A copy of FileMaker Server is strongly recommended when using any FileMaker based system for 2 or more users. It is considered vital when the number of users exceeds 4. FileMaker Server will enable your system to be hosted on a seperate computer, making for a far more secure connection to your database. It will protect your files in the event of any system crash, it enables you to set a timed back-up shedule to desktop or remote back up or storage and will significantly speed up your solutions performance where 3 or 4 users or more are connecting. Just the one copy is needed to host up to 250 users of FileMaker Pro.
Note: In order to get the most gain out of the use of FileMaker Server it is considered best to have FileMaker Server running on a dedicated machine.
FileMaker Server 9 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5 or FileMaker Pro 9 licenses and is designed to be compatible with the following operating systems: Windows 2000 Server (SP4), 2003 Server (Standard Edition SP1), XP Pro (SP4) or Mac OSX/OSX Server (10.4.9+). FileMaker Server 9 is not yet compatble with Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard', check the Cruse Control website for the latest news of when this will be compatible (expected at the turn of the year.) If you need to use a previous version of FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server, please call +44 (0)1923 842 295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
For information regarding FileMaker Server 8, please click here. For information regarding FileMaker Server 7, please click here. For FileMaker Server 5.5 features, see below.
AUTO UPDATE OF PLUG-INS
Automatically update plug-ins on guests. Use powerful third party plug-ins with your FileMaker Pro solutions and deploy them to your guests.
Supports up to 250 guests simultaneously with up to 125 hosted files per server. Disconnect idle guests, allowing support of more than 250 occasional users.
LDAP DIRECTORY SUPPORT
Register FileMaker Server 5.5 on your LDAP server for easy login from FileMaker Pro 5.5 and tracking from the IT department.
HOST SINGLE USER FILES
Developers and administrators can work on the database files in single-user mode and FileMaker Server can be set to automatically host the files.
Automate the critical task of backing up your FileMaker Pro databases on a regular schedule while allowing guests to remain connected to the databases during the backup process.
Cross platform support for TCP/IP eases deployment for Windows, Mac OS X, and Mac OS workgroup guests.
Remote database administration function allows an administrator to keep track of users and files on the network, check workload levels, and monitor and review network file operation.
EASY TO INSTALL AND ADMINISTER
Be up and running in less than 5 minutes with the easy to use graphical user interface for setting up and configuring your server.**