bump. I've read multiple testimonies of people having the same issue but haven't found a solution yet. Any ideas?
could be outside of FileMaker - a network issue. FileMaker is very critical to hickups... therefore You might check the network
- those issues... are they new (i.e. after a server update, whtever)?
it's not easy - the FileMaker versions are very old and unsupported
we have had similar issues under Win XP and I got the gut feeling that a tcp/ip timeout was the reason. We were running Sun's (virtualisation). On another site, we once had issues like that caused by a faulty power supply of a switch (all under FM 6, Server 5.5)
The complaints are kind of recent. We've upgraded the server infrastructure of this client in September.
They had the following:
FM Server installed in Windows Server 2003, which was installed in VMWare Workstation running in another Windows Server 2003
Now they have:
FM Server installed in Windows Server 2008 R2, which is installed in Hyper-V running on another Windows Server 2008 R2
Switches stayed the same
It's very hard to diagnose a network issue that only affects one program with random people and they are getting more and more frustrated.
You are using a very old verision of FileMaker and those machines with Windows 7 and your server OS are much newer than your copies of FileMaker Pro and Server.
Frankly, I'm amazed that you can Get FileMaker 6 to run at all on a Windows 7 box.
I don't know this for sure, but you be encountering system incompatibilities between this very old version and the newer OS systems.
Whether this is the issue or not, I strongly suggest that you work on a plan for replacing your FileMaker 5 system with the latest version of FileMaker. It will take some time and effort to make the conversion and you don't want to put this off until you reach a point where you can't run FileMaker 6 or (server 5) at all on a new system and then have to rush the conversion process to get back up and running.
well... FileMaker 5.5/6 are running quite well under Win 7 - and if I get it right, XP clients are affected as well (FM 6 runs under XP without problems). Maybe You could do a 'ping' and checking for the response-time. If the time is 'oscilating', then it could problematic. The part where I'm unsure is the server.. no idea how FM server runs under the newer OS. I still prefer srv 2003 for FM.. (even FM 11)
Anyway - Phil is right: It IS time to go for the current version of FM..