If each user has a properly licensed copy installed in compliance with their end user licenses, a Copy of FileMaer pro can host the database instead of FileMaker server. This supports up to 9 additional computers connecting to the database at the same time. (If two machines have the same single user license copy of FileMaker installed, only one will be able to connect to the database at the same time.)
FileMaker Pro 11 and 12, but not 13 can use something called "Instant Web Publishing" to publish the database such that up to 5 users at the same time may access the database via their web browsers. This capability is no longer available with FileMaker 13. It also requires simplified layout designs as not all FileMaker features work with Instant Web Publishing.
Thanks for the previous quick response.
It looks like the problem is that some computers are not showing the user's computer that is sharing the file, when they go to open remote.
This just started after they were upgraded to Filemaker 11 on Windows 7.
It works if I manually add the computer that is sharing, but that is not a good fix since we don't always know who opened the file first.
Is there any trick to getting Filemaker to pick up computers that are hosting a database automatcally when you go to Local Hosts, in the Open Remote dialog?
but that is not a good fix since we don't always know who opened the file first.
And that indicates that your current practices risk corrupting the database file if two users attempt to open the same file at the same time. It is not recommended by FileMaker that you put the file in a shared directory and host the file from a machine other than the one where the file is located. The file should be opened with FileMaker Pro or Server on the machine where you've placed this file and then all users use Open Remote to safely open the file.
But the reason you can't see the server might be due to this known issue:
For More Information see: FMP installer does not install server.pem file
This is one of many acknowledged bugs that can be found in the Known Bug List thread here in the Report an Issue section of the forum.
It can also be downloaded as a database file from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jt09b82i0xijbu3/FMP%20Bugs.zip