Check your OS level file permissions on those files.
Opps! The other users can now view and edit the database. But while they have it open, I can't even open it! Arrrgh!
What did I miss?
Everyone is using 'Open Remote' to connect to the database correct?
Oooookkaay! No we were not! We are now and everything is working just the way we want it to.
One more thing tho.
The other users are a little umm shall we say technologically challenged and they would like a shortcut on their dock that can take them straight to the file hosted on my iMac.
Can that be done?
Creating a shortcut on my dock for a file on my iMac is easy just drag and drop. I tried that on one of the remote computers to make a shortcut for the file hosted my iMac but could not get that to work.
Also, am I able to customize the icon that show on the Dock?
Well first beofre ANYTHING... Turn off OS level sharing to that directory where the file is located. It is dangerous and can lead to file corruption if shared this way. When using a Peer to peer environment, it is best to be consistent on which box opens the files first. Basically, the best thing is for you to leave the files open on one computer and everyone accesses it via Open Remote. The first computer to open the files become the "host" and the rest become clients. Having it opened by different computers all the time can lead to unwanted actions especially when daling with global fields as they act differently in a served scenario.
Again best bet is to leave it open on one computer and everyone else use open remote.
Also for a shortcut, you can use a shorcut with an address such as: fmp7://<IP or DNS>/YourFile.fp7
Another alternative is to create an "opener file" on each computer which is just a local file without any tables or anything like that in it. All it would do is open up and call a script to "open Remote" to the "host" and then close itself. You can do a search for opener file to come across samples on how to set this up.