Recommended Specs for Studio Suite 12


  • See this link for up-to-date minimum OS specs
  • Best: For Windows, Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition (with Desktop Experience), or Windows Server 2012 R2. For Mac, Sierra (10.12) or High Sierra (10.13)
  • Newer high-end 4+ core processor  (i7 or greater)
  • 16+ gig of RAM
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for hosted files.
  • Secondary drive for FileMaker Server generated backups
  • Optional: use OS tools (cron or Time Machine) to copy FMS backups to 3rd drive (or offsite)
  • Do not use backup tools to copy or backup the ‘live’ hosted files. Only copy or backup the FMS generated backups
  • Please DO NOT pre-install IIS. If required, it will be installed with FileMaker Server.
  • Turn off indexing on hosted files
  • Turn off hard drive and processor “sleeping” and/or energy savers
  • Use a UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply)
  • Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.8.0_161 or greater installed
  • Wired Ethernet (not wireless)
  • Use a dedicated server. We can not support a server that is multi-tasked, as problems can be caused by other software or their related applications and processes.
  • Please Note: We do not provide support for applications other than FileMaker & Studio Suite in your server environment, such as:  IIS, Apache, Networking, Router Settings, SSL, VPN, Java, OS Updates, Virus Protection, off-site backups, etc., therefore a qualified IT support person should be available to address these issues during the server install process.

Client Machines

  • See this link for up-to-date minimum specs
  • Windows 10 Pro & Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Standard & Pro, MacOS High Sierra 10.13, MacOS Sierra 10.12. Note that Windows Home version is not supported.
  • Newer high-end processor  (i5 – i7)
  • 4 or more (!) gig or RAM
  • Wired Ethernet if possible
  • At least 10% of hard drive space available.
  • Java 8 update 73 or greater.
  • IE11+ /  Safari 9+, or Chrome
  • Computer sleeping may disconnect Studio Suite, test and adjust as needed.
  • Safari 9+ or Internet Explorer 11 for WebDirect functionality


  • Wired Gigabit Ethernet
  • Avoid wireless network where possible
  • Do not have any “hubs” on the network, only switches.

· Clients on same subnet if possible