I discovered a very nifty tool today – a mini SFTP server for windows made by Core FTP. The whole tool weighs in under 780 KB, requires no installation and gives you a bare minimum SFTP functionality.
Simply run the application, specify a desired username, password, the folder you want to be made accessible via SFTP, port on which the server is supposed to listen and hit start. That’s all there is to it.
The application can be minimized to tray via the window option menu (accessible the top left corner) so that you can just leave it running in the background.
If you want to skip pressing the start button, and launch the app while already running you just execute it with the -start attribute:
You can create batch file, and throw it in your start folder or create an auto run registry key to do this on startup for you.
Here is a direct link to the executable: [download msftpsvr.exe]
I think this is a perfect tool to put on your USB stick. It’s easy to use, easy to deploy, and relatively secure (safer than regular FTP). It’s an ideal app for transferring files over the internet in emergency situations.
Core FTP also offers a full server solution with multi user accounts, quotas and etc. It supports SSL/TLS (FTPS), SFTP (SSH2), and clear FTP modes. You can download it from here.
The website claims that the software still under development and it is free to use at present. They also seems to have a purchase link that allows you to buy the application. I’m guessing that the server download might be a shareware with a limited time trial period, but I couldn’t find any licensing info on the page, so go figure.
After some more testing, this software appears to be really buggy. I wasn’t able to upload to the server when using sftp:// from within Konqueror. The command line sftp worked for the most part. When I tried using WinCSP or OpenSSH scp app, my connection kept dropping in the middle of uploading files. I’m not happy with it.
Anyone else experienced something simllar?
[tags]core ftp, ftp, sftp, ftps, ftp server, sftp server, msftpsvr, server[/tags]