Consolidate Your Legacy FTP Servers to Serv-U

Have you ever wondered “where did I get all these different FTP servers?”   If so, you’re not alone.  “Server sprawl” appeared as a major IT concern in the mid 2000’s and it continues to plague IT departments worldwide today.

Since the last recession began, many IT administrators have been reducing their administrative workloads and cost structures around file transfer by consolidating onto the advanced Serv-U platform.

In specific cases, IT administrators are now migrating off legacy FTP servers that:

  • Are no longer being actively developed
  • Require excessive annual support fees
  • Cost more to maintain than their price-tag suggests
  • Have poor (or no) web-based end user interfaces
  • Have poor (or no) mobile device end user interfaces
  • Provide little visibility into what is happening with users or data
  • Require manual user administration
  • Require “32-bit” compatibility mode crutches to run under modern 64-bit operating systems like Windows 2008 R2
  • Have no support for IPv6, which is coming soon now that new blocks of IPv4 addresses have been exhausted

…and onto Serv-U to enjoy their missing benefits.

How Serv-U Supports Migration

To support migration efforts Serv-U makes a number of user provisioning options, logs and macros available to technical personnel.

The first major provisioning feature in Serv-U is the user collection import facility, found at the top of both the “Global Users” and “Domain Users” sections.  By formatting the user dump of a legacy system in an acceptable Serv-U format, dozens or hundreds of new end users can be quickly added to any Serv-U system.

A second major provisioning feature is Serv-U’s user integration library.  This DLL interface allows advanced users to write scripts or programs to add users one-by-one while maintaining very fine control over each user’s attributes.

In addition to locally provisioned users, Serv-U also supports two popular migration alternatives that rely on external authentication.

In a “to Active Directory” type of migration, users are exported from legacy FTP servers and imported into Active Directory instead of Serv-U.  Then, the “Users | Configure Windows Authentication” panel is used to enable “Windows authentication” and link Serv-U accounts with Windows users.

In a “to database” type of migration, users are exported from legacy FTP servers into a database instead of Serv-U.  Then, the “Server | Database” panel and the “Users | Create…Database” panel are used to connect to the specific database and to link Serv-U accounts with user records in the database.

After completing a migration of any kind, Serv-U’s extensive visibility features, including user status, statistics and detailed logs, can be examined to determine if the migration was a complete success and make any last-minute corrections.   Serv-U even allows visibility into these items to be delegated by domain, making a phase-by-phase consolidation of multiple domains easier for all parties.

In ongoing operations, Serv-U’s extensive collection of macros for runtime items such as username, IP address and folder continue to reduce administrative workload by minimizing keystrokes, increasing accuracy and assuming the duties that runtime macros in legacy FTP servers may have once performed.

Increasing Your Chances of Success with Professional Project Planning

We realize that there is more to a successful consolidation project than simply importing files and folders.  In addition to required test, migration, deployment and emergency back-out plans, communications to end users, coordination with network teams and buy-in from management are also critical.

If you have the time and resources to perform all these functions in-house you are among the fortunate few.  However, if you are one of the many short on time or resources, we now offer complete consolidation and migration services to support consolidation to the Serv-U platform.

File Transfer Consulting, LLC (“FTC”) is a full-service firm that specializes in migrations, consolidations and other projects that require coordination and communication over extended time frames. and FTC have been working together on select internal technical initiatives for some time and are now happy to extend this relationship to our joint customer bases as well.

In their previous roles as support technicians, architects and managers at other file transfer vendors, FTC’s staff designed and supported file transfer deployments that now power more than a thousand businesses worldwide.  However, FTC’s real advantage is more human than technical.  Everyone on FTC’s staff has spent years on the front lines of IT doing the holiday upgrades, taking the midnight calls and cutting through call center scripts, so you can expect to enjoy the same level of dedication in every assignment they take on today.

Together, and FTC now stand ready to help you consolidate your legacy FTP infrastructure onto a future-proof Serv-U platform.  Contact us today to learn more.

About Jonathan Lampe

Andy White and I started File Transfer Consulting in 2011 to solve secure file transfer and managed file transfer issues through strategic analysis, training, integration and custom development. Our unique approach allows us to address complicated issues like no one else.

Before FTC I created and then led the development of Ipswitch's MOVEit managed file transfer software for ten exciting years, including three as VP for R&D and Product Management at Ipswitch (WS_FTP, MessageWay and hosted services). I also served for VP for Product Management for RhinoSoft (Serv-U), where I guided the development of managed file capabilities and marketing that led to its eventual sale to SolarWinds.

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