Server platform makes no difference to the hosted file because (almost) everything happens on the client. The only gotchas would be server-side scripts that use OS-level scripting: these will have to change since AppleScript (for example) is not cross-platform.
Watch the operating system update process. I'm currently tearing my hair out with user's computers running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 upgrading themselves to Windows 10. The user switches their computer on in the morning (running Windows 7) it says "I have to restart to install updates" so they click OK and 2 hours later it's running Windows 10. Yeah, 2 hours of lost productivity.
It'd be terrible if your server OS restarted itself, by itself.
PDF thumbnail inability on Windows server was reported.
PDF thumbnail inability on Windows server was reported
That was from a "client" running on Windows Server (if we are thinking of the same post on this board...). The server itself makes no difference to the thumbnails on clients.
I have never noticed a difference from running server on Windows or Mac. As already mentioned the only difference would be if you are using system level scripts on the server.
Also Windows Server won't do anything like auto-update itself to Windows 10 server. If you do run Windows as a server then follow the Filemaker guidelines and use Windows Server as the OS and not a client version of Windows Server.
I generally enable remote desktop access also so that you can log into the server itself for administration so you might want to look at that also.
Thanks for those tips Siplus, I've been using TeamViewer on a Mac server but it has not been very reliable so I might check some of those out.
Remote Desktop is fine though, couple that with something like HP's ILO and I can even on a dead server remotely.
Thank you all for your input. I am planing to go ahead with the switch. Ive been told by my windows friends that all the auto updates and other things you wouldn't want a server to do can be disabled.
What OS are you running for your windows FM server machine? Ive investigated "small business" server and some others. some of them are very expensive.
You should use a clean install of the correct version of the 2008 og 2014 - server.
I assume that you are using FileMaker 14 and will use FileMaker 14 server. If so have a look here:
And, if it is the first time you should probably have somebody helping you to have IIS installed correctly and by the book.
Next step is to follow the FileMaker installation guide and the instructions there. Yes!
Do not assume that it will work if you do not RTFM.
And, you did not write whether you where using Mac OS X Client or Mac OS X Server for your FileMaker Server. Both are OK.
Windows client OS's are not up to the task.
You must use one of the supported Windows Server OS's
Windows Server 2012
Do check the list of supported OS's on FileMaker's website. But don't go for small business server, it isn't officially supported and there are too many competing services bundled with it.
We use standard Windows 2012 R2, which works very nicely. You don't need to purchase any client access licenses (CALs) and recommend you dedicate this server only to FM Server.
The most likely problems you are likely to come across are likely to be firewall related, so ensure ports 5003, 16000, 16001 are open (again see FileMaker published TCP port requirements for FMS). Also read the FMS getting started documentation if you're intending to use WebDirect (in relation to IIS).
No problem running a local copy of FM Pro or Advanced for local management or support of the databases(s). Also, unlike Mac OS X, no permissions issues in terms of FM files.
MIcrosoft have a free version of Remote Desktop for RDP access (and a beta version) but the best we've found (as mentioned above) is Jump Desktop, both run on Mac and IOS and are on the App stores.
All the best
Windows Server 2012
14 is not supported on the non R2 variant...
we use server 13.
And on Windows Server (not R2) FMS 14 is merely deprecated (which translates in your "not supported") , not *not working*.
But in a nutshell you're right - on windows, if you use FMS 14 and want to have all Filemaker thumbs up, you should use R2.
Thanks for calling that out, my mistake. "not supported" is not equal to "you should make plans to get away from it".