Short answer is that they shouldn't have a problem. Can you provide details as to the OS running on the server and workstations? Are they all on the same subnet? And, while official tech support (TSGal or TSGuy) might take awhile to respond, probably because they are researching the situation, it's a good idea to limit the number of your threads, regarding the same issue, to just one.
too true. Apologies. Frustration grew over time.
Now I'm trying to see how to delete all but my 2nd entry which had the most information.
Here is more detail.
FMS is 10.0v2 running on a Mac Mini running OSX 10.5.8.
FMP Advanced is 10.0v3 running on a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.5.8.
And, when I run FMP Advanced 9 it's 9.0v3.
I am on the same subnet, but there are TWO internal subnets that have been opened to see the database with no port blocking.
And when I physically carry my laptop over to the OTHER subnet, I can log in with FMP 10, but not FMP 9.
So this leads me to believe that the network is properly configured but that there's something about FMS10 and earlier versions of FMP that are not playing well together.
I can confirm that 10.0.1.64 running on a 10.5.7 xServe services 9 & 10 clients properly, even on different subnets. One other thing that I'm not sure of, is when running FMP9 on the laptop on the same subnet as the server, does the server even show up in the Local Hosts window? And what happens if you manually add it's IP address to the Favorite Hosts?
I have manually entered the IP and file name (and just the IP) on both subnets. In both cases, I could see the hosted databases and log in.
Does that answer your question?
So then, is the problem that the server doesn't show up in the Local Hosts window, or it's databases don't?
It can see the local server. It does not present a list of databases. And when I type in the specific name--I get "[DATABASE NAME] could not be opened. Either the host is not available, or the file is not available on that host."
Hmm, seems like I've seen this behaviour before, and a restart resolved it. But, in your case, it definitely seems like a multicast-packet related problem. One more question - you get the same result (server shows in Local Hosts, but databases do not) on other computers with only FMP8.5 or 9 installed? I'm wondering if it is a problem having FMP9 & 10 on the same machine - I wouldn't think it would be, since I have FMP9 & FMPA9 installed and running on the same Mac.
Have you tried reinstalling FMP9 on your laptop?
There is another database on the subnet (shared, not served) that fm9 CAN see. So I don't think fmp9 and fmp10 on the same machine is the problem.
I'd love to know more about multi-cast--there's nothing in the help manual for fmp.
Appreciate your time.
I found this possibly solution from a post by TSGal in another thread:
The server.pem file is also used to find FileMaker Pro files hosted on Server. If that is corrupt, it might cause a problem. However, I don't think this is the cause because usually, you get an error message and/or remote files are not shown. The server.pem file is a certificate that is created during installation of FileMaker Pro (and Server). If you have another machine that is running FileMaker Pro and able to see shared files, copy the server.pem file from that machine and place it on the problem machine. Launch FileMaker Pro and try again.
Not sure if it will help, but it's worth a try!