Hey Alex. :-)
Well technically you probably *could* install it on both boxes without much trouble. Obviously you can run them at the same time, but the licensing does seem to mention, "Each software component may only be installed and used on a single computer" Everywhere else it refers to "use" instead of install. That statement seems to be the only play where it is mentioned.
I dont think the licensing agreement intends for scenarios as such to be in violation, although as it stands now it would.
TSGal, could we please have a clarification from your legal dept. To sum it up, this box would have FMS installed and ready to go in case of failover, but not up and running at the same time.
Thank you for your posts.
At this time, FileMaker, Inc. does not have any special licensing for the situation you describe. The current license agreement for FileMaker Server can be found at:
In specific, 1a "General License" which says:
"The Software includes the following components: (1) database server, (2) web publishing engine, and (3) web server module. Each Software component may only be installed and used on a single computer. These three Software components may be installed on the same computer or on different computers. Even though both Windows and Mac OS versions of the Software may be provided in multiple languages, you are only licensed to use one version of the Software on one platform (i.e., the Windows or Mac OS version) in one language. You may not use or run more than one instance of the Software from the same operating system (e.g., using virtualization or other technologies) at the same time. The ODBC/JDBC connectivity APIs and the instant web publishing functionality may only be used if you have license FileMaker Server Advanced."
Sounds like FMI should upgrade their licensing to permit this.
It seems like Genx wants to honor the spirit of this license: "You may not use or run more than one instance of the Software from the same operating system (e.g., using virtualization or other technologies) at the same time." but violates the letter of it: "Each Software component may only be installed ... on a single computer."
Thanks for the link - i've seen the terms before though I always have a hard time finding them. The issue is that the rest of the agreement refers to concurrent use or "running' of the software under the same license and the particular line that refers to "install and use" under 1a could be construed as vague on the grounds that it doesn't refer specifically to installation, but instead to installation AND use - the pre-requisite for violation being both installation and use of the software, not installation alone.