Help setting up an FTP Server on Ubuntu Server 9.10
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You should be able to check it with runlevel command. And then switch back to it.
But why do you need a GUI for setting up a ftp server. It is much simpler than most of the servers. You could set it up using vsftpd config files. Theres only one for it and quite a self explanatory one.
Here is one link http://vsftpd.beasts.org/vsftpd_conf.html