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How to Reverse Proxy FTP In 3 Simple Steps

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 04:05 AM

Overview

Do you have an FTP server behind the firewall that you need to make accessible via the Internet?  Here is a short tutorial on how to setup a reverse proxy to your FTP service using JSCAPE MFT Gateway as shown in Figure 1.

Note: This tutorial was originally published on July 2014 but was updated and re-published on October 15, 2018

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Before we begin you will need to download and install an instance of JSCAPE MFT Gateway.  Once ready, proceed to Step 1.

Figure 1

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Step 1: Navigate to Services and click the Add button. 

 

Figure 2

mft_gateway_4_add_service

 

Step 2: When the Proxy Service Protocols dialog box appears, Select FTP from the Client protocol drop-down list and again from the Server protocol drop-down list.

 

Figure 3

mft_gateway_4_proxy_service_protocols

 

Step 3: Specify the following service parameters and then click the Add button. 

Local host and port - The listening IP address and port for the FTP service on your JSCAPE MFT Gateway instance. 0.0.0.0 means it will listen on all available network interfaces. 

Remote host - The IP address and port number of your target FTP server.  This will be used by JSCAPE MFT Gateway to establish a reverse proxy connection.

 

Figure 4

mft_gateway_4_add_ftp_ftp_proxy_service

 

Once you click Add or Add/Start (which will start the service immediately) the FTP reverse proxy service will be displayed in your Services panel.  See Figure 5.

 

Figure 5 

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To connect to your FTP service via the reverse proxy fire up your FTP client and connect to the listening IP address and port of JSCAPE MFT Gateway defined in Step 3.  For a more detailed discussion on how to reverse proxy FTP services, please read the article How to Setup a FTP Reverse Proxy.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Gateway, JSCAPE Reverse Proxy, Reverse Proxy, Tutorials