provide a 'no-software' method for 'less technical' users to access password protect ftp location from Windows 7 and Vista (existing approach for Windows XP works).
'No software' method to mean without installing additional software (e.g. FileZilla, WinSCP) - the solution is supplied to external non-technical users.
Windows XP (works):
Using Windows Explorer, Windows XP supports non-technical ftp access by pasting:
into the address bar.
The remote ftp site's files / directory structure becomes available and can be copied to / from easily (in the style of local file copy / paste) by a 'less technical' user.
Windows 7 / Vista (doesn't work):
Pasting the same URL into the Windows Explorer on Windows 7 or Vista causes an error:
An error occurred opening that folder on the FTP server. Make sure you have permission to access that folder. Details: The connection with the server was reset.
a) The same username/password/server typed from the (DOS) command line achieves access to the server, but this is a more 'technical' solution than desired. I am looking for a Windows XP equivalent solution.
b) Under 'Control Panel' / 'Internet options' / 'Advanced' tab - the boxes for 'Enable FTP folder view' and 'Use Passive FTP' are ticked (enabled)
c) Adding an inbound firewall rule for local port 20 (TCP) was attempted with no difference in results (I.e. failure)