Need to set up an FTP server on your network to simplify file transfer between users or hosts? Look no further than the robust, secure and very free proFTPD server, which has everything you need to get up and running in a jiffy. This article covers installing and configuring proFTPD for both regular and anonymous FTP, and also explains how to customize the operation of the server for different requirements.
If you've been using the Internet for any length of time, you already know about FTP, the File Transfer Protocol. Built on the TCP/IP protocol and having a pedigree dating back to the early days of the Internet, FTP has long been one of the most reliable ways of transferring files from one host to another on the Internet - even today, many years after the Internet went mainstream, it's still in use, by multinational corporations and home users alike, as a means of secure and robust file distribution.
Now, setting up an FTP server to make files available over a network isn't very difficult at all - in fact, it's pretty simple, so long as you keep a few basic rules in mind. Over the course of this article, I'm going to show you what I mean by taking you through the process of installing and configuring an FTP server for your internal (or external) network. Regardless of whether you're looking to simplify file sharing between users on your LAN, distribute software to Webheads across the globe, or just tinker around with a new piece of code, you're bound to find something interesting in here.