1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 15, 2011 9:10 AM by philmodjunk

    Request for technical advice before deciding on what to buy

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      Request for technical advice before deciding on what to buy

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      As we are planning to put our database on our website for clients to view their valuation reports, we would need to check the followings:

      1. There will be around 200 active clients who may visit our website to view their reports, what will we need? The FileMaker Server or Server Advanced?

      2. We will send a path to our clients by email directing them to our logon page. They will ONLY be able to see their own valuation reports. Can we achieve this be making certain security settings in the FileMaker server?

      3. What will be the internet bandwidth that we will need for hosting such a database server? 10M? 50M? 100M?

      4. In order to keep our internal network away from any risk, we are advised to set up a separate broadband line for hosting the FileMaker Server. As we are currently using a Window based network, will it be better if we put our FileMaker Sever in a Mac instead of a PC. Are there any other problems that we may need to consider?

        • 1. Re: Request for technical advice before deciding on what to buy
          philmodjunk

          1) Depends on the publishing method used. Server Advanced is required for instant web publishing. If you set up one of the custom web publishing methods, you only need Server.

          2) If you give each user a different account/password, security settings can be used to limit what records they can access in your database. See "Editing record access privileges" in FileMaker Help and check out this particular sub section: "Entering a formula for limiting access on a record-by-record basis" for a detailed description of how to set this up.

          3) don't know, a lot depends on what each user will do when they are accessing the database.

          4) Not a problem, but you may want to research some of the companies that offer FileMaker Hosting services. They may be able to resolve many of the technical challenges for you and save you the need to purchase a copy of FileMaker Server Advanced (You'd rent the use of theirs instead.)