cloud ftp back up target



  • I have a couple of cloud based systems that need a ftp back up target. One in Azure and one on Vultr if it matters. I'm looking for the most cost effective place to set up a ftp backup target. Along those lines, is there a pre built appliance for that, or is there one Linux distribution better than another for setting that up?



  • @mike-davis said in cloud ftp back up target:

    I have a couple of cloud based systems that need a ftp back up target. One in Azure and one on Vultr if it matters. I'm looking for the most cost effective place to set up a ftp backup target. Along those lines, is there a pre built appliance for that, or is there one Linux distribution better than another for setting that up?

    I'm sure someone sells an overpriced CentOS "FTP Appliance", but I would never buy it.

    Just pick a VPS or cloud solution that is in your price range and setup an FTP server on it with enough space.



  • Here is the config file for the last one I set up like this. About 5 years ago.

    I have no idea which options are changed, so this is the entire config file.

    cat /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

    # Example config file /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
    #
    # The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
    # loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
    # Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
    #
    # READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
    # Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
    # capabilities.
    #
    # Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).
    anonymous_enable=NO
    #
    # Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
    # When SELinux is enforcing check for SE bool ftp_home_dir
    local_enable=YES
    #
    # Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
    write_enable=YES
    #
    # Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
    # if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
    local_umask=022
    #
    # Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
    # has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
    # obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
    # When SELinux is enforcing check for SE bool allow_ftpd_anon_write, allow_ftpd_full_access
    #anon_upload_enable=YES
    #
    # Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
    # new directories.
    #anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES
    #
    # Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
    # go into a certain directory.
    dirmessage_enable=YES
    #
    # Activate logging of uploads/downloads.
    xferlog_enable=YES
    #
    # Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
    connect_from_port_20=YES
    #
    # If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
    # a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not
    # recommended!
    #chown_uploads=YES
    #chown_username=whoever
    #
    # You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
    # below.
    #xferlog_file=/var/log/xferlog
    #
    # If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format.
    # Note that the default log file location is /var/log/xferlog in this case.
    xferlog_std_format=YES
    #
    # You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
    #idle_session_timeout=600
    #
    # You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
    #data_connection_timeout=120
    #
    # It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
    # ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
    #nopriv_user=ftpsecure
    #
    # Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
    # recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
    # however, may confuse older FTP clients.
    #async_abor_enable=YES
    #
    # By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
    # the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
    # mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
    # Beware that on some FTP servers, ASCII support allows a denial of service
    # attack (DoS) via the command "SIZE /big/file" in ASCII mode. vsftpd
    # predicted this attack and has always been safe, reporting the size of the
    # raw file.
    # ASCII mangling is a horrible feature of the protocol.
    ascii_upload_enable=YES
    ascii_download_enable=YES
    #
    # You may fully customise the login banner string:
    #ftpd_banner=Welcome to blah FTP service.
    #
    # You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
    # useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
    #deny_email_enable=YES
    # (default follows)
    #banned_email_file=/etc/vsftpd/banned_emails
    #
    # You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
    # directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
    # users to NOT chroot().
    # (Warning! chroot'ing can be very dangerous. If using chroot, make sure that
    # the user does not have write access to the top level directory within the
    # chroot)
    #chroot_local_user=YES
    #chroot_list_enable=YES
    # (default follows)
    #chroot_list_file=/etc/vsftpd/chroot_list
    #
    # You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
    # default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
    # sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume
    # the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.
    #ls_recurse_enable=YES
    #
    # When "listen" directive is enabled, vsftpd runs in standalone mode and
    # listens on IPv4 sockets. This directive cannot be used in conjunction
    # with the listen_ipv6 directive.
    listen=NO
    #
    # This directive enables listening on IPv6 sockets. By default, listening
    # on the IPv6 "any" address (::) will accept connections from both IPv6
    # and IPv4 clients. It is not necessary to listen on *both* IPv4 and IPv6
    # sockets. If you want that (perhaps because you want to listen on specific
    # addresses) then you must run two copies of vsftpd with two configuration
    # files.
    # Make sure, that one of the listen options is commented !!
    listen_ipv6=YES
    
    pam_service_name=vsftpd
    userlist_enable=YES
    tcp_wrappers=YES
    
    use_localtime=YES
    


  • Any distro will work. FTP is a "generic" service that is the same between them. I'd use Fedora myself, but anything will be fine. Any standard distro you are already using is what I'd go with.



  • @scottalanmiller said in cloud ftp back up target:

    Any distro will work. FTP is a "generic" service that is the same between them. I'd use Fedora myself, but anything will be fine. Any standard distro you are already using is what I'd go with.

    So would I. Just used the "CentOS" moniker because any black box he bought would likely be that or Ubuntu underneath.



  • @jaredbusch said in cloud ftp back up target:

    @scottalanmiller said in cloud ftp back up target:

    Any distro will work. FTP is a "generic" service that is the same between them. I'd use Fedora myself, but anything will be fine. Any standard distro you are already using is what I'd go with.

    So would I. Just used the "CentOS" moniker because any black box he bought would likely be that or Ubuntu underneath.

    I was going to say, I haven’t need to buy anything from someone for FTP.


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