Running FileMaker Pro 8 on Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

Running FileMaker Pro 8 on Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
FileMaker
®
Running FileMaker Pro 8
on Windows Server 2003
Terminal Services
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Contents
Chapter 1
Introduction to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
About Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
Terminal Services server
Terminal Services client (Remote Desktop Connection)
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
Benefits of using Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
System requirements
Installing Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services client software
(Remote Desktop Connection)
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Chapter 2
Using FileMaker Pro with Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
Installing FileMaker Pro on a Terminal Services server
Deployment recommendations
Environments for deploying FileMaker Pro files
Non-shared files
Connecting to FileMaker Server
FileMaker Pro feature issues
TechInfo Knowledge Base articles
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Appendix A
Standard requirements
FileMaker, Inc. standard requirements
Volume License Agreement (VLA)
Site License Agreement (SLA)
Windows Server 2003 and Terminal Services license requirements
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Chapter 1
Introduction to Windows Server 2003
Terminal Services
About Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
Terminal Services is a Windows Server 2003 component that lets you remotely access applications installed
on a Windows Server 2003 machine from a wide range of machines over most types of network connections.
Terminal Services has three components: the server, the client, and the protocol by which the server
communicates with the client.
Terminal Services server
When you are running Terminal Services in application server mode, all applications are run on the server.
The Terminal Services server sends only screen information to the client and receives input only from the
mouse and keyboard.
Terminal Services client (Remote Desktop Connection)
The Terminal Services client, called Remote Desktop Connection (RDC), uses thin-client technology to
provide the Windows Desktop to users. The client only needs to make a connection with the server and
display the visual information that the server sends.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is automatically installed when you install Terminal Services. RDP is
the only connection you need to configure in order for clients to connect to the Terminal Services server.
You can configure only one RDP connection per network adapter.
Benefits of using Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
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Organizations can deploy Windows-based applications on older systems that may have inadequate
resources.
Users can continue to use their current operating system and applications.
Organizations can deliver Windows-based applications to a variety of desktop environments and over
LANs and WANs.
Administrators only need to install and update one copy of an application on a server machine instead of
on all the computers in their network.
Networked applications will perform better over slow network connections.
System requirements
The hardware requirements for Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services depend mainly on how many
clients will be connecting at a time and the usage requirements of the clients. For more information, see
www.microsoft.com.
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The following clients are supported by FileMaker, Inc. at this time. Other clients may work as expected but
have not been tested with FileMaker® Pro and are not currently supported.
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Windows: Terminal Services Client (Remote Desktop Connection) version 6.0.2600.0 running in
Internet Explorer version 6.0.2800.1106
Mac OS: Remote Desktop Connection version 1.0.3 (040913)
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services shares executable resources among users, so memory
requirements for additional users running the same application are less than the requirements for the first
user to load the application.
Installing Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services client software
(Remote Desktop Connection)
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services client software (Remote Desktop Connection) should be installed
on every machine that needs to use Terminal Services.
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Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP: the Remote Desktop Connection software is installed by default.
You can also use Remote Desktop Web Connection.
Mac OS: you must download the Remote Desktop Connection software. See www.microsoft.com/mac.
Chapter 2
Using FileMaker Pro with Windows Server 2003
Terminal Services
FileMaker Pro on Windows Server 2003
Terminal Services
FileMaker Server
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services client
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services client
Standard FileMaker Pro client
Installing FileMaker Pro on a Terminal Services server
Note This installation requires FileMaker Pro Worldwide English (Volume License or Site License is
required).
To install FileMaker Pro on a Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services server:
1. Make sure Terminal Services has already been installed and configured on your Windows Server 2003
SP1 machine and you are logged on as administrator.
2. In the Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
Note Do not directly access the Setup icon on your FileMaker Pro Volume License or Site License CD.
3. Click Add New Programs.
4. Click CD or Floppy, then click Next.
The FileMaker Pro InstallShield Wizard appears.
5. When the License Agreement panel appears, read the Software License Agreement. If you accept the
terms of the license agreement, click I Accept.
6. Install FileMaker Pro by following the on-screen instructions.
For details about installation issues, see the Installation Guide for FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro
Advanced.
7. Click Finish when Add/Remove Programs has finished the installation.
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Deployment recommendations
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Estimate more RAM per client if your solution is memory-intensive or if you are serving multiple
applications in addition to FileMaker Pro.
Use a fast Pentium processor, preferably a Pentium III or Pentium 4.
FileMaker supports deployment and development of FileMaker Pro solutions running on Windows Server
2003 Terminal Services. Some aspects of development may not function as expected when using Terminal
Services clients as a FileMaker development environment. For more information on known technical issues
when using Terminal Services clients as a FileMaker development environment, see www.filemaker.com/
support.
Environments for deploying FileMaker Pro files
Non-shared files
Terminal Services clients can access FileMaker Pro files that are not shared over a network. Non-shared files
can be developed and deployed by Terminal Services clients just like any non-shared FileMaker Pro file.
Shared files and peer-to-peer hosting (FileMaker Network Sharing) are not supported on Terminal Services
clients.
Note To turn off sharing for a specific file, choose Edit menu > Sharing > FileMaker Network (Windows) or
FileMaker Pro menu > Sharing > FileMaker Network (Mac OS), select the file, then select No users.
Connecting to FileMaker Server
Use FileMaker Server (or FileMaker Server Advanced) to host files to the Terminal Services server. The
Terminal Services server deploying FileMaker Pro will access FileMaker Server to host FileMaker Pro files
to Terminal Services clients as well as local FileMaker Pro clients. When a user opens FileMaker Pro
running on Terminal Services, accessing FileMaker Pro files hosted by FileMaker Server is done in the same
way as accessing FileMaker Server under normal networking conditions. For more information, see
“Opening shared files as a client” in chapter 4 of the FileMaker Pro User’s Guide.
Note FileMaker Server should not be installed on the same machine with Windows Server 2003 Terminal
Services.
FileMaker Pro feature issues
Features not supported for Terminal Services clients:
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FileMaker Network Sharing
Instant Web Publishing
ODBC/JDBC sharing
Third party plug-ins. Plug-in developers must test and certify their support for the plug-ins they supply
to run under Terminal Services.
TechInfo Knowledge Base articles
Check the TechInfo Knowledge Base for articles regarding running FileMaker Pro on Windows Server 2003
Terminal Services. You can access the TechInfo Knowledge Base from www.filemaker.com/support.
Appendix A
Standard requirements
FileMaker, Inc. standard requirements
In order to use FileMaker Pro Worldwide English via Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services, you must
purchase a Volume License Agreement (VLA) or a Site License (SLA). Retail packages of FileMaker Pro
cannot be used with Terminal Services.
Volume License Agreement (VLA)
The FileMaker VLA is a transactional agreement that grants you the right to use the software on as many
computers as are listed on your custom license certificate. For information about the VLA, see
www.filemaker.com.
Site License Agreement (SLA)
The FileMaker SLA allows for any combination of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced,
FileMaker Server, FileMaker Server Advanced and FileMaker Mobile to be installed anywhere in your
organization of 50 or more employees or computers.
For more information on licenses, please call 1-800-725-2747 (weekends and holidays excluded). See
www.filemaker.com for details.
Windows Server 2003 and Terminal Services license requirements
For information about licensing requirements for Windows Server 2003 and Terminal Services, see
www.microsoft.com.
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