if MikeDuncan is too humble to share this, I will!
FileMaker Server on AWS Start Guide | Soliant Consulting
Still relevant as a primer now that FileMaker has announced FileMaker Cloud:
Access your custom apps in the cloud | FileMaker Cloud
We are in the process of moving our system to AWS due to aging hardware. We intend on installing a FMs 15 server in addition to others. Can fm go still access FMS on AWS? I just heard that the only way in is via Remote Desktop..
Since we already have and AWS account an a FMs license with a recently renewed maintenance agreement, the FM cloud seems kind of redundant at this point
That might be a great question, martinc, directly to Mike Duncan and/or on the announcement thread:
Introducing FileMaker Cloud
It's going to be increasingly relevant to FM users. I did send a note to Mike.
enquiring minds want to know all that may not have been revealed through the FAQ and other links on this. I'm with you martinc!! Very relevant for many of my clients, too.
The short answer is Yes.
[We are in the final stages of testing before going live with AWS. We've got a dedicated instance running FMS.]
Although it was a little tricky configuring AWS's security settings, we've managed to get our iOS devices to VPN into our Cloud Network, and they've since had no troubles using FMGo.
What were the security issues. I'm having problems connecting and I opened the ports. Please share any experience and or solutions that worked.
Are you referring to iOS devices specifically? I found once the VPN connection was working on the iPad/iPhone, then we had no troubles. Only ports we opened were the recommended ones from the FMS documentation.
The biggest issue we had was getting a VPN up and running on AWS. And in reality, the biggest issue we had in doing that was finding some meaningful, logical and relevant information to assist us.
This issue was resolved when we used AWS Direct Connect. Here's a link explaining it:
AWS Direct Connect - Dedicated Network Connection to the AWS Cloud
As to how to create the VPN in the cloud, I had an external IT company configure that. However, I did manage to test this myself in a AWS Production setup. I found this document very handy [no idea who Web Development are, but it worked]:
How to setup your own private, secure, free* VPN on the Amazon AWS Cloud in 10 minutes by Web Development
One tip, if you're using iOS10, then PPTP isn't an option anymore. You would need to configure your VPN as a L2TP. We are still running iOS9 in-house so I haven't had to deal with it [yet].
I hope this helps ...
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