Setting Up A Windows SFTP Server

March 12th, 2010 by Nick Cruise

A Windows-based business development system should function a lot more effectively if it were to have a Windows SFTP server (also known as Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol) installed. In particular, a secure FTP server is a convenient program to have because it lets you login to other computers via a network connection and execute commands on a remote machine, which should translate to a more efficient work development system because you can continue your work so long as you have a computer and an SSH program on hand.

What’s more, a Windows SSH server is a huge improvement from the traditional FTP application because the SSH component ensures that your whole login session (which includes password transmission) is encrypted and safe from the malicious clutches of cyber criminals. At any rate, this tutorial should help you transform your Windows platform into a reliable file transfer server.

Installing Sysax Multi Server on Windows
SSH is usually preinstalled in most Unix-based systems like OS X and Linux. In contrast, a Windows system needs to first download several additional programs in order to make SSH a viable option for Windows-based use. Fortunately, the Sysax Multi Server on Windows offers a handy Windows installer that will install and setup an SSH server into your system without manually searching for plugins, patches, and a variety of individual files on the Internet.

The Sysax Multi Server is a multipurpose application that lets system administrators validate and confirm users by creating custom accounts or by using existing Windows user accounts or by doing a combination of both methods. Once you have this SFTP server suite installed, streamlining your work development system is a relative snap. Moreover, its web-browser-based interface is a particularly welcome feature that lets you monitor server status instantly without any problem whatsoever.

Configuring Sysax Multi Server on Windows
Locally or remotely configuring your Sysax Multi Server is a breeze because you can use a web browser to do both. You just need to keep in mind that local administration requires HTTP, while remote administration requires HTTPS. As per usual, validating your access to the browser-based configuration interface requires the specification of a username and password.

As for the server startup configuration, you need to open the Sysax Multi Server administration application and pick the two options on the automatic startup screen. You can either start the server manually from the administrator panel or automatically after booting Windows. Choose the startup method you want and click “Save” to finish the entire procedure.

Connecting to your SFTP Server
In order to connect to your new SFTP server, getting an FTP client is in order. FileZilla and WinSCP are highly recommended programs to use alongside Sysax Multi Server because they’re shareware and they support both SFTP and FTP clients. If you want to check to see if your server is running properly, make a new connection in your designated client and specify or local host as the server name, 22 as the port, and SFTP as the server type. From there, connect to your server.

You should see a directory listing where you directed the home folder to if the entire operation executed with nary a hitch. If you encountered an error or if the procedure didn’t work, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem. Firstly, ensure that your Windows firewall is configured to enable traffic over port 22. Secondly, examine your password file to guarantee that the account you have is found there.

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