SFTP server on Windows: a step-by-step setup guide

Note: this article refers to an old version of the software, please consult this newer and updated article, which also features a video walk-through.

This step-by-step introductory guide is meant to help our users deploy and configure their SFTP server on Windows for the first time, and make sure that everything works well.

First of all, make sure that no other SFTP server is already running; and since Syncplify.me Server! also provides support for the FTP(S) protocol, please, also make sure no other FTP server is running on the same computer or virtual machine (this is particularly important if you’re installing Syncplify.me Server! onto a Windows Server operating system). A more comprehensive pre-flight check list is available here.

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New release: Notepad! v1.0.10.50

New minor release today for Syncplify.me Notepad! This version comes with the following new features:

  • Full support for Unicode text documents (load and save); meaning you can now edit documents that use different alphabets (cyrillic, chinese, …)
  • Persistent ribbon customization: if you customize the ribbon/toolbars, your changes will be kept after closing and reopening Notepad!
  • Option to deactivate the automatic creation of a blank document at startup
  • Two new hot-keys: Ctrl-W creates a new blank document, Ctrl-Q closes the currently active document

We’re working on more suggestions from our users, stay tuned for the next minor release with even more new features.

Download the latest version of Syncplify.me Notepad! now…

How to: use Syncplify.me Server! to keep your Android devices in sync

Some of our users are asking how to use Syncplify.me Server! as a shared repository to keep files/folders on their Android devices always in sync.

There are various Android FTP(S)/SFTP clients that work smoothly with Syncplify.me Server! but, in this case, we need more: we need one that doesn’t just transfer files between Android and FTP(S)/SFTP, but can also keep them in sync.

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Syncplify.me Server!: why so many “ports” to configure?

Some of our users have been asking why there are so many “ports” to configure in Syncplify.me Server! and if configuring them is really necessary.

First of all, let’s say that Syncplify.me Server! is designed to work out-of-the-box, without the need for any special reconfiguration. In fact, by default, it uses the ports defined in each protocol standard (21 and 20 for FTP, 990 and 989 for FTPS, and 22 for SFTP) plus the widest possible port-range for passive FTP(S) connections.

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New release: Syncplify.me Server! v2.0.1.21

We have just released version 2.0.1.21 of our Syncplify.me Server!

The only significant change in this new minor version is itsĀ increased blacklist flexibility with regards to authenticated/authorized users. With this new version, in fact, a legitimate user who tries two or more authentication methods (SSH/SFTP) will not increase the error count after a successful authentication, if at least one of them is successful.

You can download this new version from our web site, as usual.

Syncplify.me Server! and Active Directory user authentication

Besides it own internal user database, Syncplify.me Server! can authenticate users against the Windows user database and/or the Active Directory.

This article explains how to authenticate users against the Active Directory. A different article explains how to use the Windows (local) user database.

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