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Build your own server

Sometimes you need to have at our disposal, sufficient disk space!

That way we are able to share files, images, videos with friends.  The problem is that we cannot always email them or use a peer-to-peer, because we do not necessarily want to share files with the peeping toms of the planet.  The solution is to create an FTP (File Transfer Protocol, optimised for file transfers) using the space of our hard drive and bandwidth of our Internet connection.  This tutorial to build your own server is easily adaptable to any FTP server because it is open source and free.  The implementation and configuration of the server takes about 5-10 minutes.

Start with the installation of the servers.  First download the latest version of a server (Google it if you are at a loss, try “download server” for a sexy list of servers).  Start the installation and select the standard installation in the default directory.  Normally the program installs the FTP server (by default) as a service to be started automatically every time you start Windows.  If you use your FTP server episodically, then choose the second option, “Install as service – started manually”. You will then be able to start the server manually, via a shortcut in the start menu.  Complete the installation.

Launch and configuration of the build your own server comes next.  Before you click on OK, you must first start the server (Start> Programs> XXX Server> Start XXX Server).  The presentation is simple but effective: the two icons that we are particularly interested in are user manager and configure server.  Don’t touch the options yet, and use the default settings (port 21 standard).  This leaves us to create user accounts to connect to the server.  Click the “User Accounts”. On the General tab, add a user and assign a password.  Then, go to the “Shared Folders tab”.  You need to choose the directory on your hard drive to which our users can access when connecting.  Once you set the working directory then, assign the following rights: read and write files, and index creation directories.  These rights allow our user to upload and download files but it may not remove anything for security reasons.

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