Index Manager provides search and metadata services both to FotoStation and FotoWeb.
When configuring a system that involves both FotoWeb and Index Manager, it is possible to run Index Manager and FotoWeb on separate network servers. This is usually the preferred way to configure the system to achieve the best possible performance.
When Index Manager and FotoWeb run on the same server
When Index Manager and FotoWeb run on the same server, Index Manager automatically detects whether FotoWeb has been activated on the server and starts pushing indexed metadata to the MongoDB database that FotoWeb uses. Metadata from all indexed assets are pushed to the database, whether the index(es) have an associated FotoWeb archive or not. This push of metadata to localhost happens whether the Push metadata to FotoWeb server options is enabled or not.
When Index Manager and FotoWeb run on separate servers
In configurations where Index Manager and FotoWeb are installed on separate servers, Index Manager needs to be configured to connect to the MongoDB database before it can start updating its metadata records. This is done in the Index Manager configuration in the Operations Center: Go to the Service Options tab, choose the Indexing tab and enable Push metadata to FotoWeb server in the FotoWeb Server section. Choose Connect to a single MongoDB host and enter the host name of the FotoWeb server. Then click on Save to update the changes.
IMPORTANT: Communication between Index Manager and FotoWeb runs on port 7200 - Make sure the network firewall on the FotoWeb Server allows incoming connections on TCP port 7200 from the Index Manager server.
TCP port 7200 must NOT be open for access from an external network. Making this port publicly available, for instance from the Internet, poses a security liability.
When Index Manager pushes metadata to a MongoDB Replica set
If you are running your own MongoDB server or replica set, learn more in this article.