How to Use Managed Code (C#) to Create a Simple FTP Logging Provider

by Robert McMurray

Microsoft has created a new FTP service that has been completely rewritten for Windows ServerĀ® 2008. This new FTP service incorporates many new features that enable Web authors to publish content more easily than before, and offers Web administrators more security and deployment options.

The new FTP 7.5 service supports extensibility that lets you extend the built-in functionality that is included with the FTP service. More specifically, FTP 7.5 supports the creation of your own authentication and authorization providers. You can also create providers for custom FTP logging and for determining the home directory information for your FTP users.

This walkthrough will lead you through the steps to use managed code to create a simple FTP logging provider.


The following items are required to complete the procedures in this article:

  1. IIS 7.0 or above must be installed on your Windows Server 2008 server, and the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager must also be installed.

  2. The new FTP 7.5 service must be installed.

  3. You must create a root folder for FTP publishing.

  4. You must use Visual Studio 2008.


    If you use an earlier version of Visual Studio, some of the steps in this walkthrough may not be correct.

  5. A folder for logging must be created; the code sample uses C:\logfiles\myftpsite, but you can change that if necessary.

Step 1: Set up the Project Environment

In this step, you will create a project in Visual Studio 2008 for the demo provider.

  1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

  2. Click the File menu, then New, then Project.

  3. In the New Project dialog box:

    • Choose Visual C# as the project type.
    • Choose Class Library as the template.
    • Type FtpLoggingDemo as the name of the project.
    • Click OK.
  4. When the project opens, add a reference path to the FTP extensibility library:

    • Click Project, and then click FtpLoggingDemo Properties.

    • Click the Reference Paths tab.

    • Enter the path to the FTP extensibility assembly for your version of Windows, where C: is your operating system drive:

      • For Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista: C:\Windows\assembly\GAC\_MSIL\Microsoft.Web.FtpServer\\_\_31bf3856ad364e35
      • For Windows 7: C:\Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\IIS
    • Click Add Folder.

  5. Add a strong name key to the project:

    • Click Project, and then click FtpLoggingDemo Properties.
    • Click the Signing tab.
    • Check the Sign the assembly check box.
    • Choose <New...> from the strong key name drop-down box.
    • Enter FtpLoggingDemoKey for the key file name.
    • If desired, enter a password for the key file; otherwise, clear the Protect my key file with a password check box.
    • Click OK.
  6. Optional: You can add a custom build event to add the DLL automatically to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) on your development computer:

    • Click Project, and then click FtpLoggingDemo Properties.

    • Click the Build Events tab.

    • Enter the following in the Post-build event command line dialog box:

      net stop ftpsvc
      call "%VS90COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat">null
      gacutil.exe /if "$(TargetPath)"
      net start ftpsvc
  7. Save the project.

Step 2: Create the Extensibility Class

In this step, you will implement the logging extensibility interface for the demo provider.

  1. Add a reference to the FTP extensibility library for the project:

    • Click Project, and then click Add Reference...
    • On the .NET tab, click Microsoft.Web.FtpServer.
    • Click OK.
  2. Add a reference to System.Web for the project:

    • Click Project, and then click Add Reference.
    • On the .NET tab, click System.Web.
    • Click OK.
  3. Add the code for the authentication class:

    • In Solution Explorer, double-click the Class1.cs file.
    • Remove the existing code.
    • Paste the following code into the editor:
    using System;
    using System.IO;
    using Microsoft.Web.FtpServer;
    namespace FtpLogging
        public class FtpLogDemo : BaseProvider,
            void IFtpLogProvider.Log(FtpLogEntry loggingParameters)
                // Note: You would add your own custom logic here.
                // Open the log file for output.
                using (StreamWriter sw =
                    new StreamWriter(@"C:\logfiles\myftpsite\myftplog.log",true))
                    // Retrieve the current date and time for the log entry.
                    DateTime dt = DateTime.Now;
                    // Retrieve the user name.
                    string un = loggingParameters.UserName;
                    // Write the log entry to the log file.
                        (un.Length == 0) ? "-" : un,
  4. Save and compile the project.


If you did not use the optional steps to register the assemblies in the GAC, you will need to manually copy the assemblies to your IIS computer and add the assemblies to the GAC using the Gacutil.exe tool. For more information, see Gacutil.exe (Global Assembly Cache Tool).

Step 3: Add the Logging Provider to FTP

In this step, you will add the demo provider to your FTP service and the default Web site.

  1. Determine the assembly information for the extensibility provider:

    • In Windows Explorer, open your C:\Windows\assembly path, where C: is your operating system drive.
    • Locate the FtpLoggingDemo assembly.
    • Right-click the assembly, and then click Properties.
    • Copy the Culture value; for example: Neutral.
    • Copy the Version number; for example:
    • Copy the Public Key Token value; for example: 426f62526f636b73.
    • Click Cancel.
  2. Add the extensibility provider to the global list of FTP providers:

    • Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

    • Click your computer name in the Connections pane.

    • Double-click FTP Authentication in the main window.

    • Click Custom Providers... in the Actions pane.

    • Click Register.

    • Enter FtpLoggingDemo for the provider Name.

    • Click Managed Provider (.NET).

    • Enter the assembly information for the extensibility provider using the information that you copied earlier. For example:

    • Click OK.

    • Clear the FtpLoggingDemo check box in the providers list.

    • Click OK.

  3. Add the custom provider to a site:

    • At the moment there is no UI that enables you to add custom features to a site, so you will have to use the following command line:

      AppCmd set site "Default Web Site" /+ftpServer.customFeatures.providers.[name='FtpLoggingDemo',enabled='true'] /commit:apphost


In this walkthrough, you learned how to:

  • Create a project in Visual Studio 2008 for a custom FTP logging provider.
  • Implement the extensibility interface for custom FTP logging.
  • Add a custom logging provider to your FTP service.

When users connect to your FTP site, the FTP service will create a log file in the path that you specified in the demo provider.