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.
And that's about it for the moment. In this article, I introduced you to the proFTPD server, explaining its important features and guiding you through the process of compiling and installing it on your Linux box. With the server installed, I then showed you how to configure it to support file transfers by both system users and anonymous users. In addition to a detailed explanation of the basic configuration file options, I also explained some of the security issues related to file transfer and filesystem access by remote users, and showed you the proFTPD configuration directives to minimize the security risks associated with opening up your system in this manner.
With your server now operational, I then moved on to a discussion of some of proFTPD's other features, showing you how to configure the server to support FTP service on multiple network interfaces and ports, log all transfers and commands, control the display of messages, set limits for client connection and timeout values, and create rules to allow or deny access to the server.
However, everything I've discussed in this article is only the tip of the iceberg - proFTPD comes with many more configuration directives, which allow you extensive, fine-grained control over the way the server operates. If you're planning on deploying proFTPD on your network, and you're serious about doing a good job, you should also take a look at the following links: