It is not recommend to do Sharing of a file like you are doing. Files can be easily corrupted.
To share a database you must either HOST (max of 10 users) or FileMaker Server [10+ licensed users]
Check out Help on HOSTing a FM datatbase.
To clarify a bit:
If Answer Feedback is opening the file with FileMaker Pro on the server machine, then he is Hosting the file.
If he has placed the file in a shared directory on the server and is either double clicking the file or using Open from the File menu to open the file with the copy of FileMaker on his machine, he risks damaging the file.
To clarity a bit:
Then he doesn't know how to HOST a file.
Cheers for the reply Jim. So just to clarify, to properly host the file it must be saved and opened on the local machine and not a remote server location? That makes sense and i'm surprised i didn't do that naturally :s
I've just changed to how you've described and the automated startup works like a dream, cheers for that mate!
FMP lets you HOST (act as a Server for small 10 client cases)
Buy their FMP Server software for more than 10 client use.
Both are Servers by definition.
HOSTing has some set up details that are Built in to the Server .
The computer that HOST's your DB or Server DB can be the same computer
The computer must be ROBUST to handle multiple Clients. On large Client demand, most buy a SERVER COMPUTER or even Rack them for large companies demanding 10k client demand.
The location of your HOST computer must be accessible by IP address to your Clients. I have one on a local network and also one on an internet accessible IP.
In other words your
on the local machine