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Chapter 5.8. Internet Information Server > Administering FTP Services

Administering FTP Services

The File Transfer Protocol is one of the oldest Internet protocols—it existed long before http. Users will connect to your FTP server using an FTP client application. Unlike the Web browser market, in which Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator fight for presentation standards, there are many popular FTP client applications. This is because FTP does not require any user interface; it simply allows you to transfer files to and from an FTP server. The Windows 2000 operating system comes with two FTP clients. You have the option of the FTP console application (which you will make use of for this section) or the FTP client that's built into Internet Explorer 5.0.

Despite its age, FTP is still the most popular way to upload files from one place to another over the Internet. Take a look at the default FTP site's properties.


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