FileMaker Server

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

FileMaker Overview

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

Implementing Security

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

FileMaker Mobile

Documenting Your FileMaker Solutions



Using FileMaker 8
Special Edition Using FileMaker 8
ISBN: 0789735121
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 296

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