Originally Posted by rage10
can i do both? FTP and a Web server on one computer?
Don't use Windows. Set up a Linux box. Start with something easy like Ubuntu. Run SSH on the box and create usernames/passwords for each user. Then they can use WinSCP
to login and transfer files to the machine (create a directory with permissions for everyone). Then as root you can access all their files.
If you want to get fancy, you could setup up a VPN (e.g. OpenVPN) on your local network, then use Windows sharing to share a drive. Then users could VPN into your network and transfer their files to the windows machine.