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I'm running an FTPS server on Windows Server 2003 (Filezilla Server). I want to map a network drive from my PC to the server, but most of the solutions are shown as SFTP. Those that aren't won't take my self-signed cert.


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Use something other then ftp/sftp? Maybe webdav? – Zoredache Sep 3 '11 at 2:38
@Caveatrob Did you find a useful answer? If so, marking it helps future readers. – Wesley Sep 7 '11 at 17:46
I wasn't able to get anything to work with FTPS on my server (Filezilla), so I stuck with FTP clients. I'll likely try to move to SFTP in the future since solutions seem a little more workable. – Caveatrob Sep 7 '11 at 22:51
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If your client PC is Windows and both the server and client are running NetBEUI, then it's rather simple:

  1. Click the "Map Network Drive" button in Explorer
  2. On the "What network folder would you like to map?" page, click the link that says "Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures."
  3. Select "Choose a custom network location" and in the "Internet or network address:" field type the ftp address. E.g. ftp://winserver/directory.
  4. You can choose to log on anonymously or use a specific username and password.

Now, if you want to map a drive letter to a FTP directory, you'll need a third party tool. One can also perform the same trick using NET USE. You'll need to modify your LMHOSTS file. More information here.

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Tried this with standard network drive mapping within the VPN and it worked, though slowly. – Caveatrob Sep 7 '11 at 22:51

Novell has a now inactive application/driver by the name of Netdrive which will connect to a FTP server and present a drive letter to that connection.

Netdrive itself is a little bit hard to find on the Novell site and its licensing is not necessarily clear these days.

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