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Chapter 23. Custom Web Publishing > Setting Up the Server-Side Components for C...

Setting Up the Server-Side Components for CWP

Three distinct server-side components make up the CWP “publishing chain.” Requests for FileMaker data via CWP come first to a Web server—either Apache (on Mac OS X) or Internet Information Server (on Windows). The Web server then routes that request to a Web Publishing Engine, a standalone server process that sits in between the Web server and FileMaker Server. The Web Publishing Engine processes the Web request, makes the appropriate call to a copy of FileMaker Server Advanced, and formats the returned data into XML, which it then sends back to the client via the Web server.

In theory, all three server-side components (Web server, Web Publishing Engine, and FileMaker Server), can be run on the same machine. In practice, this is not a good idea. We recommend that you use at least two machines for your CWP setup: one for the Web server and another for FileMaker Server. The Web Publishing Engine can be installed on either of those two machines. If you want, you can spread the deployment across three machines, and have the Web Publishing Engine sit on its own machine in the middle. We see the biggest gain in moving from a one-machine setup to either of the two-machine configurations.


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