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I've got a somewhat weird problem which I'm not sure how to troubleshoot. We have a FTP running on a Windows Server 2003 machine using the IIS FTP Service, this is for our clients and is configured with IP-restrictions. However, now ONE of the clients starts complaining that they can't log in to the server from time to time. This is just ONE of 10+ clients that have this issue, which makes me think it's a problem on their side.

Just to be on the safe side I had a peek into the FTP logs and found something strange. Whenever succeed in loggin in this is what I can find in the logs:

nnn.nnn.nnn.70, userxxx, 2012-06-11, 09:22:32, MSFTPSVC1, SERVERNAME, nnn.nn.nn.11, 0, 0, 0, 331, 0, [191747]USER, userxxx, -,

nnn.nnn.nnn.70, userxxx, 2012-06-11, 09:22:32, MSFTPSVC1, SERVERNAME, nnn.nn.nn.11, 0, 0, 0, 230, 0, [191747]PASS, -, -,

However, if the login fails I see the following events:

nnn.nnn.nnn.70, userxxx, 2012-06-11, 09:16:33, MSFTPSVC1, SERVERNAME, nnn.nn.nn.11, 0, 0, 0, 331, 0, [191739]USER, userxxx, -,

nnn.nnn.nnn.70, -, 2012-06-11, 09:16:33, MSFTPSVC1, SERVERNAME, nnn.nn.nn.11, 0, 0, 0, 530, 1326, [191739]PASS, -, -,

When you look at the event where the clients sends the PASS in the successful login it seems to know that it is infact "userxxx" that is coupled to that PASS, but when it fails it seems to be lost since user in the PASS event is set to "-".

Anyone have any ideas around this, any help would be appreciated. :)

//JaggenSWE

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Could be a faulty FTP Client? Tell the customer to use FileZilla, and send you the log, maybe that helps? –  MichelZ Jun 11 '12 at 9:23
    
Thanks MichelZ, I'll do that. :) –  JaggenSWE Jun 11 '12 at 9:40

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Well, after a whole day of trying to solve this issue I finally found out what it was. They had two servers that mirrored each other and sent files to us, both were mirrored in every aspect except for one, on one machine they had managed to put a whitespace in the middle of the password (I did specifically ask them to double check their credentials but obviously they didn't care). Hence, all files sent from server 1 was successful and all files sent from server 2 failed.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who looked at this and gave it some thought. :)

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