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VSFTPD Error: GnuTLS error -9: A TLS packet with unexpected length was received.

I was tasked with configuring VSFTPD to allow SFTP or FTPES (FTP over explicit TLS/SSL) tonight for a client. The configuration already had regular FTP working which I verified using FileZilla as an FTP client. I was able to login and transfer files in both directions to and from the server. Next I verified that SFTP worked without issue and I was able to also transfer files in both directions using SFTP. For FTPES I had to make some changes and once I did make the changes I was still getting an error when attempting to do a directory listing using FileZilla. Below I describe the initial changes I made to vsftpd.conf, the errors I received attempting to connect with FTPES, and the way I resolved the problem.

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How to SCP (Secure Copy) with FileZilla on Windows XP

You can easily transfer files from a server that has SSH (Secure Shell) running but not FTP (File Transfer Protocol) using Filezilla on Windows. When using Filezilla it will be called SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and will allow you to copy files from a server to your local Windows computer with ease. Follow the simple steps below to securely copy files from a server that is running SSH.

  1. Open Filezilla: First you will need to launch Filezilla. If you do not have Filezilla you can obtain it for free from this link.
  2. Open Site Manager: Click on File in the top navigation menu and then select “Site Manager” from the drop down. This will open¬†Filezilla’s Site Manager, as shown below, where you can add, delete, and modify sites that you visit often.

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How To SCP With Windows XP

I have been using my Windows XP laptop a lot more for server management and configuration. I have installed numerous utilities recently to help along the way including CGYWIN but had not installed anything to secure Copy files from my laptop to servers. I was on the phone with a friend who recommended WinSCP so…