IIS 6.0 F1: FTP Site Properties - FTP Site Tab (Service)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008

Use this tab to set a friendly name for your Web site, configure access to your Web site, set connection limits to your site, and enable logging and configure the logging format for your site.

FTP site identification

In order for browsers to access your FTP content, both an IP address and TCP port number must be defined.


Type a friendly name for your Web site. The friendly name appears in the console tree of IIS Manager. The description of the site is not required.

IP address

Assign an IP address from the list box or type a new IP address to be used for accessing this site. If you do not assign a specific IP address, this site responds to all IP addresses assigned to this computer and not assigned to other sites, which makes this the default Web site. For an IP address to appear in the list, the IP address must have already been defined for use on this computer in Control Panel. See Windows Server 2003 family Help for more information.

TCP port

Type the TCP port on which the FTP service is running. The default port is 21. You can change the port to any unique TCP port number, but if you change the port number, clients must know in advance to request that port number, or their requests fail to connect to your server. A port number is required; this text box cannot be left blank.

FTP site connections

These settings determine the number of simultaneous client connections to your server.


Click to configure this FTP site to handle an unlimited number of concurrent connections. The server accepts connections until it runs out of memory.

Connections limited to

Click to enforce a limit of simultaneous client connections to the server. To maintain good server performance, it is recommended that you set a limit. When the limit is reached, IIS returns an error message to the client stating that the server is busy.

Connection timeout

Type a number in the box to set the length of time in seconds before the server disconnects an inactive user. This ensures that all connections are closed within the specified time period if the FTP protocol fails to close a connection.

Enable logging

Select to enable your FTP site's logging features, which records details about user activity and creates logs in your choice of format.

The information is stored in ASCII files or an ODBC-compliant database. Logging information in IIS goes beyond the scope of the event-logging or performance-monitoring features of Microsoft ® Windows®. The logs can include information such as who has visited your site, what the visitor viewed, and when the information was viewed last. You can use the logs to assess content popularity or identify information bottlenecks.

Active log format

Select one of the following formats for the log files:

  • Microsoft IIS Log Format: A fixed ASCII format.

  • ODBC Logging: A fixed format logged to a database that is compatible with that database.

  • W3C Extended Log File Format: A customizable ASCII format, selected by default. To use Process Accounting, the W3SVC Extended Log File format must be selected.


Click to configure options for log file creation (for example, weekly, or by file size), or to configure properties for W3C Extended logging or ODBC logging.

Current Sessions

Click to display a list of users currently connected to your site, not to your server.

To learn more about setting up an FTP site and logging site activity, see the IIS 6.0 online documentation on the Microsoft Windows Server TechCenter.