People Goal 8 - Part 2: Host your file using FileMaker Server

Document created by Kedar on Feb 4, 2015Last modified by communitymanager on May 12, 2015
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Now that your file is secure and has a consistent opening layout, let's host it so that multiple people can interact with it at the same time.

If you have purchased FileMaker Server and have set it up, this would be a perfect time to try hosting your solution. Otherwise, skip this section and move on to Part 3, which covers Client Sharing. 

This exercise expects that you have these things in place:

  • FM server set up and available on the network

  • An admin account set up on FileMaker server (you’ll need the login credentials)


If you haven’t set up FileMaker Server yet, we recommend that you read the Getting Started guide.


Before you start, find out the IP address of your FileMaker Server (you’ll need it here and also for Part 3), and make sure that your machine is on the same network as the server. If you run into trouble with the hosting process, it’s likely that network issues are the cause. Please check first with your server administrator the troubleshoot any problems and then ask the New User Group for advice if you're still having trouble.




Host your solution on FileMaker Server.



  1. Make sure your solution is open on your computer.

  2. In Browse mode, click the Share button on the status toolbar and choose “Upload to FileMaker Server” from the popup menu.
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    An alert appears informing you that your file will be closed before proceeding with the upload.

  3. Click OK to proceed with the upload.

    Your file closes and an Upload to FileMaker Server dialog window appears.
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  4. If your FileMaker server appears in the Hosts list, select it.  If your server doesn’t appear, enter your FileMaker server’s IP address in the Host Address box.

  5. Enter the login credentials for admin access to your FileMaker server.

  6. Click Next.

    Otherwise, the dialog window’s contents change:
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    Your solution should be selected.

  7. Click the Upload button.

    The Status changes to say “File was uploaded successfully.”
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  8. Select the Open with FileMaker Pro checkbox.

  9. Click the Done button to dismiss the dialog window.

  10. Your hosted file opens automatically.