First, if your users share a network, you don't need to put the file on a shared folder. You can use the peer to peer sharing functionality of FMP: Setting up a Computer to Share Files with FileMaker Pro | FileMaker
In this case, it's 5 users. The 6th one trying to connect will get an error message.
Hope this helps
To follow up on Chloe's recommendation, until you get your Server license, use peer-to-peer. Putting the database on a shared drive is asking for trouble. I see more database corruption due to that than any other single cause.
That said, peer-to-peer is not a good long-term strategy, either. You run several risks, including failed backups and database damage.
1) Never allow any external program, like a backup utility or virus scanner, direct access to the database while it's being hosted. The file can be corrupted as the utility competes with FileMaker for control of the file.
2) Be sure to shut down the database prior to attempting a manual backup. For the same reason.
3) Make it a habit to host the database using a dedicated computer - do not allow whoever comes in first to open the database first. And the computer used should be the computer where the database is stored (on the local hard drive).
Again, get your server set up as soon as you can.
That worked! But...I found that the IT Director purchased the User connections that must connect to the server or it shuts down the FMP on the user side. Is there a way to get this working temporarily or am i stuck shutting down every 15 minutes.
Sorry for bad news.
There is no way to work longer than 15 minutes without a Server-Authentification.
Except FileMaker Pro Advanced.
Nope. The FLT license requires a server. Get that puppy up as soon as possible.
How long until you expect the server to be up and running?
Wont be till next week. I went back to 14 and going to have that until they come up with a server. Thanks all.