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Windows 7 Pro production server deployments

Question asked by CarlSchwarz on Jun 17, 2014
Latest reply on Jul 8, 2014 by taylorsharpe

I'm deploying some servers on standalone hardware that is running nothing but FMS 13 and I'm considering the OS.

There is no "FM Server 13 configuration guide", but there is a server 12 configuration guide and it says this:


FileMaker Server will run on client versions of

Windows such as Windows 7. While appropriate for offline development, testing, or

demonstration purposes, these OS versions are not recommended for production deployments.



The closest guide I could find was the FMS13 getting started guide which said similar things but omitted the OS recommendataion. The only OS restriction in the FMS13 guide was that Windows 7/8 could not do multiple machine deployments.

So I was wondering is there any reason for avoiding Windows 7 for production deployment? Does anyone have more in-depth technical knowledge besides not recommended? Or is it all fine?


Also as a side question, is there any reason to use Windows 8 instead?