How to Increase the Connection Timeout in FTP


When a user tries to connect to your server via the file transfer protocol, there is a connection limit set. If the user cannot successfully connect within this time, the FTP software stops that connection from automatically retrying. If you experience problems with your FTP site, increase the connection time-out, so that it gives users a better chance of connecting. This method works for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.

  • Click the "Start" button, the radio button on the task bar, and then type in "Internet Information Services" in the quick search. Click the program link when it is available and then press "Enter."

  • Click the "+" next to "Sites." Then click the FTP site. You have already created this, so click the name with which you are familiar.

  • Click "Advanced Settings," beneath "Manage Web Site" on the right-hand side of the window.

  • Expand the "Connection Limits" section by clicking the "+" next to it. Change the "Connection Time-out Seconds" parameter to whatever figure you want, by clicking the box and typing the number in. Press "Enter." You have now changed your connection time-out.

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