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Serv-U File Server overview

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Updated May 1st, 2017

Serv-U File Server is a multi-protocol file server capable of sending and receiving files from other networked computers through various means. Administrators create accounts for users that allow access to specific files and folders on the server's hard drive or any other available network resource. These access permissions define where and how the users can access the available resources. Serv-U's multi-protocol support means that users can employ whatever access method is available to them when connecting to your server. In addition, Serv-U supports both IPv4 and IPv6 for next-generation networks. Serv-U File Server supports the following protocols:

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol)
  • FTPS (FTP over SSL)
  • HTTPS (HTTP over SSL)*
  • SFTP using SSH2 (File Transfer over Secure Shell)*

In addition to Serv-U's support for a large collection of the most popular FTP clients, you can use your favorite web browser or SSH client to connect and transfer files to and from Serv-U. Server administrators looking to provide a full-featured FTP client to users who may not have an FTP client license of their own can even license FTP Voyager JV. FTP Voyager JV is a Java-enabled FTP client delivered to the user after logging in to their Serv-U account.

The following graphic shows a high level overview of a Serv-U deployment.


Using the Serv-U File Server, you can perform the following actions:

  • Access files from anywhere.
  • Share files with friends, family, and clients.
  • Provide employees in the field with a central location to send and receive data files.
  • Use full group support that streamlines user creation and maintenance.
  • View images in thumbnails and slide shows, generated on-the-fly to minimize bandwidth usage.
  • Administer the server through a custom-built web interface.
  • Chat with FTP clients and view session logs in real time.
  • Customize FTP command responses.
  • Create custom limits and rules at a granular level to control resource usage on the server.
  • Connect securely using SSL/TLS or SSH2.
  • Use third party digital certificates to guarantee the identity of the server to clients.
  • Host multiple domains on the same IP address and port.
  • Use multiple sources of authentication on the same domain (local user database, NT/SAM, ODBC).
  • Automatically build the tables necessary for ODBC authentication.

You can test Serv-U MFT Server in a non-production environment for a limited period of time. After the evaluation period expires, a commercial license or maintenance renewal provides you with free software updates and technical support through email, phone, or both, depending on your edition, for the duration of the associated maintenance plan.

* - Requires Serv-U MFT Server

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