Just find a free FTP sever (IIS should be avoided at all costs for security reasons) and set it up so that users have execute and write permissions to the directory you want to use as a drop box. Execute permissions on a directory just means that you can open it. Some FTP servers come with this sort of permission scheme already "built in" you just need to point it at a directory.
If you want to convert the ftp://123.456.789.012 into something like ftp://ftp.myserver.com then you'll need to pay for a domain name, then link that to a static IP attached to the server system. You could use the HOSTS file, and this would probably be the first time I've seen someone here suggest using it for its actual intended purpose. Of course every individual unit connecting to the network would need to have its HOSTS file modified appropriately, and that would get pretty unweildly pretty fast.
As for XP Pro being a good FTP server, that depends largely on the specs of the system and how many people will be using it at any given time. So, if we're talking say an old Pentium 4 with 1GB of RAM, not really doing anything but being an FTP server... You might be able to handle 5-10 simultaneous connections without too much difficulty. The better the specs the more connections you could probably handle, but XP does have a lot of unnecessary overhead when you think about how much you could strip down Linux or FreeBSD for a headless dedicated server. If you're talking probably fewer than 20-30 simultaneous connections, and have a reasonably "modern" system running XP, it's probably fine. Once you start going beyond that though, you probably want to look at other options.
I work for a small company and currently working on ftp server on xp professional just wondering if i can get some help from you guys.
1.is xp professional good for ftp server?
2.how to creat an ftp drop box where users can upload files but unable to see other contents and how to enable everyone can see content on company computers.
3. how to convert the ftp://ip.ip.ip.ip
formate into a URL? So user can type the url rather the ip adress.
i have setup the server , played around with permissions, but still unable to upload files to the drop box.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.