I want to access fm pro bases from iPads. Can I do it with os x server installed on a mac mini and the version of fm pro 14 advance that I currently use or do I need fm pro server also. And if I need fm pro server do I also need os x server.
OSX Server: no; and remove it if presently installed.
FileMaker Server: yes
It will not let me reply to the op because the answer was marked as correct. The answer is misleading.
FMS is not required to share a database. FMP can host the database. FMP can have up to 5 concurrent connections which includes FMGo. FMS only comes with one connection for FMGo, and additional connection license have to be purchased.
Oh, ok, so I don't need server software at all? I was intending on purchasing a mac mini to act as server, but I only have one copy of fmpro 14 on my laptop, so I would have to install it on the mac mini and do as you replied? If I wanted to keep fmpro 14 on my laptop then I would need to purchase the server software and install it on the mac mini?
If you are going to have several users (over 5) connecting at the same time to the hosted database then you would then need fms. FMP can host small offices. 5 users can connect to the database at the same time. (5 concurrent users). You can keep fmp on your laptop and purchase an addition copy of FMP to host the database.
You can purchase FMP or FMS to host the database.
FMS is required for webdirect. FMS uses connection license for FMGo and Webdirect. FMS will only come with one connection license for webdirect and FMGo. (It is the same license on FMS) Additional licenses are available for purchase.
FMP will allow five user total from all devices. (Computers / FMGo)
You can call FM sales department and they will be happy to go over everything that you will need. FM software is also available for lease, which might fit your budget better.
Thanks for your help
Don't even think about not getting server.
It's a penny wise pound foolish approach that lacks important features like scheduled backups, robust protection against client app crashes, etc.
The OP did not provide enough information to state that he need FMS. His question was "Is FMS required to host a database so he can connect to it from an ipad" and the answer to that question is no it is not required. He is using a Mac whcih has time machine which does backups regularly, so a small operation may not need the backup of FMS.
You can you use an onTimer Script to create an automatic backup, that will backup a database hourly on a FMP hosted database. There are options.
Important to note the Time Machine will skip any open files so it will not be a reliable backup by any stretch.
Certainly the onTimer script can be set up but should be setup to run only for the host and not for clients logging in. That in itself is more complex scripting.
All in all, I would agree that FileMaker Server is not required to host a solution for access by iPads but the benefits far outweigh the cost going forward. So my advice would be to test the solution with FileMaker Pro as the host and then install FileMaker Server to go live.
I used peer sharing with FMP with FM12. It worked, but FMS is much faster and certainly worth the expense if you have more than 3 clients.
If you only have 2-3 clients this will work fine for you.
I agree two ipads should not tax the database / host two much.
"two much" – I see what you did there
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