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Securing communications between FotoWeb and Index Manager

This topic explains how the server-to-server communications work between Index Manager 8.0 and FotoWeb 8.0 and how to configure this connection in the Operations Center.

Requirements for pushing Index Manager metadata to the FotoWeb database

When Index Manager hosts archives for a FotoWeb 8.0 server, it must be configured to push metadata to the database on the FotoWeb server.

This setting can be found in Index Manager's Service Options, on the Indexing tab. Make sure you enable Push metadata to FotoWeb server there. If the Index Manager and FotoWeb are on the same physical Windows server, you can enter localhost:7200 to connect to FotoWeb's metadata database. If FotoWeb runs on a separate server, use the correct server name and make sure the firewall allows connections to port 7200.

Remember to save the settings and restart the service to incorporate the changes. When Index Manager starts up again it will start polling for the FotoWeb database until it can make a connection. You can find evidence of this in the log on the Operations Center status screen.

Important! Firewall considerations

Port 7200, which is used for pushing metadata from Index Manager to FotoWeb MUST NOT under any circumstances be accessible from the Internet.
Port 7000/7001, used for client communications from FotoWeb and FotoStation to Index Manager SHOULD NOT be accessible from the Internet, unless it is necessary to access Operations Center over the Internet. In the case of the latter, we strongly recommend using HTTPS and opening only port 7001.

FWP Protocol requirements

When setting up archives on the FotoWeb server, each archive connects to an Index on the Index Manager service. This communication runs over the FWP/FWPS (secure, TLS) protocols on port 7000 and 7001, respectively. If the FotoWeb and Index Manager servers are separate the firewall on these servers need to be configured to allow communications over these ports.

Tip: If Index Manager and FotoWeb servers are separate and run inside the same server room, using an unencrypted connection on port 7000 is recommended for performance reasons, since encryption is often not required for communications between servers in the same server room.