FTP Connection Manager

An FTP connection manager enables a package to connect to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. The FTP task that SQL Server Integration Services includes uses this connection manager.

When you add an FTP connection manager to a package, Integration Services creates a connection manager that can be resolved as an FTP connection at run time, sets the connection manager properties, and adds the connection manager to the Connections collection on the package.

The ConnectionManagerType property of the connection manager is set to FTP.

You can configure the FTP connection manager in the following ways:

  • Specify a server name and server port.

  • Specify anonymous access, or provide a user name and a password for basic authentication.


    The FTP connection manager supports only anonymous authentication and basic authentication. It does not support Windows Authentication.

  • Set the time-out, number of retries, and the amount of data to copy at a time.

  • Indicate whether the FTP connection manager uses passive or active mode.

Depending on the configuration of the FTP site to which the FTP connection manager connects, you may need to change the following default values of the connection manager:

  • The server port is set to 21. You should specify the port that the FTP site listens to.

  • The user name is set to "anonymous". You should provide the credentials that the FTP site requires.

Choosing Active Mode or Passive Mode

An FTP connection manager can send and receive files using either active mode or passive mode. In active mode, the server initiates the data connection, and in passive mode, the client initiates the data connection.

Configuring the FTP Connection Manager

You can set properties through SSIS Designer or programmatically.

For more information about the properties that you can set in SSIS Designer, see FTP Connection Manager Editor.

For information about configuring a connection manager programmatically, see ConnectionManager and Adding Connections Programmatically.

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