Windows NT FTP Server


A common use of FTP is to allow public access via anonymous
log on. When configuring FTP server, the admin assigns the server a
user account for anonymous log ons and a default home directory. The default
anonymous user account for FTP is GUEST. This should be changed to a different
user account and should have a password. Also, this account should not be member
of any privileged groups so that the only default group that shows up in the
security token during log on is Everyone. The account should not be allowed
“Logon on Locally” user right to restrict “insider attacks”. The home directory
parameter should be configured carefully. FTP server exports entire disk
partitions
. The admin can only configure which partitions are accessible via
FTP but not which directories on that partition. Therefore, a user coming via
FTP can move to directories “above” the home directory. Therefore, in general it
is recommended that if FTP service needs to run on a system, it is best to
assign a complete disk partition as the FTP store, and to make only that
partition accessible via FTP.

FTP clients other than IE may have problems with Microsoft FTP servers. The
default for the world is to use unix-naming conventions in ftp directories.
Microsoft uses DOS naming conventions by default for FTP server. To force
Microsoft to be compatible with the rest of the world, apply the following
windows nt registry hack:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: SOFTWARE\CurrentControlSet\Services\ftpsvc\Parameters
Name:
MsdosDirOutput
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0 use unix directory conventions
Value:
1 use DOS directory conventions

Such registry hacks are presented for problem-solving purposes. You should
use a registry hack when indirect hacks fail. The MSDOS versus Unix style
directory style is a check box option available when you view the Properties of
the FTP server.

FTP tips:

FTP Server background info
Set NT’s FTP admin account
Set NT’s FTP admin email address
Set NT’s FTP default domain
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