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I want to set up a server to allow remote access over a WAN. The purpose is to allow people to remote connect and download specific files from a specified folder hosted on the server.

Is there software available to achieve this, preferably with an interface so I can easily add and remove users, plus monitor who is connected at any time?

I have looked around and only found terminal references, and not very clear how to set up. I have a service running on my Win server, but I am hoping to move from that to Ubuntu for my file sharing.

I do not want people who access the server to have any local accounts or any access to any folder/files apart from authorised folders/files.


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What kind of file transfer do you need? There's FTP, SSH, Sparkleshare and so on. Even Samba, if the WAN connection is reasonable private/secure. – Scaine Oct 28 '11 at 10:04
I need to be able to allocate accounts for remote file sharing to specific shared folders. Thanks – pst007x Dec 28 '11 at 18:45
Sounds like samba file sharing then, which is feasible, depending on the WAN link - samba isn't something you'd run over the internet. – Scaine Dec 29 '11 at 11:03
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This is a short, not very complete answer, but might get you started :

If you intend to copy the Windows file sharing method, you need to use Samba, which is the linux-version of Windows SMB file sharing.

To install it, use sudo apt-get install samba.

As for GUI's, I'd also recommend that you install Webmin from their website ( which will give you a decent access-anywhere web-based GUI for all your server components. If you prefer to stick with the repositories, you can also try the GADMIN tools (sudo apt-get install gadmin-samba) or perhaps the EBOX tools (sudo apt-get install ebox-samba).

Samba is a pretty complex topic and perhaps others will post answers that can help, or search this site for more pertinents examples :

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I searched and found:

This is close to what I wanted to achieve.

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