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I keep some data on an FTP server.

Can I conect with ArcMap 10.1 to use this data?

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You need to use Python to connect to a FTP site - see this question and accepted answer -… – Mapperz Oct 31 '12 at 13:30
Copy - paste the code to Python Console or in Toolbox as a tool? – Vassilis Oct 31 '12 at 14:04
You can make a Python ToolBox and and the script - example… – Mapperz Oct 31 '12 at 15:33

Yes, you can but it really wouldn't be recommended.

Here is a really good post on ServerFault about mounting a FTP server connection as a local drive; you can then set this as a connection in ArcCatalog that you can use.

Be aware that when you open some datasources remotely that network/connection performance can be a severe impact on stability. If that connection crashes; you run the risk of having to clean-up the temp files.

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