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I am looking into secure file transfer programs. My company is looking to phase out ftp for sharing files with outside vendors. I need a solution that allows creation of ad-hoc users on the fly. It would be helpful if the solution was Active Directory friendly. Any recommendations?

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How about SFTP?

If you look at THIS wiki link it lists a number of servers that support both SFTP and AD - including the excellent CrushFTP and zFTP.

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don't forget the free FreeFTPd - – dyasny May 11 '11 at 16:37
I think you mean FTPS. – HTTP500 May 11 '11 at 17:07
@Jason He cites servers that support both SFTP (SSH+FTP) and FTPS (FTP+TLS/SSL), why would you suppose he meant FTPS instead of what he said? – Kromey May 11 '11 at 17:19
@Kromney, maybe I didn't read the article closely enough but the title is: "Comparison of FTP server software" – HTTP500 May 11 '11 at 18:23

You can do FTPS (FTP with SSL) to get the security. Why not just add security to the existing solution rather than change the solution? Wouldn't your outside vendors prefer that approach?


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How about webdav? You can set IIS to use integrated auth and assign permissions to a domain local group. You can also secure it via SSL.

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