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Basically all I need is to set up my old rig (windows 2000) as a file server in which I can access files from outside my house (like work for instance) but not sure where to start. A couple years ago I used apache for a short time, is that an ok file server program? I have windows server 2003 but...I really dont think its necessary.
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Apache is an http server, you would be much better off with an sftp server. You want the penguin my friend. A GNU/Linux server. My server is currently running Debian 4.0r3 "etch".
First you'll need to install the OS and get it up and running. After you have the OS installed and the computer functional, you will need to setup SSH and SFTP. After that, the host machine needs to have an internal IP assigned (e.g. 192.168.1.15). Port 22 will need to be forwarded in your router to this address. After that, it is just a matter of "SSH-ing" into the host, browsing files, and retrieving them. All in all, about and hour of installation/setup, plus an hour or two of testing and troubleshooting.
I've set up 3 SFTP servers and an HTTP server in the past month, and it gets easier every time; feel free to PM me with any questions.
Edited by TheFlyingWallaby - 5/31/08 at 5:54pm
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Hmmm...ok, i'll give it a try.

Also, just so I know. Would I be able to link pics and files on say...forums and emails and the like and have people able to follow those links to get them? Thats kind of what I'm looking for.
Edited by Malisk - 5/31/08 at 7:15pm
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For Windows there is Filezilla. I wouldn't really link it. If you want to do something like that, you could try Orb 2.0.

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FileZilla server only supports FTP, not SFTP. Do not use FTP over the internet, only use SFTP. FTP is fine for local file sharing, but it also transmits sensitive information (user-names, passwords, etc.) in cleartext for anyone to intercept.
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FileZilla server only supports FTP, not SFTP. Do not use FTP over the internet, only use SFTP. FTP is fine for local file sharing, but it also transmits sensitive information (user-names, passwords, etc.) in cleartext for anyone to intercept.
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FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.
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The client supports SFTP, the server host does not. The client is a wonderful graphical SFTP interface, I use it often, however a client is not a server, and Malisk wants a server.

Malisk, if you want a free alternative to Windows Server 2003, CygWin is a SSH system for Win32. It will give you nearly complete SSH functionality with a very UNIX like interface, while still running on Windows 2000. That way you get the look, feel, and security of bash over SSH, without having to install a new operating system.

I will deal with a possible counter-argument now before it occurs.
The FileZilla wiki page (found here) claims that FileZilla provides
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The average user may understandably assume that means SFTP. That is not the case. FileZilla Server supports FTP over SSL (FTPS) which is different from FTP over SSH2 (SFTP).
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I ended up going with SSHWindows (which I think is pretty much the same as what you linked but maybe a little more simple). However, not sure how I'm supposed to be able to link anything. I think what I needed was a http server, not an sftp server. I want to be able to download files from a browser from a client machine outside of the local network...So I guess I'll be looking into Apache.
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post #9 of 9
the guys here are kings on over complicating random simple tasks, just get filezilla ftp and your good to go, no need for sftp , sftp is secure file transfer, unless your paranoid you dont need it, the link you gave is openssh, its a secure command line equivalent to telnet basically, you dont need it, dont over complicate this simple task......you can access ftp from the browser as well, i would recommend something lighter then apache, like lighttpd
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