or SMB.


  

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