Has the file itself been enabled for network sharing?
Are you on the same subnet as the machine hosting the file?
Does the host machine have the file open with FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server?
I have the exact same problem. The Sales Rep on the phone said it was "easy" to share files. Can't do it though and I've checked everything. Anybody have a solution?
It is pretty easy, but must be done correctly. Please answer the above questions. They establish a starting point on where to go from there to get your database correctly shared over a network.
1). yes. files have been enabled for sharing
2). I only have two machines. the ip is one digit different at the end.
3). yes. host machine is open and files are open in filemaker pro
I've also tried restarting both machines and am still unable to share files.
That rules out the most obvious causes. Usually, linking to a hosted file is as simple as opening the file on the host machine and then using Open remote to find and open it over the network from the client machine.
In a few cases, problems have occurred with a specific file being missing or damaged. See this link for more info and please report back if this fixes it for you:
I believe the problem for me was with a faulty server.pem file. I went here http://www.filemaker.com/support/downloads/index.html and downloaded the update for my particular version of filemaker. Once I did this and everything was updated, I was able to see the files hosted remotely.
Unfortunately, now when I try to open one of these files, I get an error message that my license key is being used by another computer on the network. Incidentally, the computer listed as using my license key is the server itself, which only has Filemaker Server and not Filemaker Pro installed on it. Any ideas as to what is going wrong here?