File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the most commonly used mechanisms for transferring Web content from a machine where it's developed (for example, a SharePoint Designer client machine) to a location on the Web server. In a common scenario, an administrator might create an FTP site whose content location is the same as a normal HTTP site. An author would then publish the content by using FTP as a communication mechanism between the client software (such as SharePoint Designer) and the Web server (such as IIS). Although using the FTP approach might have some security issues, it's a very simple and standard way to move content to the Web server.
You have to install the FTP service by using the Add/Remove Programs function prior to creating FTP Web sites in IIS. To set up an FTP site in IIS, follow these steps:
Open the IIS Manager by choosing Start Administrative Tools. If you have the FTP service installed, an FTP Sites folder appears in the left pane in the Microsoft Management Console.
Right-click on the FTP Sites folder and then choose New FTP Site from the popup menu. The FTP Site Creation Wizard, as shown in Figure 2.11, opens.
Click Next and then type the description for your ...