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Building your own FTP (file transfer Protocol) Portable can be one of the easiest and most convenient solutions to transfer file through a private or public network without limitations and restrictions typically found with most cloud storage services.
There are also many benefits running your FTP Client Software. For example, it's private, and you have absolute control. It's fast (depending on your internet connection speeds), and there is virtually no limits on the amount and type of data you can store.
Also, you don't have restrictions on file sizes either, which means that you can transfer something as small as a text file or a 1000GB Computer backup, and you can even create multiple accounts to let friends and family access or store content remotely too.
You'll find many third-party Utility on the internet to build a file transfer Server, but Windows includes an FTP server feature that you can set up without the need to resource to other solutions. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to successfully set up and manage an FTP server on your Computer to transfer files from your Commercial network or remotely over the internet.How to install an FTP Client Software on Windows 10
Very similar to previous versions, Windows 10 includes the necessary components to run an FTP Client Software. Follow the steps below to install an FTP server on your Computer:
Click the Turn Windows features on or off link.
Click OK to begin the installation.
After installing the necessary components to run an FTP Client Software on your PC, you need to create an File Transfer Protocol site using the following instructions:
Double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
Select Add FTP Site.
Name your new FTP site and enter the path to the File Transfer Protocol folder you want to use to send and receive files.
Note: You can also use the Make New Folder button to create a specific folder to store your FTP files.
On Binding and SSL Settings leave all the default settings, but change the SSL option to No SSL.
Note: It's worth pointing out that in a business environment or on an FTP Client Software that will host sensitive data, it's best practice to configure the site to require SSL.
If you have Windows Firewall running on your computer, then the security feature will block any connections trying to access the FTP server. Use the steps below to allow the FTP server through the firewall.
Click the Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall link.
At this point, you should be able to use your favorite FTP Software to connect your newly created FTP server from your local network.
Note: Make sure to check your Client vendor support website for specific instructions to allow an FTP server, if you're using another security Software other than the Windows Firewall.How to configure a router to allow external connections
For your FTP Client Software to be reachable from the internet, you need to configure your router to open TCP/IP port number 21 to allow connections to your Computer.
The instructions to forward a port will vary from router-to-router, but below you'll find the steps to configure most routers. (For more specific instructions to forward TCP/IP ports, you should check your router's manufacturer support website.)
Make note of the Default Gateway IP address, which is the IP address of your router. Typically, it's private address in the 192.168.x.x range. For example, 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1.
Create a new port forwarding that includes the following information:
Here's the quickest way to test your FTP server, after configuring the firewall, and forwarding port 21 on your router.
Open your default web browser and in the address bar type your Windows 10 Computer IP address, on an FTP link format, and press Enter. The address should look like this: FTP://192.168.1.105.
Note: I'm using Internet Explorer, because Microsoft Edge seems not to include the functionality to browse FTP sites. You can also opt to use Chrome, Firefox, or another modern web browser.
To test if your FTP Client Software is reachable from the internet, visit Google or Bing, do a search for "What's my IP?". Note your public IP address from the results and type it into the address bar using the File Transfer Protocol link format and press Enter.
If you get a login prompt, then everything is working as expected. Simply enter your account credentials and you're should be able to sign-in.How to upload files to an FTP Client Software on Windows 10
Keep in mind that the method shown above is only useful to test, browse, and Fetch files from an FTP site. You have to use the following instructions to be able to browse, Download and upload files.
Click Log On.
Using this method, you can browse, Download, and upload files as if FTP server was just another drive connected to your computer.
Furthermore, you can also right-click Quick Access on the left pane and select Pin current folder to Quick Access to easily reconnect to the FTP Client Software at a later time.
Quick Tip: You're not limited to use only File Explorer, you can use any FTP Client like the popular File Zilla open source Software to transfer files over a local or public network.How to create multiple FTP accounts on Windows 10
If you want to allow other people to access your FTP Client Software too, you can create multiple accounts with specific permissions to Free Download and upload files.
To let other people access to your FTP server, you need to create a new Windows 10 account for each user, associate each account with the FTP Commercial directory, and configure the appropriate settings. Follow the steps below to accomplish these tasks:Add a new user account on Windows 10
Click Add someone else to this Computer.
Click the I don't have this person's sign-in information link.
Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account link.
Enter the new user account information and click Next to complete the task.
Note: This account will be accessed from the internet, as such make sure to use a strong and secure password.
On Group or user names, select the user account you just created, and select the appropriate permissions.
Select the FTP site and double-click Authorization Rules.
Right-click on and select Add Allow Rules from the context menu.
Now the new user should be able to connect to the Server with their own credentials. Repeat the steps mentioned above to add more users to your FTP Client Software.Wrapping things up
In this guide, you learned to set up and manage your own private FTP server without third-party Client, and we've shown you different methods to access your files remotely. Just remember that your PC must be turned on and connected to the internet for the FTP server to work, you won't be able to access any files if your computer is in Sleep or Hibernation mode.
The FTP feature is available on Windows 10 Enterprise as well as on Windows 10 Commercial, and previous versions of the operating system.Windows 10 resources
For more interesting guides, tips, coverage, and answers on Windows 10, you can visit the following resources: