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11.10. Hide some FTP folders but still have them available

Any folder under the FTP site's root folder is visible to remote users who connect to the site. While you can prevent access to folders or files by applying NTFS object permissions to them, there might be occasions when you want to hide the folders altogether. For example, you might want to ensure privacy for one or more remote users' folders or simply to hide certain content from the general public.

Whatever the reason, it's easy to hide an FTP folder. Just create a virtual directory. The directory functions as a part of the FTP folder structure, behaving like it exists as a child of the root FTP folder. However, the physical directory pointed to by the virtual directory alias can be on a different volume or even on a different computer across the network. Users who know the directory exists can change to that directory using the cd command in an FTP console session or include the folder in the URL when connecting via a browser. The virtual directory can still be protected by NTFS permissions for additional security if it resides on an NTFS volume.


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