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Can reach an FTP server by using the path \\ftp.servername.com\ in the Windows 7 search box accessed via the Start Menu?

The FTP-server is running Filezilla FTP Server on a Windows 2008 server.

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You can't. UNC paths are for SMB/CIFS. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 18 '12 at 0:15
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The path \\ftp.servername.com\ is a UNC path which is used for communicating with SMB and/or CIFS. As such, it's impossible to access a server running FTP with a client using a completely unrelated protocol (unless you want to go to the trouble of stringing up some kind of crazy proxy hand-off system - and you don't).

Windows 7 has the built-in ability to access an FTP server. Go to your start menu and type in the FQDN of the FTP server including protocol. For example:

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You will be presented with a dialog box to log into the server with a username and password.

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Type ftp://ftp.servername.com and hit "enter".

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hmm, the ftp- folder doesn´t pop up using win7 built in browsing of ftp. Using filezilla, it works like a charm.. hmmm?? –  Anon Mar 18 '12 at 1:06
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