FileMaker Server is the correct deployment option for most business-critical solutions. Databases hosted by FileMaker Server are always open, and can therefore be accessed by guests without concern that the host is unavailable (which is a concern with peer-to-peer sharing). FileMaker Server allows access for up to 250 concurrent FileMaker Pro clients.
FileMaker Server also has several built-in tools to aid with database administration. For instance, you can (and should!) schedule regular backups. You can also do things such as disconnect idle guests to free up resources and enable clients to automatically download updates of plug-ins. Data exchanged between FileMaker Server and clients can be encrypted with SSL, making FileMaker Server a secure deployment option as well.
For more information on these and other features of FileMaker Server, see Chapter 25, "FileMaker Server and Server Advanced," p. 779.
The connection between FileMaker Server and FileMaker Pro clients is network intensive, so this deployment option is most appropriate when all the clients are connected to the server via a fast local area network (LAN). Wide area network (WAN) client connections are possible, but performance may not be sufficient to meet users needs and expectations. In cases in which remote users need access to your FileMaker data, you may need to consider web publishing, or using a remote access tool such as Citrix/Terminal Services (discussed later in this chapter) as part of your deployment strategy.
Part I: Getting Started with FileMaker 8
Using FileMaker Pro
Defining and Working with Fields
Working with Layouts
Part II: Developing Solutions with FileMaker
Relational Database Design
Working with Multiple Tables
Working with Relationships
Getting Started with Calculations
Getting Started with Scripting
Getting Started with Reporting
Part III: Developer Techniques
Developing for Multiuser Deployment
Advanced Interface Techniques
Advanced Calculation Techniques
Advanced Scripting Techniques
Advanced Portal Techniques
Debugging and Troubleshooting
Converting Systems from Previous Versions of FileMaker Pro
Part IV: Data Integration and Publishing
Importing Data into FileMaker Pro
Exporting Data from FileMaker
Instant Web Publishing
FileMaker and Web Services
Custom Web Publishing
Part V: Deploying a FileMaker Solution
Deploying and Extending FileMaker
FileMaker Server and Server Advanced
Documenting Your FileMaker Solutions