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Can't FTP to Virtual Appliance

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Avatar Bruticus Max... 4 post(s)

I’ve downloaded several virtual appliances here (Drupal on Ubuntu and Suse. ocPortal on Ubuntu, etc). I can’t FTP to any of them. Do I need to turn on FTP somewhere? I’m using Vmware workstation 7. I have other VM’s that I’m able to FTP to.

 
Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)

Hi,

You can use SCP instead of FTP. It is easy, you only have to enable SSH in the Virtual Appliance and then use a client to copy the files. Maybe your current FTP client also support SCP which is a secure protocol. You can find more info at http://wiki.bitnami.com/Virtual_Appliances_Quick_Start_Guide#How_to_copy_files_in_the_Virtual_Appliance.3f

 
Avatar Bruticus Max... 4 post(s)

I can use SCP but, within the GUI itself, it uses FTP. I want to just use the GUI to change themes, add extensions, and upgrade rather than using an external program.

 
Avatar Bruticus Max... 4 post(s)

Great link by the way and I’ll enable SSH to get stuff to the machine. I just find it odd that Bitnami packages a virtual machine with a software stack that requires FTP but, reccommends SCP.

 
Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)

My understanding is that you are creating a network folder to see the files in your computer. Usually it is also support the SSH protocol so you only have to enable SSH to see the machine files in your machine. Let me know if this answer your question.

 
Avatar Bruticus Max... 4 post(s)

No. There are things within the management web page of Drupal, ocPortal, Joomla, and enanocms, that allow you to update the software through the GUI. It requires FTP to be on on the server. For example, the theme update process allows you to point to a TAR file on the web and click update. It downloads it, FTP’s it to the server, unpackages it, and installs it. While in theory I could manually download the packace, SCP it to the server, unpackage it and, install it, I can’t hand it off to an end user like that. I just need all the funcionality built into the application to work. This requires FTP to be on.

 
Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)

Ah ok, now I understand.

To install any module on Drupal or Joomla you can update it from the admin panel or you can set the url to download and isntall it. Currently we are not including a FTP for security reasons. If the application supports SFTP you can set same credentials that you use for SSH. In any case we will revisit this in the future to check if it is safely to include the FTP server in the images or maybe include it but not enabled by default.

Thanks for your feedback.

 
Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)

Hi,

I just write a small guide to install FTP server in a Virtual Appliance or in the Amazon Machine Image. I checked with the Drupal application and it works properly. http://wiki.bitnami.com/Virtual_Appliances_Quick_Start_Guide#How_to_install_a_FTP_server.3f

I hope it helps.