Stopping and Starting FTP Sites (IIS 6.0)

The need to stop and restart an FTP site typically indicates a problem with the site. If your FTP site is slow, unresponsive, or is not running properly in some other way, stopping and then restarting the site can resolve a temporary problem with the software.

By default, FTP sites start automatically when your computer restarts. Starting a site restarts or resumes a specific site, or the FTP service if it was not previously running, which might immediately fix problems. Stopping a site disables the specific FTP site, disconnecting all client connections to the site. Stopping the FTP service stops all FTP sites and unloads the FTP service. Pausing a site prevents the FTP service from accepting new connections but does not affect requests that are already being processed.


You must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer to perform the following procedure or procedures. As a security best practice, log on to your computer by using an account that is not in the Administrators group, and then use the runas command to run IIS Manager as an administrator. At a command prompt, type runas /User:Administrative_AccountName "mmc %systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\iis.msc".


To start, stop, or pause an FTP site

In IIS Manager, expand the local computer, expand the FTP Sites folder, right-click the site you want to start, stop, or pause, and click Start, Stop, or Pause.

If a site stops unexpectedly, IIS Manager might not correctly indicate the state of the site. In IIS Manager, right-click the FTP Sites folder and click Refresh to see the current state of all FTP sites.

Related Information

For information on installing the FTP service, see FTP Site Setup.

For information on restarting all of your Internet services, see Restarting IIS.

To change properties on existing FTP sites, see Changing Default FTP Site Settings.

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