FTP Log On Action—Setting Properties

The FTP Log On Action is used to start a transaction with a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. Other FTP actions, such as FTP Upload or FTP Download can then be used. At the end of the transaction, use the FTP Log Off action to end the session.

To set FTP Log On properties

  1. From the Task Builder Available Actions pane, open the Internet\FTP folder and double-click the FTP Log On action or drag it into the Steps pane.

  2. In the Host box, enter the IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) or the server and domain name (server.domain.com) for the FTP host.

  3. Enter the user name and password for the logon. The password will be encrypted.


    Select Use anonymous log on if the server is configured to accept anonymous log on.

  4. In the Session name box, enter a name for the session. This will be used in subsequent steps to identify the FTP session. It allows multiple FTP sessions to run simultaneously.

  5. Click the Advanced tab and enter the properties as follows:

    1. In the Server connection type box, select from the drop-down list.

    2. If the default port shown is not available, enter an alternate port.

    3. In the FTP log file location box, click the Open Folder button and navigate to the log file location. If this box is left blank, no log file is kept. If you want the log file data to be appended to existing data in the file, clear the Overwrite existing log file check box.

    4. If you want to change the connection time-out, enter the number and select the increment in the Connection timeout boxes. The default is 30 seconds.

    5. If you want to use PASV (Passive) data transfer and your FTP server supports it, select Passive mode.

    6. Enter the Certificate, Certificate private key, and Passphrase as applicable to your selected connection type.

    7. To encrypt the data channel, select Encrypt data channel.

    8. To ignore invalid server certificates, click the check box. If this is not selected the step will fail if the server certificate is expired or invalid for any reason.

  6. If you do not want to use the default proxy server as entered in Task Administrator System Options, click the Proxy tab and select an alternate setting in the Proxy type box. The options are None, Socks4, Socks4a, or Socks5. As applicable, enter the properties as follows:

    1. In the Proxy host box, enter the host name or IP address for the proxy server.

    2. Change the proxy port number if needed. The default proxy port is 1028.

    3. If you are using Socks5 and want to use authentication, select the Use authentication check box, and enter the user ID and password.

  7. To set the Description tab properties, refer to Description Tab Options.

  8. To set the Error Causes and On Error tab properties, refer to Step Error Handling.

  9. When finished, click OK to save settings and close the properties dialog window.

See Also

About Actions

Adding Task Steps

FTP Log On Action