Something for all your file transfer needs – Filezilla

As mentioned here Winscp is a vital tool for file transfer to your ESX server. What about the other options for getting data to and from your Windows servers. The Filezilla project (comes as a server and a windows client option) come into their own when you want a free and easy to use option for file transferring. Download the tools from here and in this case install the server component on a Windows PC or server – XP/2003/Vista and you will soon have a great tool for internal or external file transfers (if you have a NAT router to open port 21 to the machine for).

I have found it an invaluable tool for the storage of data – for backups from ESX servers – using the PHD EsXpress package and for storing Malware removal tools and Antivirus installation sources when you are prevented from access sites on the web. You can always use the ftp command line option to get the files transmitted to your location.

Once installed – ensure that you have strong passwords on all accounts and disable the anonymous user if you do not want unauthorised access.

The functionality of the server is really quite high for such a useable piece of FREE software

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

Easy to use
Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
IPv6 support
Available in many languages
Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
Drag & drop support
Configurable transfer speed limits
Filename filters
Directory comparison
Network configuration wizard
Remote file editing
HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
Logging to file
Synchronized directory browsing
Remote file search