Remote-access Guide

filemaker server 14 remote access

by Mose Nolan Published 1 year ago Updated 1 year ago
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For FileMaker Pro 14 and newer Click File > Open Remote to access the Open Remote / Launch Center dialog box. Alternately, you can click File > Open and click the Hosts button.

Full Answer

How do I get remote access to FileMaker?

Native direct access to FileMaker Server via port 5003. VPN access to your network. Remote desktop access to a workstation on your network. We’ll go into the details of what is required for each option, and our preferences. This is the preferred option, as it provides the easiest access for our developers to work on your system.

What IP addresses do I need to set up FileMaker Server?

There are two sets of IP addresses to think about when setting up FileMaker Server to allow remote clients to login. The first IP address is the WAN (Wide Area Network) IP address, think of this as the phone number for the company or organization. This is how the router is called from the outside.

Should I use a VPN with FileMaker?

Depending on your VPN configuration options, you can grant access to your entire network, or only certain servers or IP addresses within your network. A VPN with full network access can be a good option if your FileMaker app integrates with other devices or servers on your network that we may need to test.

How do I start FileMaker Server Admin Console?

You can start FileMaker Server Admin Console on a Windows or macOS computer that has network access to the master machine in your FileMaker Server deployment. FileMaker Server delivers Admin Console as a web application that runs in a supported web browser. To start Admin Console: Use one of the following ways:

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What is the second IP address of FileMaker?

The second address is the LAN address of your server (the FileMaker host computer). This IP addresses is usually something like: 192.168.x.x or 10.0.x.x.

What port is used for FileMaker Pro?

Next enter the port number and/or port range. For FileMaker Pro clients use 5003. Additionally open port range 16000-16002 for FileMaker Administration access. This range is very useful for remotely administering the database server and should be open whenever possible.

How to access router configuration page?

To access the routers configuration page enter the Router address (Default Gateway) into a web browser address bar. This should prompt you for a username and password to log in.

Can FileMaker use both TCP and UDP?

Next is the Protocol, which can be either TCP, UDP or Both. For FileMaker we recommend both. If you don't have a both option then create two open ports for both TCP and UDP.

What is RDP in remote desktop?

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is automatically installed when you install Remote Desktop Services. RDP is the only connection you need to configure in order for clients to connect to the Remote Desktop Services server. You can configure only one RDP connection per network adapter.

What is remote desktop service?

Remote Desktop Services is a component of Microsoft Windows Server that lets you remotely access applications installed on a Windows Server machine from a wide range of machines over most types of network connections.

Does FileMaker host ICA?

FileMaker Server will host FileMaker Pro files to ICA clients via Citrix XenApp deploying FileMaker Pro and will continue to host files to standalone FileMaker Pro clients. When a user opens FileMaker Pro running on Citrix XenApp, accessing FileMaker Pro files hosted by FileMaker Server is done in the same way as accessing FileMaker Server under normal networking conditions.

What port does FileMaker use?

Here, all that is required is that your FileMaker Server have a static IP on your LAN (likely already done), and whoever manages your router/firewall then needs to open port 5003 and point traffic to the server. We can also help with this if needed.

Why is FileMaker so difficult to use?

For one thing, there is almost always a noticeable lag between the actions of your mouse or keyboard, and what you see on screen. The other reason it is not as efficient is simply because you are effectively working on a computer that is not yours. If you’ve ever tried to get work done on someone else’s computer, you will understand. It may not have the same customizations and shortcuts that you prefer. It might not even be the same operating system. And it won’t have the custom plug-ins and apps that we use to make our development time more efficient. Because of these reasons, everything takes more time… often much more.

How to add a custom certificate to FileMaker?

For a custom certificate, your DNS administrator will need to add <fms.website>.com as an A record to your public DNS and point it to the public static IP of your FileMaker server. For local traffic, you’ll want a local DNS entry pointing at the internal IP as well. That way, your users will get the green lock icon in FileMaker and won’t see warnings about the server not being secure.

How many options are there for remote access?

There are three main options for providing remote access, each with various benefits and trade-offs.

Does FileMaker require SSL?

If your FileMaker server is secured by only being accessible on your local network or via VPN, installing an SSL certificate is not necessarily a security requirement. Just know that FileMaker will still warn you that that your connection to the host is not secure, and users will not see the green lock icon.

Compatibility

FileMaker Server 14 supports the following clients: FileMaker Pro 14, FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced, FileMaker Pro 13, FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, FileMaker Pro 12, FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced, FileMaker Go 14, FileMaker Go 13, and FileMaker WebDirect.

System Requirements

Note: Windows 7, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mountain Lion Server, and OS X El Capitan are no longer supported. Please update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker Server 14.

FileMaker WebDirect

FileMaker WebDirect is accessible from a web browser. Supported web browsers include:

Capacities

The table below lists the tested and theoretical maximum simultaneous connection limits for FileMaker Server 14. Tested maximums reflect the test configuration and do not represent a guarantee of performance.

Where is port 16001?

Port 16001 is only available on the local host machine and not from a remote machine. To go directly to the Admin Console Start Page from a remote machine (FileMaker Server 16 and earlier) Open a web browser and enter: https:// [host]:16000. where [host] is the IP address or domain name of an external master machine in your FileMaker Server ...

Where is the log viewer saved?

Usually, the file is automatically saved in your browser’s download folder; however, your browser may let you select a location.

Is port 16001 available on a remote machine?

Port 16001 only available on the local host machine and not from a remote machine.

What is FileMaker Server 14?

FileMaker Server is a dedicated database server that opens FileMaker Pro files, makes them available to other machines on a network, and publishes FileMaker data in web pages on the Internet or a company’s intranet. FileMaker Pro is an application for creating and modifying database files. Before you install, confirm that your machines meet the minimum requirements. For information on the minimum hardware and software requirements, see http://www.filemaker.com/r/fms-specs.

What is the admin console in FileMaker?

FileMaker Server Admin Console is a web-based application that lets you configure and administer FileMaker Server. You can use Admin Console on machines that have network access to FileMaker Server and a supported web browser.

How to find FileMaker license key?

We recommend that you keep the license key in a safe place in case the software ever needs to be reinstalled. You received an email message with a link to your software download page. Your license key can be found on that page. The license key is customized for your organization. When installing software, enter the organization name exactly as it appears on the software download page. For example, the software download page may show this information: The license key ensures adherence to the single user license agr eement, which generally allows for use of one (1) copy of the Software on one single-machine deployment or on one multiple- machine deployment at a time (refer to your Software License). If the license key is invalid or if another copy of the software installed with that same license key is running on the network, the FileMaker Server software displays an error message. You can choose to deploy FileMaker Server components across two machines that work together to form a single FileMaker Server deployment. You must have a unique license key for each two- machine deployment, or obtain a volume license fo r more than one deployment. You must license one copy of FileMaker Server for each deployment.

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