1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 5, 2011 9:54 AM by TSDuck

    Using Server External Authentication for Client Files?



      Using Server External Authentication for Client Files?

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      We're trying to move to using External Authentication for a database. The database has a number of files, those that hold data are held on the FileMaker Pro Server, those that don't are held on the client PCs. External Authentication works perfectly for the database files that are on the server but not those held on the client PCs - it just asks you to log in. Presumably this is because FileMaker Pro itself doesn't do authentication?

      - Can anyone confirm if it should be possible and we're missing something or if there is no way it will work?

      - I assume that if External Authentication doesn't work then Directory Services won't either for the same reasons?

      Does anyone have any recommendations about what we could do in this circumstance to get away from local FileMaker accounts?

      (Currently on FileMaker Server 11 and FileMaker Pro 9 on Windows XP, if that is relevant.)



        • 1. Re: Using Server External Authentication for Client Files?

          Hi Sandy P:

          Thanks for posting.

          External authentication is only possible using FileMaker Server.  FileMaker Pro sharing is unable to use External Authentication. 

          For External Authentication to work correctly, the database must first be showing as normal under the databases section in your admin console.  FileMaker and External Server accounts must then be selected under the security tab in the admin console.  Since some of your databases are not hosted by the server, those files cannot use External authentication.  You will need to upload these databases if you want them to use authentication.



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