add new FTP Users - existing settings?

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#1 Tue, 08/31/2010 - 06:23

add new FTP Users - existing settings?


I would like to add some ftp users to my webmin/virtualmin. But there are already some settings made by an other person, I think not via Webmin or Virtualmin. Is it dangerous to try something by out Virtualmin? could I delete some important settings??

I really need ftp users, who don't have access to the root folders... but I have totally no clue how to do it and I am afraid of destroying everything... cos on the server are two important websites and emails of two companies running.

I would be glad, when someone could help me...

regards from germany Vickie

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 09:36


So, I want to get my head around your setup there... are you saying that you have an existing server, which already has Webmin and Virtualmin installed on it?

You have some FTP users, but they were added manually... and you'd like to know if you can add some FTP users via Virtualmin without causing any trouble. Does that sound about right?

Have you done any manual configuration in the proftpd.conf file, or is it using defaults as far as you know?



Fri, 09/03/2010 - 05:21 (Reply to #2)
VirtualLife first THANKS for the fast reply!!!

I don't know in which way the actual (one and only user ROOT) ftp user was added. I'M a total noob in this... :(

The only thing I have done so far is installing Virtualmin. Webmin was already installed on the Server.

And I don't know where to find this file "proftpd.conf".

Sorry, I am really a total newbie....

regards, Vickie

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 08:48

Hi Vickie,

I have an unfortunate suspicion that you might have an uphill battle in front of you...

Virtualmin installation and setup works best when installed on a new server without any existing websites/domains running on it.

Currently, it wouldn't understand that you have domains hosted on your server, and wouldn't know how to associate a new FTP user with a particular domain.

So, I have two questions for you --

  1. What method did you use for installing Virtualmin? Did you use the script, or did you install the Virtualmin module on top of Webmin?

  2. After logging into Virtualmin, are you seeing a drop-down box on the top-left containing some of all of the domains running on your server? If so, is one of those domains the one you wish to add FTP users to?


Fri, 09/03/2010 - 10:29 (Reply to #4)

Hi Eric,

that sounds scary... :(

I've installed Virtualmin via Webmin as a module.

As I know are all our domains hosted via an extern webhoster... I think they are not directly registered on our server. The domains are all redirected to the server's IP adress. But in Webmin I can see one of our Domains... I guess it will be the only one which is registered directly on the server.

Maybe I can add ftp users manually without destroying anything on the actual configuration?


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