3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 18, 2010 1:21 PM by philmodjunk

    FM Server or Server Advanced?

    WIlliamDowns

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      FM Server or Server Advanced?

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      Hello, I have a pre-purchase question ...

      I am purchasing FMPA and I want to be able to give access to the records with co-workers on the LAN as well as those coming in via the WAN. I also need access for FM GO users with iPhones and iPads. I thought that the instant web publishing was going to be perfect but I'm a little fuzzy on if FM server does all this or do I need FM server advanced?

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: FM Server or Server Advanced?
          philmodjunk

          If all of your users will be using either FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Go to access the database, then you do not need IWP--which can only be done with FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server Advanced. You can just use FileMaker Server.

          Some people choose to pay a hosting company to host their database with FileMaker Server Advanced for them if they need to make it accessible to users with Web Browsers.

          • 2. Re: FM Server or Server Advanced?
            WIlliamDowns

            A quick look on Google show a few hosting companies that look like a good compromise. Are there any limitations on a hosted solution that your aware of? A recommendations ?

            Thanks for the response!

            • 3. Re: FM Server or Server Advanced?
              philmodjunk

              You'd need to talk to them and ask questions specific to your needs.

              If your solution sends out email, you may want to see what they have in terms of an SMTP server, for example.

              If you've never used IWP, create the IWP solution and test it on your own machine first before spending any money on hosting services. Compared to using filemaker clients, IWP can feel like tap dancing in a phone booth--some really cool moves are possible, but only if you can keep from colliding with the limits of what a web browser can do with an IWP FileMaker database.