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FM 14: Hosts Dialog Box shouldn't auto-select a host

Question asked by scottworld on May 22, 2015
Latest reply on Sep 1, 2015 by gcKoenig


FM 14: Hosts Dialog Box shouldn't auto-select a host


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

OS X 10.10.3

Description of the issue

We develop databases for dozens of different companies around the country. We have all of their FileMaker Servers listed in our Hosts dialog box under "Favorites".

In previous versions of FileMaker Pro, whenever we opened up the Hosts dialog box (shift-command-O), FileMaker DID NOT PRE-SELECT any of the servers on its own... we had to MANUALLY select which server we wanted to connect to. THIS IS THE DESIRED BEHAVIOR!

However, this behavior has changed for the worst in FileMaker 14.

In FileMaker 14, whenever we open up the Hosts dialog box (shift-command-O), FileMaker 14 will AUTOMATICALLY SELECT THE LAST HOST THAT WE PREVIOUSLY CONNECTED TO. This is **NOT** desired behavior. It should default to NO HOST BEING PRE-SELECTED, just like it always did in all previous versions of FileMaker Pro.

This is a problem for a variety of reasons, the least of which is that FileMaker Pro is making an assumption that we always want to reconnect to the previous server that we connected to (which is almost never the case).

But the most important reason that this is a problem is that many of our FileMaker Servers have their "File Display Filter" set, which is an option in FileMaker Server's "Database > Security Server" tab that gives us the option to only list the databases that each user is authorized to access. What this option does is present the FileMaker Pro client with an ADDITIONAL AUTHENTICATION DIALOG BOX before the user is allowed to see the files listed on the server.

So, whenever FileMaker Pro 14's Host Dialog Box AUTOMATICALLY SELECTS servers for us (which is the new & undesired behavior in FileMaker Pro 14), FileMaker Pro then gives us an extra authentication dialog box that we weren't expecting to see, and that we must deal with before we can move on with using the program.

In other words, FileMaker Pro 14's new host auto-selection behavior requires us to go through the hassle of dismissing an extra authentication dialog box that pops up on our screen. We must dismiss this extra dialog box before we can manually select the REAL host that we want to connect to.

Please fix so that this behavior goes back to how it used to be in previous versions of FileMaker Pro: no auto-selecting of hosts in the hosts dialog box.