Install the SolarWinds Serv-U File Server

Serv-U licenses are now available in the Customer Portal. Any license purchased or renewed after July 27, 2016 will be available in the Customer Portal on the License Management tab. Refer to Serv-U licenses now available in Customer Portal for steps to access this information.

If you are installing Serv-U File Server for the first time, follow the instructions on the installation screens to choose the installation directory and to configure desktop shortcuts for quickly accessing the server.

For instructions on installing Serv-U on a Linux machine, see Install Serv-U on Linux.

  1. Run the installation file from the download folder, and follow the prompts.
  2. Select the language of the installation.

  3. Review the license agreement.

  4. Select the installation destination.

  5. Select the location of the Start Menu folder.

  6. Select additional tasks.

  7. If you have a firewall running, the following screen is displayed. Select Add Serv-U as an exception.

  8. Click Install.

Serv-U File Server supports installation in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Serbian, Swedish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. At this point you are selecting only the default language for the Management Console. When users connect to Serv-U File Server, they can select any language from the list of supported languages.

If you install Serv-U File Server as a system service, Serv-U File Server is automatically started when the server is started, before any user logs on to the system. This is useful if Serv-U File Server is run on a dedicated server that does not regularly have an interactive user session logged in to it. If Serv-U File Server is not installed as a system service, it has to be manually started after logging in to the server.

When the installation completes, the Management Console is started. If you chose not to have the Management Console started after installation, you can launch it by double-clicking the Serv-U File Server icon in the system tray, or by right-clicking the Serv-U File Server icon and selecting Start Management Console.