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How to configure the FTP site for MassLynx communication with FTP-boot sequence MS instruments - WKB18396

Article number: 18396


Configure the FTP site on a Windows 7 PC for FTP-boot sequence type communications as used by older MS instruments. (Newer instruments use dynamic boot sequence via Waters DHCP server/TCP/IP.)


  • MassLynx Microsoft Windows 7 FTP boot sequence MS systems (e.g., Quattro Premier/Pt, Quattro Micro, Quattro Ultima/Pt, Quattro Micro GC) Waters-supplied PC.


If the PC has a Waters image, follow the instructions in Section i. If the PC does not have a Waters image, go to Section ii.
  i) Preconfigured Waters Image The Waters image is not fully configured for FTP boot sequence instruments. To use the Waters image, the following settings must be changed: Enable mous Authentication in the Default FTP site.
  1. Enable Basic Authentication for the Micromass account in the Default FTP Site (FTP Authentication Rules, allow Micromass account). Firewall exceptions
  Alternatively, and usually more easily, uninstall the FTP service as detailed below, and then follow the instructions in Section ii.   To uninstall the FTP service: Right-click Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management. Browse to Services and Applications > Internet Information Services (IIS) Management. In Connections, expand the tree and select Sites > Default FTP Site. Right-click and select Remove.   Confirm the removal, and then follow the instructions in Section ii.   Installing Internet Information Services (IIS)   Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, and click the Turn Windows features on or off link. Select all the options of Internet Information Services, and then click OK to complete the installation. It takes a few minutes to configure components.     IIS Properties Setup Right-click Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management. Select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. In Connections, expand to Default Web site. From the bottom of the tab, select Features View . Go to the IIS section. Double-click on Authentication. Select Anonymous Authentication, and click Enable in Actions, which enables anonymous authentication. iv) Modules   Note: Depending on the image of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit installed, the steps in red may not apply and can be skipped. It is recommended to add modules instead of filters in Windows 7. Copy the files compfilt.dll, md5filt.dll, pwsdata.dll, and sspifilt.dll from the Windows7-IISModules folder (attached to the same service note as this document) and paste them into the folder C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv. Note: ou must first unzip this folder.   Then, copy the file from this folder to your desktop, and run the batch file to install the four IIS modules.   Control Panel stem and Security > Administrative Tools and open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Select Default Web Site, and then, in the main panel in the IIS pane, double-click Modules to confirm that the four modules (compfilt.dll, md5filt.dll, pwsdata.dll, and sspifilt.dll) are present. v) FTP Service Select Sites and, in Actions, click on Add FTP Site, which launches the Add FTP Site wizard. Specify the FTP Site name (Default FTP Site) and the Content Directory (C:\).

  Click Next. Specify the IP Address ( and the Port (21), and select the Allow SSL option. Click Next.


Select the Basic option for Authentication, and, for Allow access to:, select Specified users and type "micromass" in the edit field. Select both the Read and Write permissions, and then click Finish. Restart the PC. Go to IIS Manager and select Default FTP Site. Click on Advanced settings in the Actions pane. Specify 900 for Control Channel Timeout and 10 for Max Connections. Click OK and close the IIS Manager/Computer Management window. vi)  Adding a User Account Right-click Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management. Expand Local Users and Groups to Users. Click Action > More Actions > New User, which opens the New User dialog box. Specify the following: User name = Micromass; Password = analysis; clear the User must change password at next logon option; select the User cannot change password and Password never expires options. Click the Create button to create the Micromass user account. Double-click on the newly created Micromass account. Click on the Member Of tab. Verify that the Micromass user is a member of the Users group. Click OK to close the Properties box. vii)  Granting Access to C:\ for Micromass Account   In order to operate correctly, the Micromass Account needs permission to modify and write to the C drive.
In Explorer, right-click the C drive and select Properties.  Select the Security tab and click on the Users account.   


  Click Edit, and then select the check boxes to allow Modify and Write for the Users account.  Press OK to accept the changes and exit the editor. viii)  Enabling TELNET Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features and click on Turn windows features on or off. Select the Telnet Client feature and Click OK to install.

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