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ODBC Connection issues Filemaker 12 and 13

Question asked by JoshHyman on Sep 12, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 12, 2014 by philmodjunk


ODBC Connection issues Filemaker 12 and 13


Hi There Folks,

I have an issue I am seeking some help with around ODBC and Filemaker 13.

I am trying to connect to a MS Sql database (R2 2008) with a filemaker 13 server machine (Mac 10.8.5) (for purposes of testing I have also tried FMA 13 on a macbook with 10.9 installed) and have the DSN name all setup and working fine on the server as well as the macbook, I can test this connection with Excel and with Filemaker 11 and all seems to function just fine.

The issues come when adding an external data source in Manage Database in FM12 or FM13, I try to add the source table and I get the following error ODBC Error: [Actual][SQL Server] Unknown Host Machine Name.  [Actual][SQL Server] Unable to connect to data source.

The weird thing is If I convert a Filemaker 11 file that already has the SQL data source defined in the relationship graph, it will find the data and work as expected, it will even let me define a new table from the same SQL source once converted to a fmp.12 file. If I try this process in a file created with FM 12 or 13 I get the same error as above. As the my main file is already pretty comprehensive I would hate to have to build it up again from a newly converted FM11 file just to gain the SQL functionality. 

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.