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Configuring file transfers to or from an FTP server

Learn how to configure a connection for fetching or delivering files to an FTP server.

First create an FTP server connection: Go to the Servers tab in the Connect configuration and click on the Plus icon to set up a new FTP server connection. You will be asked to specify a few general settings for the server before you can define the folders that you want to use for file transfers.

Name: Type in a short, descriptive name for the server

Description: If you would like to add a longer server description, this can be done here.

Protocol: Click on the Drop-down list to expand it and choose between one of the three available FTP protocols: FTP, FTPS or SFTP.

A note about FTPS: Connect will not validate FTPS server certificates; it will accept all certificates.

Host name: Type in the name to the host server here. It could typically be ftp.domain.com or simply an ip address. If the ftp server is outside a corporate firewall you need to make sure the required ports have been opened for incoming and/or outgoing FTP traffic.

Max connections: Set the maximum number of connections that the server will allow.

Authentication: Type in the username and password required to log on to the ftp server. (If anonymous access is allowed it is often sufficient to specify Anonymousas the username and an email address as the password.)

Port number: The default port number will vary depending on your choice of FTP protocol.

Security: If you have chosen FTPS as your connection type, you can choose between Implicit and Explicit security. Implicit means that the FTP server expects a TLS/SSL ClientHello message, otherwise it will drop the connection. With Explicit, Connect will explicitly request a secure connection. Talk to your FTP server's administrator if you are unsure about this setting.

Use passive FTP: If the FTP server is configured to use passive FTP, select this option.

Test Connection: Having configured all of the above settings, clicking on this button will attempt to connect to the ftp server and validate the username and password.

What's next?

Next, you'll want to define the source and destination folders on the FTP server. Once that's done you can configure routing and create a channel that combines source and destination folders.

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