How to Install and Use FileMaker Server 12 Advanced
FileMaker Server 12 Advanced is a powerful and reliable platform for hosting and managing FileMaker Pro databases. FileMaker Server 12 Advanced allows you to share your data with up to 250 concurrent users, access your data from web browsers and mobile devices, and use advanced features such as ODBC/JDBC support, external authentication, and progressive backups.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use FileMaker Server 12 Advanced on Windows or Mac OS. We will also provide some tips and best practices for optimizing your FileMaker Server performance and security.
Installing FileMaker Server 12 Advanced
Before you install FileMaker Server 12 Advanced, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements for your operating system. You can find the system requirements on the Claris website[^1^]. You will also need a valid license key for FileMaker Server 12 Advanced, which you can purchase from Claris or an authorized reseller.
To install FileMaker Server 12 Advanced, follow these steps:
Download the FileMaker Server 12 Advanced installer from the Claris website[^1^] or insert the installation disc into your computer.
Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need to accept the license agreement, enter your license key, and choose a destination folder for FileMaker Server.
After the installation is complete, launch the FileMaker Server Start Page from the Start menu (Windows) or the desktop shortcut (Mac OS).
The FileMaker Server Start Page will open in your web browser and prompt you to run the Deployment assistant. The Deployment assistant will guide you through the configuration of FileMaker Server, such as setting up your network settings, creating an admin account, enabling web publishing, and choosing a backup schedule.
After you finish the Deployment assistant, you can access the FileMaker Server Admin Console from the Start Page or by entering https://localhost:16000/ in your web browser. The Admin Console is where you can manage your FileMaker Server settings, databases, clients, schedules, logs, and statistics.
Using FileMaker Server 12 Advanced
Once you have installed and configured FileMaker Server 12 Advanced, you can start hosting and sharing your FileMaker Pro databases with other users. To do this, you need to upload your databases to FileMaker Server using one of these methods:
Use the Upload to FileMaker Server command in FileMaker Pro. This is the recommended method for uploading databases that are not currently open by other users.
Use the Admin Console to upload databases from your local computer or a network location. This method allows you to upload multiple databases at once.
Copy or move your databases to the Databases folder in the FileMaker Server installation directory. This method is useful for transferring databases from another FileMaker Server or a backup location.
After you upload your databases to FileMaker Server, you can open them from any of these clients:
FileMaker Pro: You can use FileMaker Pro to connect to FileMaker Server and open hosted databases. You can also use FileMaker Pro to create new databases or modify existing ones on FileMaker Server.
FileMaker Go: You can use FileMaker Go on your iOS device to connect to FileMaker Server and open hosted databases. You can also use FileMaker Go to create new records or edit existing ones on FileMaker Server.
FileMaker WebDirect: You can use FileMaker WebDirect on your web browser to connect to FileMaker Server and open hosted databases. You can also use FileMaker WebDirect to create new records or edit existing ones on FileMaker Server.
ODBC/JDBC: You can use ODBC/JDBC drivers to connect to FileMaker Server and access hosted databases from external applications such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or SQL queries.
Tips and Best Practices for FileMaker Server 12 Advanced
To ensure optimal performance and security of your FileMaker Server 12 Advanced, here are some tips and best practices that you should follow: