- Don't put the file in a shared folder. That can result in a corrupted file and isn't needed.
- Open the file and choose File | Sharing | Filemaker Network
- Turn Sharing on if it isn't already
- Select "All Users" under "Network access to file"
- Click OK
- Go to your second computer and launch filemaker Pro
- Click a "remote" button or Chose File | Open Remote
- You should see your first computer listed in the Hosts window; click it.
- Select your file in the Available files window and click open.
Went exactly as you said however I get ;
Filename.fmp could not be opened. The host's capacity was exceeded try again later.
Two XP Homes, FMP8.5
That message sounds like Filemaker is telling you you already have the maximum number of users connected to your host. WIth just two computers, that shouldn't be the case. You aren't hosting any other filemaker databases from the same computer at the same time are you?
I see one thing odd, though it may not be significant: You show a filename format of "filename.fmp". The standard "windows dot three" for your file should be ".fp7".
Out of curiosity, why does the file end in ".fmp" instead of ".fp7"?
It probably doesnt - I was typing the message from memory [obviously bad!]
No, just this one DB shared.
Frankly, I don't know what's keeping this from working for you. I'd try moving the file to the 2nd computer and opening the file on it. Then try to connect from the original computer or any other machine on your network that you can install filemaker on.
If you can host the file from a different computer, that would suggest a problem with the computer. If you get the same error message when hosting the file from other computers, something is not quite right with your file.
You could also try recovering the file and then test the recovered copy to see if that fixes the problem. If so, replace your damaged file with an undamaged back up.
Unless of course you have two copies of the same software installed.
FMP wont like sharing with itself.
A second license would solve this...
I considered that possibility and ruled it out (possibly a mistake on my part) as I thought you'd get a different error message in that case.
You could check by going into the Help/about Filemaker Pro... dialog and clicking the "Info" button to see the installed license key on each machine.
I have seen a similar message on older versions of FMP
Disconnect the host computer from the network and test.