5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2016 3:00 AM by rrrichie

    Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server

    andrewnzinuk

      Hi All

       

      We have successfully set up a peer to peer iPad/Server application. The system works well if your on the same network.

       

      We need to have www access to the Database from half a dozen Ipads, so we are considering File Maker Server.

       

      I assume it is simply a case of installing filemaker server on a another machine and following the configuration process.

       

      Is there a good document to follow, and any gotchas that we should consider and need to be aware of.

       

      It is a pretty simple database with half a dozen users. Any help, advice much appreciated.

       

      Thanks

       

      Andrew

        • 1. Re: Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server
          Johan Hedman

          There are so many advantages of using FileMaker Server.

           

               Backups

               Security

               Performance

               Availability

              

          and a lot more

           

          If you do not want to pay for a computer with FMS installed on, I recommend you to use FileMaker Cloud

          Access your custom apps in the cloud | FileMaker Cloud

          • 2. Re: Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server
            Mike_Mitchell

            Or use one of the excellent hosting services.

             

            Peer to peer is not only a security nightmare, it's also a corrupted database waiting to happen. I recommend staying away.

            • 3. Re: Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server
              andrewnzinuk

              Hi John

              Filemaker cloud not available in New Zealand yet.

              We tested with peer to peer as it was our first experience with Filemaker and we are doing it for a small not for profit club. We do have file maker server software available to us, and a hosting company that is willing to host the DB for free.

              So really want to know where to find a good set of instructions to follow.

              Thanks

              Andrew

               

               

               

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              • 4. Re: Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server
                Johan Hedman

                We do not have FileMaker Cloud in Europe either. Then you have a very good contact in

                Digital Fusion - https://www.teamdf.com/

                Goya - Goya Pty Ltd | FileMaker 15 Certified Developers

                 

                That can help you setup a FMS for your that could become a FM Cloud later on

                • 5. Re: Peer to Peer vs File Maker Server
                  rrrichie

                  FileMaker Server is not "just" installing and opening the database file.

                   

                  FileMaker Server has an Administration tool where you set things Johan mentioned, like backups, schedules etc.

                   

                  In the newer version you upload a file(s) to your server from within FileMaker.   It is possible to drag n drop the files in the right place, but you need to make sure you set permissions right of the file and folders.

                   

                  FileMaker Server is not "hard" but it really is a good idea to read the installation and some material on how to set it up.  In contrast to most other apps where we tend to just install and see what the day brings :-)

                   

                  If you only use iPad and FMGo you don't need to worry about the WebServer part...

                   

                  Here's some documentation : FileMaker Server 14 Configuration Guide and the files included with server are a good place to start and do include information you need to read :-)

                   

                  The cloud option is great if you don't want to concern yourself with all the details.  If you want to go that route just set it up in the US.  It will be available in other countries once amazon has it configured/supported it in local datacenters.