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For security reasons, my institution is requiring me to migrate my FMS15 solution, currently residing on a MacPro in my office, to the IT data center. Since they do not run MacOS, this includes a migration to a hosted windows server running FMS advanced. I no nothing about windows (eg: what is a hosted win server vs simple win server ???) , so I will be totally dependent on the IT staff knowing what they are doing (and they barely know FM, I narrowly escaped having them try to recreate the solution in Access for $$$$$ ...): Current Environment · FileMaker Server Advanced running on local Mac OS12.12 system. · RAID-0, Solid State Drives · 8-Core CPU · 32gb RAM · FileMaker DB is 100gb with additional storage required for temporary files and local DB backups Proposed Environment · Hosted Windows Server running FileMaker Server Advanced · 4-CPU · 16gb RAM · 1tb Storage I have many questions/concerns, but would appreciate feedback on 2 issues: 1. Backups: My understanding is that FM is adamant that no backup system can touch a “live” database file, causing potential corruption. FMS has its own internal backup mechanism, and you point it to some external drive / directory etc, where it creates backups that can then be copied/archived by a system process or third party backup system. The IT manager I am discussing this with replied the following: "Backups should not be an issue either. We've been using this model on our SQL servers and have not experienced a single issue over many years. They do their backups and we do our own as well." I don't know what the windows server system is doing for backups, but are the FM warnings about letting other backup systems touch live FM files only for 3rd party SW, and system processes are OK? Any specifics I should communicate to the IT guys? Again, I know nothing about how win or win/server does this. 2. Performance: I am obviously worried performance will take a hit, if only from networking. I am hosting a dozen related files ranging from 1-50 GB, typically 5-10 concurrent local and remote users. The proposed environment seems less optimized for DB performance - what are the key parameters I should negotiate on? My current 32gb RAM may well be more than what is needed (I don't use any web or go functions, just straight FM clients), but can I determine from the admin console logs/stats how much is really needed? My request for SSDs was immediately shot down, how much can I get from various RAID configs they may or may not agree to? Thanks for any feedback - I am so not looking forward to this...