The main features of NetWare FTP Server software include the following:
Security extensions enable secure FTP clients that support SSL and TLS mechanism to establish secure connections with NetWare FTP server.
See Security Extensions.
Multiple instances of NetWare FTP Server software
Multiple instances of NetWare FTP Server software can be loaded on the same NetWare server, providing different FTP services to different sets of users.
FTP access restrictions
FTP access can be restricted at various levels through various types of access rights.
An intruder host or user who tries to log in using an invalid password can be detected and restricted.
Remote server access
FTP users can navigate and access files from other NetWare eDirectory servers in the same eDirectory tree whether or not the remote servers are running NetWare FTP Server software.
Anonymous user access
An Anonymous user account can be set up to provide users with basic access to public files. Creating several anonymous user accounts with separate rights and contexts is now supported.
Special SITE commands
These NetWare commands can be used to change or view some of the NetWare server-specific parameters.
See SITE Commands.
When the FTP client is behind a firewall and the NetWare FTP Server cannot connect to the FTP client, NetWare FTP Server software supports passive mode data transfer and the configuration of a range of passive data ports.
See Table 2-1.
Active Sessions display
You can view details of all the active FTP instances at a particular time, such as a list of all instances, details of each instance, all sessions in an instance, and all details of each session.
Name space support
NetWare FTP Server software can operate in both DOS and long name spaces. The FTP user can dynamically change the default name space by using one of the SITE commands.
See SITE Commands.
Simple Network Management Protocol error reporting service
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps are issued when an FTP login request comes from an intruder host or from a node address restricted through Novell eDirectory. The traps can be viewed on the management console.
The FTP service maintains a log of various activities: FTP sessions, unsuccessful login attempts, active sessions details, and system error and NetWare FTP Server-related messages.
Welcome banner and message file support
NetWare FTP Server displays a welcome banner when an FTP client establishes a connection, and also displays a message file when a user changes the directory in which the file exists.
See Table 2-1.
The NetWare FTP Server is MP enabled.
You can configure the NetWare FTP Server by using the iManager management utility. Through iManager, you can now run multiple instances of FTP on a server when separate IP addresses or ports are available.
The NetWare FTP Server can be cluster-enabled for high availability and load balancing.
FTP Server is now capable of establishing secure connections with secure FTP clients. After successful negotiation of the SSL/TLS mechanism, all the commands and replies are encrypted
For details, see Security Extensions.
The NetWare FTP Server has better performance compared to the previous release.
You can increase performance by using the following configurable parameters, which are included in the etc\ftpserv.cfg configuration file.
The DATA_BUFF_SIZE parameter enhances the data transfer performance.
The DEFAULT_FTP_CONTEXT parameter specifies the default context in which the users are searched.
The KEEPALIVE_TIME parameter specifies the timeout time (in minutes) to close a connection that might be broken on one side.
The PSEUDO_PERMISSIONS parameter which includes PSEUDO_FILE_PERMISSIONS and PSEUDO_DIR_PERMISSIONS, specifies whether the FTP server should send UNIX-type permissions or trustee rights for display in the FTP client.
The SECURE_CONNECTIONS_ONLY parameter lets you specify only secure FTP connections.
By default, the changes made to the FTP Server configuration and restrictions file now take effect dynamically. If required, you can disable the dynamic configuration.
For more details, see Dynamic Configuration Updates.
When specifying a configuration file different from the default configuration file located at sys:etc\ftpserv.cfg, you can now specify the complete path of the file.
The error handling is improved when compared to the previous release.
Invalid configuration parameter values are updated appropriately when dynamic updates are enabled, and new configuration information and error messages are logged into the log files.
Creating several anonymous user accounts with separate rights and contexts is now supported.
For more details, see Creating an Anonymous User.
NetWare FTP Server is highly scalable. It has been tested with 300 clients simultaneously for basic file transfer operations.
NetWare FTP Server can now be used by UNIX clients.
Ftpstat has been moved to a secure connection.
Viewing FTP statistics over plain HTTP port 2500 is no longer available. Instead, statistics can be accessed via the Monitor Active Sessions link in FTP administration through iManager.