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Virtual Directories Not Visible on FTP Clients

This article was previously published under Q142853
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When you use your FTP client, you are unable to see virtualdirectories created in Internet Server Manager for the FTP serviceeven though you have permissions to access the directory.

However, if you issue the "cd" command with the correct name tothe virtual directory or "ls" or "dir" of the virtual directory,the contents are listed (provided sufficient permissions existfor the user/anonymous user).
This behavior is by design. The ability to hide these directories is a security option in the FTP server configuration.
A work around is to create a physical directory with the same namein the location of the virtual directory so the FTP client can seethe name.

/ --> c:\inetpub\ftproot
/sample --> d:\ftpvdir

If you create the directory c:\inetpub\ftproot\sample, the FTP clientwill see that directory in directory listings. The FTP client willonly be able to see/retrieve files located in d:\ftpvdir. If any filesare placed in c:\inetpub\ftproot\sample, the FTP client will not seethem or be able to retrieve them.

You can also create a virtual directory for the FTP service from theDirectories tab in the FTP Service Properties by choosing Add.Select the directory and type in an alias. The virtual directoryalias is used to change to the directory.

The way you change to the directory varies slightly dependingon if you use a web browser or standard FTP client to accessthe FTP server.

From a WWW Browser

Include the virtual directory name in the URL:

From a Standard FTP Client

Even though the directories can not be seen, you can explicitly"cd" to the virtual directory name. For example:
   cd /mydirectory				

The forward slash is necessary, otherwise "cd" tries to changedirectory from within the current directory the client is in.

Article ID: 142853 - Last Review: 07/07/2008 17:39:42 - Revision: 4.2

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