FMSA 11 allows you to set up the database in mulitple ways, using single, or multiple-tier server configurations. During set up, it will identify if you're running Apache (Linux/Apple) or IIS (Windows) and walk you through set up. Watch those permission settings for the DB files. Many "gotcha" problems can surface. However, with your Mac Mini having so many services running on it, be aware that if you have problems, it might be difficult to untangle and identify specific issues to correct. Mac Minis are cheap! Buy another another one and save time/stress!
Thank you for your help!
So, you're saying that everything I need to configure can be done through the FMS installation system, right?
Does that include SSL?
I know that buying an extra server would be worth it, but I only need to give access to 1 database on the web with about 15 users at the time. The reason I'm switching from FMPA to FMSA is that with Pro Advanced I need to keep a user logged in for FileMaker to be open and have my database shared!
I don't think this solution would drain all the Mac Mini's performance, don't you think?
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Pretty much... but remember that your SSL will be configured through your Web server (Apache or IIS). In setting up my FMSA 11, everything seemed to be pretty much straight forward. I would make sure your Web services are working correctly (including SSL) separately from setting up FMSA 11.Then if you have problems, you can isolate it to one system.
When separating out services on different hardware (or virtual environments), it's not necessarily about performance, it's also about configuration, strategy, reliability, and upkeep. Even if you have a small service, it's something you'll want your users to know can be trustworthy. Your one Mac Mini just seems to have a lot on its plate.