2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2010 10:13 AM by philmodjunk

    Windows Server 2008 R2



      Windows Server 2008 R2

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      We are currently operating FM Pro10 over the peer to peer networking. We need to upgrade to the Filemaker Server and I am having a bit of a disagreement with our IT person. He is questioning in particular to the number of "CALs" that we need to get with the Windows Server. The standard # is 5 included in the 2008 R2 version of which I say is sufficient. IT says it should be more.

      I need the explanation from you so I can show in in writing that the user agreement in Filemaker Server ( up to 250) is included in agreement, provided that we have a sufficient number of licenses of the Filemaker Pro software.


        • 1. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2


          Thank you for posting.

          The full FileMaker Server EULA can be found here:

          In general, the license allows an installation of the FileMaker Server software with the following restriction regarding FileMaker Pro client connections:

          2. Restrictions.

              (a) Maximum Number. The "Maximum Number" of clients or sessions as used
          in this Section 2 is stated in your Software documentation and in the "Clients" tab of the
          FileMaker Server Admin Software.

              (b) FileMaker Pro Clients. You may not allow more that the Maximum Number
          of FileMaker Pro clients to concurrently access the Software. In addition, this License does
          not grant you any rights to use FileMaker Pro software, and you must separately pay for
          and license each copy of FileMaker Pro that is used with the Software.

          A Client Access License (CAL) is a license for connecting to Windows Server 2008. They are independent of FileMaker software and I cannot say whether they would be necessary for FileMaker Pro clients or not. Besides the CAL, you were correct in your assertion that you can have 250 connections to FileMaker Server assuming you have a license for each FileMaker Pro client.

          You can find more information regarding CALs on Microsoft's site:

          FileMaker, Inc.

          • 2. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2

            CAL's are not needed for FileMaker--at least we didn't need to purchase one. They can be useful in setting up domains for better management of your system but just hosting FileMaker on the machine doesn't not require buying additional CAL's.