Documentation forServ-U MFT & Serv-U FTP Server

Creating, exporting, and importing the Server Identity

Create a server identity

If you install a copy of Serv-U 15.3.2 or later for the first time and do not see the following message then a server identifier has been automatically created.

You can confirm this if in doubt by navigating to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.

You should see the following:

If you are required to create a new Server Identifier (rather than import an existing identifier):

  1. Navigate to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.
  2. Click Create.

    The Server Identity is generated.

Export a server identity

Once you have set up the Serv-U 15.3.2 or later File Server, you can export and save the Server Identity to use for further instances of this server - for example, if you are creating a multi-tier file server for load balancing or if you need to move the server to another machine.

Only the Serv-U Local Administrator or full privileged System Administrators can export a server Identity.

  1. Navigate to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.

  2. Click Export to launch the Export Server Identity pop-up.

  3. Click Browse and navigate to the directory into which you want to copy the Server Identity.

  4. Enter the file name for the Server Identity and click Select.

  5. Enter a password and confirm, and then click Export.

    The complexity requirements for the password are displayed when you click in the password field.

  6. Store the export file and password in a safe, secured location.

Import a server identity

Only the Serv-U Local Administrator or full privileged System Administrators can import a Server Identity.

If you need to import an existing server identity - for example, if you have moved the location of the server:

If you are replicating an existing server identity for use with multiple instances in a multi-tier server set-up, see the following section.

  1. Navigate to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.

  2. Click Import to launch the Import Server Identity pop-up.

  3. Click Browse and navigate to the location containing the Server Identity.

  4. Click Import.

Set up a new multi-tier Serv-U Server across multiple machines

If you need to set up multiple instances of your server across host machines - for example, for load balancing, this can be done as follows:

Only the Serv-U Local Administrator or full privileged System Administrators can export and import a server Identity.

  1. Install Serv-U MFT 15.3.2 on a clean host machine.

    A Server Identity is automatically created.

  2. Configure the server as required. This creates the server definition that will be used by all the subsequent instances of this server.

  3. Export the Server identity. To do this:

    1. Navigate to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.

    2. Click Export to launch the Export Server Identity pop-up.

    3. Click Browse and navigate to the directory into which you want to copy the Server Identity.

    4. Enter the file name for the Server Identity and click Select.

    5. Enter a password and confirm, then click Export.
    6. The complexity requirements for the password are displayed when you click in the password field.
    7. Store the export file and password in a safe, secured location.

  4. Close this instance of Serv-U. and create a movable copy of the server definition. This comprises a number of files located in the Serv-U program data directory including Serv-U.Archive. And will be used to replicate all other Serv-U instances that compose the entire Server.

  5. For each subsequent machine on which you want to install an instance of the server, Install Serv-U on the machine.

  6. Stop the installed Serv-U instance and copy the definition, created in Step 2 above, into the Serv-U program data directory.

    If required, enter the listener IP addresses and other host-specific Serv-U settings for this specific machine.

  7. Start the Serv-U instance and import the Server Identity, created in Step 3 above. To do this:
    1. Navigate to Global > Server Details > Server Identity.

    2. Click Import to launch the Import Server Identity pop-up.

    3. Click Browse and navigate to the location containing the Server Identity.

    4. Click Import.

    5. If required, configure the ODBC data source and/or the Serv-U instance to connect to the database.