FMP 5 Server - Opening, Closing, Hosting 
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 FMP 5 Server - Opening, Closing, Hosting
I have a couple of questions abt FMP5 Server as I am considering purchasing
it.

I have quite a large solution that consists of abt 10 related databases on a
MAC.

At present, I use it in a multiuser enviroment, however, it really sucks
because host/client changes everytime someone opens/closes a database.

If I purchase the server version, will it  !!Be the host and remain the
host?  What are some considerdations that I must take before allowing this
solution to be served on FMP5 Server.

Richard



Thu, 12 Sep 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 FMP 5 Server - Opening, Closing, Hosting


Quote:
> I have a couple of questions abt FMP5 Server as I am considering purchasing
> it.

> I have quite a large solution that consists of abt 10 related databases on a
> MAC.

> At present, I use it in a multiuser enviroment, however, it really sucks
> because host/client changes everytime someone opens/closes a database.

> If I purchase the server version, will it  !!Be the host and remain the
> host?  What are some considerdations that I must take before allowing this
> solution to be served on FMP5 Server.

Server must reside on a dedicated machine, which runs FM Server as the
sole and foreground application.  When Server launches, it automatically
opens and hosts any files inside its folder, and those files remain open
and hosted until shutdown or scheduled pause for backup. Server makes
backups VERY easy, by having scriptable pauses where files are saved
into a separate folder where they can be backed up by Retrospect or
other backup software.

You can test out this situation by designating a dedicated machine in
your current situation. Host the files using regular FM, open them first
thing in the morning and let everyone else guest into those files. Do
not allow any work on that machine.  Make sure everyone opens the files
using the "Hosts" button, not Mac filesharing. In fact, depending on how
many users you have, this simple change might help out enough that you
don't need Server, though I do recommend Server as it makes backups so
much easier.

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