Admin Orientation 2 - Setting up the MacPractice server


Setting up the server computer is the first thing that will need to be done after downloading and installing. The server is the computer where al data will be housed in MacPractice so it's extremely important that this computer has the proper privileges and is connected to the network. MacPractice also recommends placing the server in an accessible locations as certain functions can only be performed on the server, such as backups and database utilities. Headless servers, or servers without a monitor or display are not recommended as they create obstacles for support and your staff. You should instead secure the server with administrative passwords and network passwords to ensure the safety of your patient information.

When logging into the server, you may want to take note of the drawer information. The server IP address is listed in the drawer and always needs to say "localhost". The default database will be called MacPractice and should not be changed unless instructed differently. If you use anything other than these settings, the computer won't be recognized as the server and your client computers will not be able to connect.

You will want to note the IP address of your server computer. This will be required when setting up all clients in the office. You can find your IP address by opening System Preferences and selecting Network. The IP address is listed under the status. 

You may also decide to set up a static IP address on the server. A static IP address is one that doesn't ever change. If you don't set up a static IP, your router will automatically assign IP addresses for you and whenever it's restarted the server might be assigned a different IP address. If this happens, your client computers will not be able to login to MacPractice until you have updated their drawer information with the new IP. For this reason, MacPractice does recommend a Static IP address. Setting up a Static IP address requires you to configure manually instead of using DHCP. For assistance with this, please contact a network specialist.

When you log into MacPractice on the server for the first time, you will be prompted for your database encryption password. This is the password you entered when installing MacPractice. If you have forgotten or lost your database encryption password, please contact MacPractice Support. MacPractice also checks for any updates to forms, purchased abilities, and the MacPractice application itself.

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