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About the Installed Files

During installation of this software, client-side application files and server-side application files are installed. You should understand the difference between these files:

  • Client-side application files are SWF and HTML files. When you begin developing applications, you can store the client-side files for your applications anywhere.
  • Server-side application files include script files (ASC files), stream files (such as FLV files), and shared object files (FSO files), and must always remain on the server computer.

When you begin developing applications, you must create a registered application directory for your application in the applications directory with the name of the application and keep the application’s server-side files there.

For example, for your application called my_app, you could create a my_app subdirectory in the applications directory and put the server-side files for my_app in that subdirectory (.../applications/myapp). You can change your applications directory through the FMS.ini configuration file.

During development you can, if you choose, keep client-side and server-side application files together. When you deploy applications on a public server, you’ll need to separate client files from your server-side source files. If you’re using a web server, the SWF and HTML files should be accessible through the web server. Your server-side ASC files, audio/video FLV files, FSO files, and ActionScript FLA source files should not be accessible to a user browsing your website.

When the server is installed, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the files placed in the Flash Media Server directory and, if applicable, your web root directory.

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