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Posted on: 02-9-2011 by : John Rey es

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The past couple of articles in our series of FreeNAS Server Build tutorials have covered how to stream your media to other devices. But what if instead of streaming content you wanted to copy the files to a remote location so you can access them at a later time? In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup FreeNAS as an FTP server. FTP is a simple yet robust solution for sharing files across a local network or across the Internet. The great thing about FTP is that it is cross-platform. You can easily download and upload files from your Linux, Mac, or PC. There are many FreeNAS FTP tutorials out there on the Web, but most of the ones we found were very simplistic and allowed anonymous logins. In this scenario, we will cover how to setup local user authentication, something that has caused issues for others in the past. In order to complete this tutorial, you must have completed Part 1 and Part 2 to make sure that the FreeNAS Operating System, discs, and permissions have the basic setup. Just getting started? Go download FreeNAS and catch up! Lets get started then! Select Category
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FreeNAS Tutorial Part 5 FTP Server Setup kobie Grant User Access to FTP Server 1. Login to your FreeNAS web-administration console John, thank you for the very nice series on FreeNAS. I am going to build my NAS next month using an HP...
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2. Hover your mouse cursor over the Access tab 3. Click on the Users and Groups menu item

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Was Drive Extenders removal from WHS 2011 ever THAT big of a deal? 4. Click on the wrench icon next to the user you would like to give FTP access to Tom Abell 40p Thanks for the comments Jay! We definitely think alike. I think that MS's next iteration of WHS...
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5. Under the Additional group section, click on the ftp group menu item a. Note: clicking on a group in this menu will unselect any previous groups that may have been selected. To avoid this, hold the CTRL key on a PC keyboard or the Command key on an Apple Mac keyboard

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6. Click on the Save button 7. On the Access | Users page, click on the Apply changes button

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8. Hover your mouse cursor over the Services tab 9. Click on the FTP menu item

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10. Click on the Enable checkbox to select this item 11. In the Local users only section, click on the Only allow authenticated users checkbox 12. In the Default root section, check the chroot() everyone checkbox

13. Scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on the Save and Restart Button

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C O NNE C T ING T O Y O UR NE W F T P S E R V E R
You can use your favorite FTP client, file browser window, or even a command-line or shell to connect to your new server. Listed below are a few examples 1. Open a Windows Explorer window 2. In the address bar, type in ftp:// then the IP address of your server Ex: ftp://10.0.8.165

3. When prompted, type in your user name and password 4. Click on the Log On button 5. You should now see your FTP share

6. As previously mentioned, you can also access your FTP server from the command prompt

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7. Run cmd.exe 8. When you see the shell, type ftp and the ip address of your server a. Ex: ftp 10.0.8.165 9. When prompted type your username and hit the Enter key 10. When prompted type your password and hit the Enter key 11. You should now be logged into your FTP server from the command prompt!

That was pretty easy right? Well you may not know it, but there are many forum posts on other sites from individuals expressing their frustration setting up FTP within their FreeNAS server. If you run into problems yourself, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions by using the Comments feature below. John If you like this article or our website, please Share it with your friends! Bookmark & Share

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John, a seasoned IT professional working in the field since the Dot-Com Era, currently works as a system engineer for a large health care organization. In addition to his full time job, John also specializes in small business consulting, data recovery, forensics and freelance writing. He is also very active in the opensource community. When hes not in front of a computer, youll usually find him mountain biking on a hill somewhere. View all posts by John Reyes

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Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Tom Abell 40p 54 weeks ago +1

Great Job on this series John! I'm telling you everyone, if you want to know something about FreeNAS or any number of other platforms, John is a great resource!
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HHoltman 32 weeks ago Thank you for the complete series on FreeNAS!
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douglasawh 0p 31 weeks ago

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on beta 3 of 8.0.1 you need to do some filesystem permission changing to get this to work if you have multiple users. In the short term I added the other admins to the "me" group so when I upload stuff they can move it if necessary.
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Matt 22 weeks ago

Thanks for the guide. I am having real trouble with this, I am a complete noob to FreeNas and not very experienced with routers. I have setup a port forward for 21 (FTP Port) and setup FreeNas 8 as you have described here, but some where along the line I can't get it to work. I have used "Open Port Check Tool" and it is showing that port 21 is still closed. I have tried FileZilla and used the wizard and that comes up saying unexpected reply. Any help would be great, I don't need FTP but it would be useful and it is a little project for me, but it is turning into a head ache and a big one at that.
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Wesley Ballard 2 weeks ago

i know that this is an old post but i wanted to post incase someone else has a similar problem. One thing to remember is that if you have a router hooked to your modem and then your server is hooked into the router then you will need to forward the port from the modem to the ip address of the internet port on your router and then you will need to forward the port from the router to the ip address of the server. Hope that helps someone. Its prolly pretty basic but when i setup my first home server it took me a little while to figure this out.
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Tom Abell 40p 2 weeks ago

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Thanks for the input Wesley!


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John Reyes 21 weeks ago

Hey There Matt. I haven't setup FTP on FreeNAS 8 yet. It is slated for an upcoming article, but let me try to help you any way. Are you trying to access your FreeNAS server outside of your local area network? Are you accessing it from the Net? If so, you may need to setup a NAT rule on your router to point to your server. Let's try this. Try accessing your server via FTP when both your client and server are on the same network. Did it work? If so, that means your FreeNAS FTP server is setup correctly. If not, can you please try your 'Open Port Check Tool' to see if the port is opening. You can also type the following command into a command prompt or shell and see if you get a response: "telnet 192.168.0.xxx:21"
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Andy 10 weeks ago

I am trying to find out how to give ftp users access to multiple mounts. It looks like it will only add the one. Is there a trick to figuring this out? Any help would be great
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kobie 4 days ago

John, thank you for the very nice series on FreeNAS. I am going to build my NAS next month using an HP microserver and FreeNAS. You answered my one question about DLNA support ;) Now i wanted to ask if you can please do a tutorial on automatically downloading torrents using your FreeNAS box - like some commercial NAS boxes do (i think Dlink Blackarmor..) Many thanks kobie
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