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LAN-Based

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LAN-Based systems are the most common type of FP2 configuration, and are recommended for multi-user installations.  All computers with FP2 Client software share a LAN with the Server computer.  The FP2 Client uses Windows Computer Name to identify the Server in a LAN environment.

 

Generally, the FP2 Server is pre-configured for a Single Computer or LAN-Based configuration, but if there are difficulties connecting Clients to the Server in a LAN-Based system, refer to the FP2 Configuration Settings documentation.

 

A VPN is sometimes considered to be similar to this system, but actually shares more of the characteristics of an Internet-Based configuration, especially in terms of overall performance.

 

LAN-based configurations are also very common when using Virtual Server software.

 

Advantages:

Good system performance.

Easy to set up and add additional workstations.

Allows flexibility on backup and file storage.

 

Disadvantages:

Requires that all FP2 Client computers be on the same LAN as the Server.