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Hi everyone, 

in the near future we would like to connect our first office with a new one, some 300miles from the first. We are running a FMS14 server and the clients are connecting via FMP.

Currently I am looking into a dedicated line from Telekom that is providing a dedicated LAN connection between the two offices (called LAN connect or Ethernet Connect). They have different bandwidths, starting at 2,5Mbit/s to 5 MBit/s and going up to 10GBit/s (unaffordable obviously). 

Has anyone done tests with a line like this and experience with performance? I am not looking into the usual tweaks that can help WAN performance (unstored calcs etc), I would be really interested in what a dedicated Ethernet line does compared to a fast Internet connection.

Furthermore- where could I look at the server to calculate the actual needed bandwidth  of that line?

I tested using FMS14 on an EC2 machine with a fast internet connection (the EC2 M4 Extra Large)  connecting with a 50MBit / 10 MBit Internet connection but was not happy with the performance.

Thanks for your opinions. 

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If you designed your solution well, you will need 256kbit pr user. I prefer users to have the user interface on their local machine and the data on a server.

I would run the solution on a KOVE XPress Disk or on a RAM disk in any other machine.

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23 minutes ago, ggt667 said:

If you designed your solution well, you will need 256kbit pr user. I prefer users to have the user interface on their local machine and the data on a server.

I would run the solution on a KOVE XPress Disk or on a RAM disk in any other machine.

Hi ggt667, 

thanks for replying to this. What I am trying to find out is how to somehow measure the necessary bandwidth with the database I have buildt. This would move me from thinking that I might have designed well to knowing I have the right bandwith needed. 

Good idea to have the interface on a local file. That will be possible. 


Thank you.

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On 16. März 2016 at 11:16 AM, liltbrockie said:

The best way to do this is by way of a remote desktop connection using a server as the remote desktop manager... anything else is a compromise.

Yes, this would be great performance wise. But then I would like to have users log in with a profile. If I remember correctly, multiple user sessions can only be done with a program such as http://www.aquaconnect.net/remote-desktop-services or what would you recommend? All users are using macs. Thanks

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On 14 February, 2016 at 4:45 PM, cat traveller said:

Good idea to have the interface on a local file. That will be possible. 

Yes, and the best thing; I believe, is to push it as a plugin updaate to each user.

On 16 March, 2016 at 11:16 AM, liltbrockie said:

The best way to do this is by way of a remote desktop connection using a server as the remote desktop manager... anything else is a compromise.

I have been using Citrix, VNC and remote desktop, the best client I have seen to date for VNC and RDP is guacamole

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There are howtos on the internet for that. It makes it easier to distribute and keep the solution at scale for WAN solutions.

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On 16. März 2016 at 11:16 AM, liltbrockie said:

The best way to do this is by way of a remote desktop connection using a server as the remote desktop manager... anything else is a compromise.

I would really like to know what program you would use for access. Obviously, there would have to be a multiple user logon to the server. If I remember correctly real VPN is only one user logged onto the server, right?

On 30. März 2016 at 9:54 PM, ggt667 said:

I have been using Citrix, VNC and remote desktop, the best client I have seen to date for VNC and RDP is guacamole

Thanks for the suggest, but VNC is only for a single user session logon, right? Guacamole is only for linux and windows? What would be your alternative to use for a mac osx server and multiple users?

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16 hours ago, cat traveller said:

Thanks for the suggest, but VNC is only for a single user session logon, right? Guacamole is only for linux and windows? What would be your alternative to use for a mac osx server and multiple users?

Guacamole requires a web browser with HTML5 for the client( meaning Windows, linux and mac users can connect to any of the protocols mentioned below ) and 
basically any unix system with tomcat8 to run the server side, I run mine in linux( my experience. ) It should run just as fine in MacOS X.

Guacamole is for all practical purposes a HTML5 remote login client that enables you to login to: VNC, MSRDP, ssh, and telnet. 

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