ServiceGrid Article - FTP

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is used to upload files from a workstation to an FTP server or download files from an FTP server to a workstation. It is a way that files get transferred from one device to another sot that the files are available on the Internet. When FTP appears in an URL, it means that the user is connecting to an FTP server and not a Web server and that some form of file transfer is going to take place. Most FTP servers require the user to log on to the server in order to transfer files.

Parameters for FTP transfer

The following table provides the required parameters for the file transfer using FTP:

Parameters required at Partner end

  • Cisco FTP URL: Endpoint of IPSec tunnel
  • UserID, Password: Cisco provides the partner with UserID and password
  • Directory Structure: Directory structure that will be used is defined
  • File naming conventions: Naming conventions of the tranferred files should be defined

Parameters required at Cisco end

Cisco FTP URL or IP Address: Endpoint of IPSec tunnel


To transport files using FTP, the port 21 must be enabled inside the IPSec tunnel. For security reasons, Cisco supports only FTP connections through IPSec. As an alternative to FTP using IPSec, SFTP (FTP over SSL) can be used. SFTP uses a SSH connection to provide the file transport services.

For more information about IPSec, refer to the Network Layer

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