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Microsoft KB Archive/170868

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How to Create a Per User FTP Directory Structure

Article ID: 170868

Article Last Modified on 6/23/2005


  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 2.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0

This article was previously published under Q170868

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You can allow validated FTP users to logon to their own directories without having to change directories.


When you use FTP under Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0 with Internet Information Server (IIS), and when you access the FTP site, you go to the default FTP directory.

To go to a personal directory upon login without having to change directories, a virtual directory alias named with your FTP account name has to be established.

  1. Run Internet Service Manager.
  2. Select the FTP service.
  3. Select Properties from the menu bar. Then select Service Properties... to see the FTP Service Properties for (selected computer) dialog box.

NOTE: On the Service tab, make sure the Allow Only Anonymous Connections check box is clear (not selected).

  1. By default, the user account must have Log On Locally rights.
  2. You must have permission to see both the FTP root directory, and the directory you want them to FTP to.
  3. Select the Directories tab. Click Add.
  4. Click Browse..., and select the directory on the hard drive you would like the user to have access to.
  5. Select the Virtual Directory radial button.
  6. In the Alias: edit box, type the name of the user. This is the same name the user will use to log onto the FTP server.

For example: Username: GEORGE Alias: GEORGE

  1. Check the appropriate access rights check boxes: "READ" "WRITE".

NOTE: To allow the user to upload files to this directory, the user must have "WRITE" rights.

  1. Click OK.
  2. In the FTP Service Properties for (selected computer) dialog box, click Apply. Click OK.

The user upon logging onto the FTP server with his or her account should now be placed in the virtual directory you created.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

201771 How To Set Up an FTP Site So That Users Log Onto Their Folders

Keywords: kbprb kbusage KB170868