3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 25, 2012 10:04 AM by RichardZiser

    Passwords didn't transfer from FMP 7 to FMP 11

    RichardZiser

      Summary

      Passwords didn't transfer from FMP 7 to FMP 11

      Product

      FileMaker Pro

      Version

      11

      Operating system version

      Windows 7  64 bit

      Description of the issue

      I transfered Filemaker Pro 7 and all my data files to a new computer and the passwords didn't work.  It was suggested that I upgrade to Filemaker Pro 11 so I did.  Same problem.  How do I get the password settings transfered to this new computer?

      Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

      The account and password you entered cannot be used to access this file.  Please try again.

        • 1. Re: Passwords didn't transfer from FMP 7 to FMP 11
          philmodjunk

          The passwords are part of the database file. If you transfer the file, the passwords come with the file. Filemaker 7 through 11 use the same file format so you haven't even changed the file here during the upgrade from 7 to 11, it's exactly the same file.

          If you had FileMaker 6 or older and converted to FileMaker 7 or newer, the file converstion alters your file in many ways. Instead of a single password, you now have an account name and password. To open the converted file, enter your original password twice, once in the account name box and once in the password box. Once you have the file open, you can go to mange | security and change your account names so that other people can't see the password you are entering as the account name.

          Also, keep in mind that passwords were not case sensitive in FileMaker 6 and older, but are case sensitive in FileMaker 7 and newer. If you still have trouble opening the file, you may want to open your original filemaker 6 or older file in FileMaker 6 or older and check the capitalization used when defining the password.

          • 2. Re: Passwords didn't transfer from FMP 7 to FMP 11
            hschlossberg

            If you're using the Mac "keychain" to remember your passwords...well, that's a Mac issue and you'll need to research whether there's a way to transfer your keychain settings from one machine to another (I doubt it).  But as Phil said, FileMaker's passwords are stored in the database file itself and don't get lost when moving between machines.

            • 3. Re: Passwords didn't transfer from FMP 7 to FMP 11
              RichardZiser

              Thanks all.   I solved the problem, it was the account name that was wrong not the password.  Your clues helped me.