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How to configure FTP Non-Transparent Virtual Service

For load-balancing FTP servers on a VS using L7 Non-Transparent, there is a few special setting that needs to be enabled and this can only be done for passive mode. Active mode connections are only possible in L4 or L7 Transparent mode.

An explanation of Transparency here.

For external traffic:

  •     On the Virtual service in Standard Options for 'Server Initiating Protocols' select 'Other Server Initiating'
  •     Promiscuous mode must be enabled on the FTP servers.
  •     Extra ports configured on the FTP server can be set in Standard options on the Virtual service
  •     For some FTP servers you may need to specify external IP address of Firewall to allow passive connections

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FTP non-transparent VIP setting

For internal traffic:

  •     Promiscuous mode must be enabled on the FTP servers.
  •     Extra ports configured on the FTP server can be set in Standard options on the Virtual service

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