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The Windows Administrator's 10-Minute Guide to Installing Red Hat Linux : Page 7

Linux has become increasingly attractive, not only as a low-cost platform for hosting Web servers, but also as a target for desktop development efforts. If you would like to run Linux, but you're only familiar with Windows, you can follow this step-by-step guide to get Red Hat Linux installed and configured on a machine running Windows.


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The Final Step: Starting the FTP Software
In order to get the FTP service running on your server, you have to edit the file "/etc/xinetd.d/vsftpd". Open this file and remove the line that says "disable = yes". Use the vi command like this:

vi /etc/xinetd.d/vsftpd

While the file is open, use the arrow keys to move to the line that you want to removed and press "d" twice (dd). Save the file by typing ":wq" and pressing Enter. To make the changes take effect type:

# This restarts xinetd to get ftp working. /etc/init.d/xinetd restart

You can now ftp to and from both of the OSs as either a "system" user or as an "anonymous" user. We would like to point out here that the root user (the system administrator) is not able to ftp to the Linux system. Preventing system administrator ftp access is a standard Linux security block, because ftp access is open from the Internet side.

Final Note
When you ftp to the server as an anonymous user, you will initially start at the ftp root "/var/ftp".

Congratulations! You have finished installing Linux Red Hat and paved the way for the rest of your Web server setup. You're now free to install your Apache/JBoss software.



Thomasson and Myles Dean are co-authors of the Universal Command Guide for Operating Systems. You can reach them through their Web site.
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