FotoStation Client can be used to connect to the Index Manager on the Azure server. This way users can install a FotoStation Client on their local computer and connect to an Index Manager service running on Azure and use it in precisely the same way as if the server ran in their local network.
This requires you to modify the server's firewall settings, as by default the server does not allow incoming connections from a FotoStation Client. Access from FotoStation requires communications on these ports:
|TCP port 7000 / 7001||FotoWare Protocol. By default, unencrupted communication runs on port 7000, secure communication runs on port 7001.|
|TCP port 445||SMB / Windows networking. Optional for FotoStation features that require access to the server's file system.
This port is not open by default, and will have to be opened in the Microsoft Azure Management Console.
Another configuration alternative is to set up a remote access VPN on the server and send all client traffic through the VPN connection. In Windows Server 2012 the Remote Access role and VPN service can be used to this end.