Thank you for your post.
You can either put FileMaker Server on the same machine as your Web Server, or you can put the FileMaker Server on a separate machine. Chapter 2 of he Getting Started Guide shows different machine setups, so you may want to decide which one works best for you.
As far as communicating with your web server, you can use Instant Web Publishing or Custom Web Publishing with PHP or with XML and XSLT. Review each of those manuals for which will work best for you.
Hopefully, someone else on the forum will chime in with their experience with connecting to an existing web site.
Thank You TSGal!
I currently have FileMaker Server and the Web Server on the same machine.
Having everything on one machine makes everything a lot easier. That is, no firewall issues, open ports between machines, etc.
Therefore, just look at the three different ways to display your data over the web. That is, Instant Web Publishing, Custom Web Publishing with PHP, and Custom Web Publishing with XML and XSLT.
using the odbc driver that is delivered with your filemaker cd, it works.
Example connection string for the .net odbc side:
<add key="importdemo.odbc.connection" value="DSN=my_filemaker_dsn;UID=my_filemaker_user_name;Password=my_filemaker_password;SDSN=my_filemaker_table;HST=192.168.1.112;PRT=2399"/>
this is a connectionstring for the System.Data.Odbc.OdbcConnection, and yes, you have to define a system dsn named my_filemaker_dsn for the sequelink driver.
Some examples connecting .net via the filemaker own odbc driver to filemaker server can be seen on:
A general source when you have connection problems on .net is www.connectionstrings.com, but in the case of filemaker i think it is nearly useless.
And, very important ... you should fm server and the standard website be the only things running on this machine. No sql server, no exchange or other software running on this machine. I tried to, and i experienced the odbc connection getting somewhere between unstable and totaly broken down and no chance to get it repaired. The installation i have now, w2k3, iis with standard website, filemaker server with odbc enabled, and realy no more software, is running stable.
gretings from germany