I am trying to set up FTP on my Windows Server 2008 machine and have a question. In Role Services, instead of "FTP Server" I have "FTP Publishing Service". What is the difference between the two and how can I install FTP Server on my machine?


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    Stop. It's 2012. Don't use FTP. – MDMarra Feb 13 '12 at 21:21
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    @MDMarra: While I could in principle agree, there can be lots of perfectly valid reasons to need a FTP server. Or even worse protocols. Just think about what the infinitely more awful TFTP means for Cisco devices... – Massimo Feb 13 '12 at 21:27
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    I'm in yer networx, reading yer passwordz. And TFTP's generally read-only, not read-write. – Magellan Feb 13 '12 at 22:27
  • @AdrianK, I'd downvote your comment because your spelling was too accurate, detracting from the humor :P – Bigbio2002 Feb 13 '12 at 23:19
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    Touche! Outed by my Catholic secondary education. What a sorry life I lead. – Magellan Feb 13 '12 at 23:28

That is the FTP server service for Windows Server 2008. Install that role service to begin setting up your server as an FTP server.


"FTP Publishing Service" is simply the new name of the service in Windows Server 2008; it's exactly the same thing.

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