FMS13 Two Machine Deployment and WebDirect

Discussion created by jcooper on Mar 13, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 13, 2014 by steveromig

Hi All,


We're currently running FMS12 on an old MacPro Tower (2xdual-core with 9GB) and are planning to move to FMS13. One of he big reasons is Web Direct. But it seems to eat up a lot of resources (12 cores for a few dozen connections). My plan (which is in flux right now) is to migrate the server to a 2009 xServe (Quad-Core Xeron, 12GB) that HAD been our FMS11 host. I know this configuration could only handle a handful of webdirect connections (half a dozen, more or less) before tanking, but budgetary constraints prevent my running out and buying a new $10k rack server anytime soon. What I could do is somthing in the $2k range.


So, being stuck with a 4-core rack server and I was wondering if anyone knows, as far as WebDirect, where are most of the resources consumed: The master machine or the worker machine?


Basically, I'm trying to squeeze as many WebDirect users out of as cheap server juggling as I can, without slowing our database server to a crawl for the 30-40 local users who hit it each day wth FMP and FMG.


Also, anyone know if it's possible go across platforms in a deployment? A Mac master machine with a Windows worker, or visa versa? I have this XServe sitting here I don't want to waste, so I'd like it in the mix. If I need to go with a Mac Mini for the worker, so be it. But if I can get more umph for my dollar out of a Windows box, I'm happy to do it.