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Below is a list of HOWTO articles that have been written over the years to help customers in getting up and running with BulletProof FTP Server.
Note: Some of the screen-shots show older versions of the software. The UI hasn’t changed much between different versions, but you might find some of the buttons labeled differently than what appears.
Download, Install and Adding First User
HOWTO: Downloading BPFTP Server 2010
HOWTO: Installing BPFTP Server 2010
HOWTO: Adding a User
Opening Your Firewall
It’s VERY common that people think only one-port is needed for ftp (default: tcp/ip 21). However, this is not true.
FTP requires at least two ports, one for the control-port (used to login and issue commands, default tcp/ip 21) and a data-port (default tcp/ip 30000 to 30100). One data-port is needed for every concurrent data-connection, for this reason we suggest using a range of 100 ports which will handle most needs.
HOWTO: Windows Firewall and BPFTP Server 2011
HOWTO: Windows Firewall
HOWTO: Setting up NAT/Passive/Firewall Support
HOWTO: Enter Your Subscription-Code
HOWTO: Purchase an Upgrade to your License
HOWTO: Remove Your License-Code
FAQ: Can I Upgrade and retain all my Users, Groups and Settings?
FAQ: Where does BPFTP Server store the Users, Groups and Settings?
HOWTO: Overridding the Storage-Path for Settings, Users and Groups
Windows System Service
HOWTO: Windows System-Service
This HOWTO video shows the process of executing the “reload” command at the command line to reload changes made to the USERS file.
1) BPS currently running as a SERVICE
2) Logging into BPS using “ftp.exe”
3) While the ftp-client is still connected
4) Change the “bpftpserver-users.ini” and edit the password
5) Issue the “bpftpserver -reload” command
6) BPS launches another instance to instruct the current instance to reload the configuration
7) The original ftp-client is still connected
8) Disconnect original ftp-client and try to login as old password (doesn’t work, since it was changed)
9) Try to login as the new password, it works.
KNOWN PROBLEM: Slow Startup after Several Weeks of Heavy Usage
In order to provide information on Server Monitor -> Files Uploaded/Downloaded, the software writes entries into secondary files stored in the Storage-Location directory. These files contain one-line per file uploaded/downloaded and as the usage of the program increases, these files get bigger and bigger. Start-Up of the program will be effected as these files increase in size and the time to load the file into memory increases (and the footprint in memory increases).
To resolve this problem, it’s necessary to manually archive these files to another location; this will “reset” the statistics found in Server Monitor -> Files Uploaded/Downloaded.
You can manually archive these files:
1) Closing BulletProof FTP Server and ensure the SERVICE is not current running/active
2) Use My Computer or a Command-Prompt and navigate to the Storage-Location.
3) Locate the files named below and move them to some archive directory of your choosing (or delete them):
4) Start BulletProof FTP Server
NOTE: In a later version, this will be resolved with a re-organization and re-write of this function in order to save the information in a way that doesn’t affect performance.
Whenever there’s a new version available, BPFTP Server will display “Update Available (CLICK HERE)” in a yellow-box at the top of “Server Info”.
However, in versions prior to and including 2013.1.0.5, this function was inadvertently broken; as a result, please go to our website to download the update. This functionality is restored and working in 2013.1.0.6 and later.