make no mistake, ron! us old-timers are humbled daily, too. someone some where in the world comes up with a unique way to use the functions and scripts that we all have in our toolboxes. stick around. you are one of "us" now.
Welcome to the dark side. Your conversion is complete.
Here here! to that sentiment. One of the glorious things about FileMaker is that someone with a computer science background, like Ron, can find it to be as much fun and challenge as someone from a humanities background, like me. The first time things FM clicked in my head was when I realised I could still think in English, and get somewhere just by following a common sense, logical path. That has made for some clumsy, workmanlike solutions to problems, but they still worked. Then as my knowledge grew came the recognition that there is always more than one way of doing something, and that some ways are better than others. As my knowledge matures I'm learning more and more about why some things work better than others—and a lot of that maturing is coming from following and contributing to discussions on this forum. That's why my motto is "always learning".
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make no mistake, ron! us old-timers are humbled daily, too.
On the External Authentication: hunt around for the white paper written by Steven Blackwell circa 2004 (when EA was introduced). The screenshots will be outdated but everything still applies since nothing has changed. EA is rock solid and easy to set up once you 'get it'
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This? or one of his other blogs or a PDF?
- The Power and Advantages Of External Server Authentication With FileMaker Server - FileMaker Security Blog - FMForums.co…
- (authored by Steven Blackwell)
This link may also help:
Bev, so true. Today, I didn't realize that FileMaker Server had added code so that the command line recognized "fmsadmin" without having to write the path. Something so simple!
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Steven Blackwell has been arrested as a Drug Kingpin! Wha...Whew! Wrong Steven Blackwell.
I found his blog and the article you mentioned. It is much more informative in External Authentication than the FM Security Guide.
Here is a link... FileMaker Security Blog - FMForums.com
Thank you for sharing.
Yep, still learning here.
My philosophy is:
1. I don’t have to be the smartest developer in the world. But I do have to be smarter than I was yesterday.
2. It’s ok if I don’t know all the intricacies of the platform but I should know where to turn for help (e.g. advanced security, server optimization, XML, external authentication, etc.).
FileMaker work has changed the way I think. I came to it with no coding background of necessity. I needed software to handle my (very) particular busness needs and couldn't find anything. I read about FileMaker and decided to take the plunge. As I built and learned I continued to do stuff on paper gradually replacing tasks with my growing FileMaker solution. This was version 8.5. I soon upgraded to FMPA. Over the last ten years I've had a tremendous amount of help from the members of this forum. I only hope I can "pay forward" a fraction of what's I've received from the talented and very generous people here.
So nice to read such a positive contribution and have someone express what many of us feel. I'm glad you joined us at FMP v15 as, in my opinion, it has been one of the best upgrades for years.
FileMaker borders between technical and problem solving and returns more for the effort put in than any other alternative I've used. It can remain as simple as required but doesn't run out of steam as systems evolve. The contributors here have always been helpful with such a wide remit.
I particularly enjoy the different personalities and backgrounds. We are exchanging here with your background in computer sciences, whereas the year you started writing code was my last year before retiring from riding motorcycle speedway. It's a strange world.
Knowledge is usually gained as a result one's own failings (at least in my case) and it is a great pleasure to be able to help others avoid the hours (days) often spent trying to overcome something in the past.
Is the machine you're running FMS on joined to the domain that you are using for authentication?
I had an extended weekend and am back at it today. To answer your question, yes.
Today I am going to follow the advice found in Steven Blackwell's article.
Thank you for asking.
I am a FM noob myself but I have gotten three FMS authenticating to AD.
1. Join Mac to AD
2. Enable External server accounts: FMS http://localhost:16001/admin-console > Database Server > Security > Client Authentication > FileMaker and external server accounts.
3. Edit security in FMP solution: File > Manage > Security > +new account (select external server) Name of group or user and security level.
As long as there isn't a firewall blocking the AD communication, it should work.