Enable Active Mode FTP in Internet Explorer

By default Internet Explorer is configured to run in passive mode ftp when using it as an ftp client (over http).
To change the Internet Explorer FTP client mode to Active, do the following,

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Uncheck the box "Enable Folder View for FTP sites"
  5. Uncheck the box "Use Passive FTP"
  6. Click ok
  7. No reboot is required.

Then test by entering your details, ftp://[username]:[password]@[]

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