Ports and communications
Index Manager works as the backbone of the FotoWare system, providing search and indexing services.
To this end, client communications between clients (FotoStation and FotoWeb) and Index Manager is based on two methods:
The FWP/FWPS protocol
This protocol handles searching, data mining, metadata read and write operations, and supports download of the archived assets from FotoStation without an SMB connection, though with some limitations.
The default FWP port is 7000, while SSL encryption is available using port 7001. A self-signed certificate is installed on the server during software installation.
The SMB / Windows file sharing protocol
Several client operations in the FotoWare environment rely on SMB file share access. This is true for both FotoStation and FotoWeb. Hence, it is recommended to run server and client software on the same Local Area Network. SMB is not optimized for WAN usage, so in the event that a system requires users to connect to a FotoWare DAM system over a WAN or the Internet, it is advisable to run FotoWeb as a front-end for WAN users and place the FotoWeb and Index Manager servers on the same local network.