Configuring User Connection Attributes and Directory Access in TurboFTP Server

In this article we illustrate by examples how to manipulate user connection attributes with user class and manage directory access in a domain's Virtual File System. Finally we demonstrate how to remotely connect and manage the TurboFTP Server.


Configuring User Connection Attributes

Example 1. Create user class and configure its connection attributes.

We have created a domain 'test', under which we have created user 'tester' and user class 'webftp'.

General Configurations of User Class

To add user 'tester' into user class 'webftp', simply drag and drop 'tester' into the 'webftp' node. Once a user becomes a member of a user class, all attributes of the user class apply to this user except some user specific attributes like login credentials, home folder, etc. For example, the following user attributes under the General tab are configurable for a user class:

- Disable account
- Connection types

Configuring IP Access of a User Class

To employ IP access rules on a user class, enable the IP access restriction first. We then add IP rules in one the supported format. 'Allow' rules are indicated by a '+' sign and 'Deny' rules by a '-' sign.

Configure Quotas of a User Class

The Disk Quota controls the maximum disk space that can be used by the user class. The transfer speed can be throttled for upload and download. An administrator might also want to enforce limits on the total bandwidth consumed by the users on a daily, monthly basis, the options of Total Bandwidth Limit come in handy.

User Class Advanced Options

Some of the features here require support at the server side:

XCRC, MDTM (setting file time), SITE PSWD.

For example, the FTP server must support SITE PSWD command to allow user to change its login password from an FTP client. The server must support MODE Z feature to allow the on-the-fly data compression feature to be turned on. It is worth noting that many server products understand the basic form of MDTM command, which is used to retrieve remote file time stamp (a 'get' operation), but not all servers understand it when it is intended to change the time of files on server( a 'set' operation).


Configuring Directory Access

EXAMPLE 2: We create user group 'webftpusers', add user 'tester' to this group, and set up the directory access for it.

On the Service Directory tree, click on user 'tester', go to the General tab, and click on the 'Add' button.

The 'Add Group Membership' dialog comes out and we select the user group 'webftpusers' and then click OK.

Now user group 'webftpusers' appears in the 'Member of' list.

Setting up Directory Access

Click on the 'Directory Access' node under domain 'test' and select the folder you are interested in in right panel.

Click on 'New Rule' and select 'webftpusers' from the popped up dialog. Check 'Grant all permissions' if you want to grant full control. Click on OK.

Please note, If you see all permissions grayed out when you click on a user or user group, it means this permission rule is inherited from the current folder's parent.


TurboFTP Server Remote Administration

TurboFTP Server can be managed either locally or remotely (in a local network or over the Internet).

EXAMPLE 3: Set up and test remote administration

We connect TSRMC with local TurboFTP Server service (on Computer A, with IP 192.168.1.197), and go to Server -> Remote Admin, and enable remote administration.

Open TSRMC on another computer (B) where you want to remotely manage TurboFTP Server on Computer A. Add a server and enter IP 192.168.1.197 and name it '192.168.1.197' too, select 'Remote' under 'Server Type', as shown below. Keep the default server port.

Click OK to close the dialog. Then double click on the new server '192.168.1.197', enter administrator credentials and click 'Connect'.

If connection to the remote TurboFTP Server establishes successfully, the server will populate with all the domain, user information, as shown below.