From the Field: Sharing FileMaker Databases with Remote Users - File Maker

If you’ve ever tried to log in to your FileMaker databases via TCP/IP you may have found that, no matter how good your connection, working in the database is like working in slow motion. The reason is that the traffic going between the client and the server is immense and it takes a long time for the data to travel.

One solution to this problem is to use Microsoft Windows Terminal Services and/or Citrix MetaFrame software, basically two server-based application servers.

An application server is a piece of software that allows a user to log in to the server from a remote location, start a copy of FileMaker Pro client on the application server, and use hosted databases in a speedy fashion. This process is so fast because only screen refreshes are sent back to your remote location, and all you send to the application server are mouse moves and keystrokes. You effectively eliminate all the heavy traffic caused by finding, sorting, and summarizing data that happens when FileMaker Pro is running on the remote computer instead of on the application server.

Citrix is great because it’s multi platform: Macs and PCs can both log in to the Citrix Server and start a session of FileMaker Pro. Also, when using Citrix, only the administrator has to keep the copy of FileMaker Pro in the Citrix Server up to date, though you’ll still need the same number of FileMaker Pro licenses for your users as you would when running over the tandard client /server LAN.

(Serving up FileMaker Pro to remote users using Microsoft Windows Terminal Services or Citrix MetaFrame is a hot new thing. At a recent FileMaker Developer Conference, some geeks were running FileMaker Pro through Citrix via a wireless PocketPC!)

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