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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Hi there

Problem : Trying to setup ftp site but receive the following error message "No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it. Connection closed.".

Background :
ADSL Router (LAN +Firewall etc..) - NetGear DG835 - 192.168.0.1
Access Point - NetGear WG602 v2 - 192.168.0.227
Primary Domain Controller (PDC) - Win 2003 Server - Active Directory - 192.168.0.2
Webserver - Win 2003 Server - 192.168.0.3

Steps
1.Setup ftp on webserver
2.Opened port 21 for both PDC + Webserver machines, using firewall rules.
3.Activated DMZ for Webserver ONLY
4.Split ftp site by user !

Tests
1.Tested it by internal IP Address (from PDC + Webserver) - ok
2.Installed smartftp (home) - using ISP ip address - above message - fail
3.Installed smartftp (office) - using ISP ip address - above message - fail

Plus
1.Using latest firmware - v1.05 for router.

What am I missing ? Thanks in advance.

Regards

ImraneA
7 REPLIES
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

it could be that the router its self runs an FTP that only accepts connections from within the LAN, and is running on port 21. Try running the FTP on a different port, say 443 and see what happens then. Also what FTPd are you running, are you sure its enabled and accepting logins. Personaly I recomend GuildFTPd:

www.guildftpd.com

its free and easy to set up yet very powerfull and stable.


Buzzons
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Hi there

Been sidetracked...

1.Router - can handle ftp NetGear DG834.
2.Smartftp - Yes, using username + pwd.

Checked ports using site called www.grc.com. Port 20 & 21 closed. While I have opened ports using firewall rules within router.

Could ISP be blocking the ports ?

Regards
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

The ports don't just need to be opened using the firewall - they have to be forwarded to a computer within your LAN. This means that any requests for the FTP are forwarded to your computer.

PlusNet only block ports 135, 139 and 445 to prevent the spread of worm/virus infections.
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Look in your router settings for NAT // PAT // Port Forwarding and set it so that ports 20 , 21 and your passive range (usualy set in the FTP deamon) are forwarded to your LAN ip address.

Buz
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Hi buzzons

Done that - no change....
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Are you getting any errors?
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Setting Up FTP site on Windows 2003 Server

Figured out the problem - router was goosed. Required setting back to factory settings.