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FileMaker Pro Multi-User Network Question (from a novice)

Question asked by DanHowe on Oct 12, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 12, 2012 by philmodjunk


FileMaker Pro Multi-User Network Question (from a novice)



     I am a novice FileMaker user.  A number of years ago, I created a simple database in FM9 for a friend's business.  This database was designed for access from a single computer.  It has been working well since that time.  However, my friend has just expanded her business and I would like to research what I need to do to access the database from two computers.

     We will work on the computer networking side of the solution, which should be simple.  But I have a few questions regarding the FileMaker side.

     1.  I assume I need to get a new license for this 2nd computer, correct?

     2.  Do I need the FileMaker server software if two users will access the database simultaneously?

     3.  Will I need to upgrade the original computer from FM9 to FM12 if the newly purchased license is FM12?  Can one computer use FM9 and the other use FM12 ?

     I also have questions about remote access via the web or cloud.  I don't know much about this, but what would it take to allow access from this 2nd computer (a Macbook) from the user's home via the web?


     Any help from you FM experts is much appreciated.