Documentation forServ-U MFT & Serv-U FTP Server

Serv-U sessions activity

To display the active sessions for the server, navigate to Global > Dashboard and click on Active Sessions. On this page you can see an overall picture of the current activity on the file server. In addition, you can view individual sessions, including their current status, connection state, and transfer information.

To view detailed information about a specific session, select the session. The Active Session Information group is populated with the details of the currently highlighted session. This information is frequently updated to provide an accurate and up-to-date snapshot of the activities of the session.

The following options are available for sessions:

Button Description

Select a session and click to bring up a window with the following options:


Immediately disconnects the session. Another session can be immediately established by the disconnected client. This is also known as "kicking" the user.

Disconnect and ban IP for x

Immediately disconnects the session and bans its IP address for the specified number of minutes, preventing the client from immediately reconnecting.

Disconnect and block IP permanently Immediately disconnects the session and adds a deny IP access rule for the IP address, preventing the client from ever reconnecting from the same IP address.

The last two methods can be applied for the entire server or only the domain currently in use.

In addition to disconnecting the session, you can also disable the user account in use by the session by selecting Disable user account.

If the current session is using the FTP protocol, you can send a message to the user before disconnecting them by typing it in the Message to user field.

MFT Users: This option is not available for HTTP or SFTP sessions because neither protocol defines a method for chatting with users.

Abort Select a session and click to cancel the file transfer without disconnecting the session. After confirming the command, the current file transfer for that session is terminated by the server. Some clients, especially FTP and SFTP clients, may automatically restart the canceled transfer, making it appear that the cancellation failed. If this is the case, try disconnecting the session instead.
Broadcast Broadcast is the same as Chat as described below, except instead of selecting a single session and chatting with a single FTP user, you can broadcast a message to all current users.
Spy & Chat

Select a session and click. This displays all the detailed information normally visible by highlighting the session, and also includes a complete copy of the session log since it first connected to the file server. This way you can browse the log and view all actions taken by the user of the session.

If the current session is using the FTP protocol, additional options are available for chatting with the user. The Chat group shows all messages sent to and received from the session since beginning to spy on the session.

To send a message to the session, type the message text in the Message Content field, and then click Send.

When a message is received from the session, it is automatically displayed here.

Not all FTP clients support chatting with system administrators. The command used to send a message to the server is SITE MSG. In order for a client to receive messages, the client application must be capable of receiving unsolicited responses from the server instead of discarding them.