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Using my administrator account, I FTP connected to my IIS 7.5 FTP Site with FileZilla. I was able to successfully upload a file, but I keep getting a "Failed to retrieve directory listing" in response.

In passive mode, the command, response and error are:

Command:    LIST
Response:   150 Opening BINARY mode data connection.
Response:   550 The network connection was aborted by the local system. 
Error:  Failed to retrieve directory listing

In active mode, the command, response and error are:

Command:    PORT 192,168,1,129,102,151
Response:   501 Server cannot accept argument.
Error:  Failed to retrieve directory listing

What have I done wrong?

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Sounds like Firewall configuration issue. Please have a look at this article (if you have not done it already): http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/309/configuring-ftp-firewall-settings/

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I had same problem, but I've got a solution.

Check your location path ftp directory and add user everyone with full access for this folder.

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I had the same error on Windows 2008 Server and had to allow everything (Passive ports) on both my firewall and on Windows Firewall (Public Profile) and had to upgrade from IIS 6.0 FTP to IIS 7.5 FTP.

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That's a very drastic firewall solution to a specific problem. –  itsbruce Oct 18 '12 at 7:54
I do not mean all ports, but all FTP passive ports –  Alexandre Marcondes Oct 18 '12 at 14:35

Here is a solution from Microsoft.


Installing the FTP Extensibility feature and enabling listing under Directory browsing, solved my issue.

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