1. SQL Server 2014 on both Publisher & Subscriber.
  2. Publisher & Subscriber are across the internet.
  3. Replication is Transactional Replication

Error messages:

The process could not connect to FTP site '' using port 21. (Source: MSSQL_REPL, Error number: MSSQL_REPL20032)

Get help: http://help/MSSQL_REPL20032

220 Microsoft FTP Service

534 Policy requires SSL.

(Source: MSSQL_REPL, Error number: MSSQL_REPL12003) Get help: http://help/MSSQL_REPL12003

Is there a way around this without relaxing SSL policy for the FTP Server ?

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Yes you can. You open the FTP site in IIS and change the SSL Settings from Require to Allow.

You have to check with the owners of the FTP site if this is allowed and I would recommend to use https if possible as this way you are transmitting the username and password using cleartext

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  • thanks for your answer - however, I mentioned that I don't want to relax the SSL policy when possible.
    – YS.
    Jun 17, 2015 at 12:08
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    Sorry, missed that. Then you have to use web replication, or script the ftp download and set up an alternative folder where you FTP the files to on the subscriber
    – Spörri
    Jun 17, 2015 at 14:08

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