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One of the key parts of using a server for hosting or storage is quickly and easily transferring your data between the server and your local computer. The best way to accomplish this is using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). This guide will show you how to configure FTP for Windows servers in 2008, 2012, and 2016. The steps to accomplish this are primarily the same for all versions.
First, as FTP in Windows is set up as a Role Service of IIS, we need to ensure that IIS (Internet Information Services) is correctly installed on the server. While IIS is used as the main web server in Windows, you don't need to create or host a website once you've installed it, and it is required for configuring FTP through windows.
To install IIS as the first step of this process, we'll need to pull up Windows Server Manager. Click on the Windows Button and type Server Manager in the search field, then click on that to open it up. When it's opened, proceed to the Dashboard and run Manage > Add Roles and Features. This will open a wizard to complete the installation.
For this tutorial, we're going to set up a standalone FTP server simply to upload and download files.
You've now completed setting up FTP through IIS in the Windows server. When you log in using your local FTP client, you will use the IP address as the hostname, Administrator as the user, and the current Administrator password.
As always, if you have any issues completing this or need further assistance, please contact our 24/7 Live Chat for help.
Written by Hostwinds Team / April 19, 2018