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Step 3: Add an FTP Source


Updated: November 27, 2015


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In this step, you add an FTP source to the BizTalk Service project. An FTP source represents the FTP Server where Fabrikam drops the flat-file message to be sent to Contoso.

To add an FTP source

  1. In the BizTalk Service project, open the Bridge Configuration area, right-click anywhere on the design area, and select Properties. For the BizTalk Service URL property, enter your BizTalk Services URL.

  2. From the Toolbox, drag and drop an FTP Source component onto the design area.

  3. Right-click the component and select Properties. The following table describes these properties:



    Content Encoding

    Specify the character encoding of the message. Default is UTF8. For this tutorial, retain the default.

    Content Type

    Specify Text or XML as the message file type. Default is Text. For this tutorial, retain the default.

    Entity Name

    Specify a unique and descriptive name of the FTP Source component. For this tutorial, specify OrdersSource.

    File Mask

    Specify a File Mask to filter the messages pulled from the FTP server. For this tutorial, enter *.txt.

    Folder Path

    Specify the folder on the FTP server that contains the messages to retrieve. For this tutorial, Contoso pulls all the messages from a MessageToContoso folder on the FTP server. Hence, enter MessageToContoso.

    FTP Transfer Mode

    Specify Binary or ASCII as the mode of transfer. Default is Binary. For this tutorial, retain the default.

    Initial Status

    Specify Stop or Start for the FTP Source. Default is Start. For this tutorial retain the default. If set to Start, the FTP Source component will be started when the BizTalk Service project is deployed.


    Enter the username password that can retrieve files from the FTP server.

    Server Address

    Enter the name of the FTP server or the IP address.

    Server Port

    Enter the FTP server port. Default is 21 and is typically used for FTP.

    Use SSL

    Select True if the connection to the FTP server must use SSL. For this tutorial, select False.


    Enter the username that can retrieve files from the FTP server.