Documentation forServ-U File Server

Create a Serv-U domain

At the core of the Serv-U File Server is the Serv-U domain. At the most basic level, a Serv-U domain is a set of user accounts and listeners that allow users to connect to the server to access files and folders. Serv-U domains can also be configured further to restrict access based on IP address, limit bandwidth usage, enforce transfer quotas, and more.

Virtually every setting available at the server level can be overridden for each individual domain. With careful advanced planning, you can specify an acceptable level of default options at the server level to minimize the amount of configuration required for a domain.

Serv-U FTP Server supports up to three domains. Serv-U MFT Server can support an unlimited number of domains. Domains can share listeners, or they can each be hosted on a unique IP address if the system has multiple IP addresses.

To set up a domain, click the New Domain icon in the Domains section.

The domain wizard is automatically launched when you first run Serv-U.

  1. Enter a unique name and optional description for the domain, and click Next.

    The default is to enable the domain immediately, but if you do not want it enabled uncheck the Enable domain box.

  2. If you have the MFT edition of Serv-U, you can use this domain for both file transfer and file sharing. Uncheck either of these if you specifically do not want to use this domain for both purposes, and click Next.

    For the standard edition only file transfer is allowed.

  3. If you have enable File Sharing:
    1. enter the domain URL to be used.
    2. Select or create the File Sharing repository.
    3. Check Use Secure URL to use HTTPS.
    4. Click Configure SMTP if you want to configure Serv-U to send email for email notifications and events that use email actions.
    5. Click Next.
  4. If you have enabled File Transfer, enter the protocol to be used and the associated ports.

    For the standard edition of Serv-U you can use:

    • FTP and explicit SSL, TLS
    • Implicit FTPS (SSL, TLS)
    • HTTP

    For the MFT edition of Serv-U you can also use:

    • SFTP using SSH
    • HTTPS (SSL encrypted HTTP)
  5. Select or enter the IP addresses this domain should listen on for incoming connections. By default it will listen on all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, but you can specify addresses or range of addresses using wild cards. To create a more detailed list of listeners, use the Listeners tab in Domain Details.
  6. If you have enabled File Transfer, select the password encryption mode. The default is to use server settings, but you can change it to:
    • One-way encryption
    • Simple two-way encryption
    • No encryption
  7. Check Allow users to recover passwords if you want to enable self-service password recovery via the HTTP login page.
  8. To change the server-level settings, click Change Server Settings.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. When you finish creating a domain, you are asked if you want to create a user account for this domain.

Once a domain has been created, you can configure further domain details.