- Plesk for Windows
Unable to log in as a domain's FTP user:
CONFIG_TEXT: Cannot log in, home directory inaccessible
CONFIG_TEXT: 530 User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible
It is not possible to upload files using FTP:
CONFIG_TEXT: An error occurred copying a file the FTP Server. Make sure you have permission to put files on the server.
200 Type set to I.
227 Entering Passive Mode(203,0,113,2,255,28).
550 index.html: Access is denied
When logging in locally from the server, the following error is shown:
CONFIG_TEXT: C:\Users\Administrator>ftp example.com
Connected to example.com.
220 Microsoft FTP Service
User (example.com:(none)): plesktest
331 Password required
530-User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible.
Win32 error: The system cannot find the path specified.
Error details: File system returned an error.
Unable to open a folder in File Explorer:
CONFIG_TEXT: An error occurred opening that folder on the FTP Server. Make sure you have permission to access that folder.
The connection with the server was reset
There are several possible causes. This error occurs if any of the following statements are true:
Server hostname is longer than 15 symbols.
A domain is resolved to a different IP address which is not configured in Plesk.
The user does not exist in Conections pane under IIS > Sites > <IP_address> > localuser.
IP Address mapping is not configured correctly.
A user does not have permission to read the home directory under IIS > <IP_address> > localuser > example.com > FTP Authorization Rules.
FTP_ROOT_Dvalue is set incorrectly or missing from Windows registry under
The incorrect path is specified under IIS > Sites > Right click on <IP_address> > Manage FTP Site > Advanced Settings > Physical Path (tab) . The path should not include the space sign.
Depending on the version of IIS, the path may vary. For example, in IIS version 6 it will be: IIS 6 > FTP Sites > IP > Properties > Home Directory > Local path. If there is no relevant path specified, correct it so that it redirects to
The FTP user link file
C:\inetpub\vhosts\Servers\8\localuser\system_user\example.com\is missing FTP user permissions.
The FTP user has no access to a domain home directory or is not listed in the access list.
The FTP user home directory name begins or ends with space.
FTP site is absent from IIS.
- The hostname used for connecting to the FTP server resolves to IP address which differs from the one configured in Plesk.
Other possible causes are described in this Microsoft article: Error message in IIS: "530 User cannot log in. Login failed."
Change the hostname for Windows Server 2008:
1.1. Right-click the My Computer icon and choose Properties .
1.2. Select the Computer Name tab and click on the Change button.
1.3. Restart the server.
To change the hostname on Windows Server 2012 and newer:
1.1. Go to Control Panel > System > Change Settings > Change... and insert another Computer name (which should not contain more than 15 characters).
1.2 Restart the server.
Check that a domain is resolving to the same IP that has been configured in Plesk. You can use the following command:
If your server is behind NAT use the internal IP address that forwarded to external in NAT rules.
Make sure that FTP user exists in IIS > <IP_address> > localuser . If it does not exist, reconfigure FTP server according to step 5.
Check that the user is able to read the contents of the home directory. IIS manager > Sites > Right click on %IP_address% > Manage FTP Site > Advanced Settings > Physical Path
If not, reconfigure the FTP site using the instructions in the next step.
Reconfigure FTP server.
For Plesk 8 and Plesk 9 only: Repair permissions on the home folders of the problem domain. This can be done using the Control Panel: go to Domains, mark the problem domain, and click on Check permissions.
Before reconfiguring FTP make sure that main domain of subscription is active.
For Plesk 11.0 and earlier: Use the Plesk command line tool
C:\> "%plesk_bin%\ftpmng.exe" --remove-vhost --vhost-name=example.com "%plesk_bin%\ftpmng.exe" --reconfigure-vhost --vhost-name=example.com
For Plesk 11.5: Use the utility
C:\> "%plesk_cli%\repair.exe" --reconfigure-ftp-site -webspace-name example.com
If this issue occurs with every domain, you can repair the FTP configuration for all domains using the following commands:
For Plesk 11.0 and earlier: Use the Plesk command line tool
C:\> "%plesk_bin%\ftpmng.exe" --remove-all"%plesk_bin%\ftpmng.exe" --reconfigure-all
For Plesk 11.5 and Plesk 12 Use the utility
C:\> "%plesk_cli%\repair.exe" --reconfigure-ftp-sites
For Plesk 12.5.30 and Plesk Onyx use
C:\> plesk repair ftp
Note: The above commands will not affect website functionality. However, any custom FTP configuration will vanish.
Open Registry Editor (
Start > Run > regedit), navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PLESK\PSA Config\Config, check the
FTP_ROOT_Dpath and verify it corresponds to the existing physical directory. If the key does not exist, create it (the key type is String).
Check the physical path for FTP sites in IIS > Sites > <IP_address> > Basic settings > Physical Path. This should be part of
FTP_ROOT_Dfrom the previous step.
Verify that the system user folder (FTP user) of a subscription exists in the FTP site path (see Cause). For example,
C:\inetpub\vhosts\Servers\8\localuser\system_user\example.com\. If it does not, find a folder which contains this folder, for example
C:\inetpub\vhosts\Servers\7\, and change the Physical Path accordingly.
Verify that the FTP user link file
C:\inetpub\vhosts\Servers\8\localuser\system_user\example.com\has Read&Execute permission for the FTP user (system_user).
Verify that FTP site exist under IIS > Sites > <IP_address>. If this site does not exist, go to Plesk > Tools & Settings > IP Addresses > Reread IP .
Install the latest Windows server updates via System > Windows Updates > Install. Reboot system if necessary.
If nothing helped, enable debug logging to get additional information on the issue: