2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 24, 2014 11:32 PM by mraed

    which computer as a server?



      which computer as a server?

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      I am working on a fmp -dataase, but are considering the server in addition - mostly due to security and backup issues because a database will be dealing with patient-information. 

      Which computer should I chose to host the filemaker server? I am considering buying a macbook pro to keep both my fmp and my filemaker server - is that a good option? - or would it be more flexible to buy a small stationary (mac mini with server), and a small laptop in addition. Can a access data from a windows pc if both the fmp and the fmserver is loacted on a macmini?

      I would greatly appricated any advice, 

      Thank you, 



        • 1. Re: which computer as a server?

          Hi Maria,

          a Mac mini is always a good choice for running a (FileMaker) server. I would not recommend running FileMaker Server on your personal laptop computer as this makes sharing your databases with other users more difficult. If there are no other user accessing the database you won't need FileMaker Server at all. The Mac mini does not necessarily have to be the server configuration and I would not use Mac OS X Server on that machine as FileMaker Server interferes with some of the services. Accessing a Mac-hosted database from a Windows client (and vice versa) works. Consider setting up FileVault full disk encryption if physical theft cannot be ruled out. 


          • 2. Re: which computer as a server?

            Hi Nils, 

            Thank you so much for your reply. I turns out that other programs which are used at the place were the filemaker solution I am creating will run (a doctors office) require a windows environment, so I have been advised to install the fm server at the same server that is hosting other patient records - a windows server. 

            As for now - I only have a mac - and I am setting up the database on that - hopefully there will be no issues transferring that to a windows fm application? 

            I would much rather work on a mac - but it seems like there are strong argument here in favour of a pc. 

            Thank you for your advice on FileVault full disk encryption - security is crucial for this solution.