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Limits and Settings in Serv-U

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Created by Craig O’ Neill, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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This is a guide to how Serv-U Limits and Settings work.


Serv-U 12 and Later


Serv-U offers advanced options which can be used to customize how it may be used as well as ways to apply limits and custom settings to Users, Groups, Domains, and the Server in its entirety.


The limits stack intelligently, with User settings overriding Group settings, Group settings overriding Domain settings, and Domain settings overriding Server settings.

In addition, limits can be applied only during certain days of the week or times of the day. It is possible to grant exceptions to administrators and restrict specific Users more than others, providing total control over the Server.


The Limits and Settings in Serv-U are split into five categories:

  • Connection
  • Password
  • Directory Listing
  • Data Transfer
  • Advanced.

Note: Inheritance in Serv-U Limits and Settings is similar to inheritance of Group Policies in the Windows Active Directory model.

To apply a limit, select the appropriate category, click on the Add button, select the limit, then select or enter the value. For example, to disable the Lock users in home directory option for a Domain, follow these steps:

  1. Select Domain Limits & Settings link from the Serv-U Management Console.
  2. Select Directory Listing from the Limit Type drop-down box.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select Lock users in home directory from the Limit drop-down box.
  5. Uncheck the option.
  6. Click Save.

Lock User In Home Directory

Because of inheritance rules, this option applies to all users in the domain unless overridden at the Group or User level. For more information on this method of inheritance, see User Interface Conventions section of the Help documentation.

Limits can be deleted by selecting them and clicking the Delete button. To edit an overridden value, select the limit and click the Edit button. Default rules cannot be edited or deleted.Create a new limit to override a default one.

To create a limit that is restricted to a specific time of day or days of the week, click the Advanced button from the New / Edit Limit dialog. The additional options allow you to Apply limit only at this time of day at which point a start and stop time for the new limit can be entered. To restrict the limit to certain days of the week, uncheck the boxes next to the days you don't want the limit applied. When a limit is restricted in this way, default values (or the value of other limit overrides) are applied when the time of day or day of the week restrictions are not met for this limit.

Note: A full list of Limits and Settings available in Serv-U is available in the Serv-U Help Files.



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