My IT guys wanted me to ask if there was a way to set a default host as part of a system center install of FM16?
Is this for FMP VLA or FLT?
I know it is possible for FLT. vinaddala is there an AI parameter for default host server in standard FMP client? I would be very interested in this as well. Maybe a preinstalled favorite?
Is the FMP-networkinstall: https://fmhelp.filemaker.com/docs/16/en/fmpnisg/ an option for you? Fill in the correct values in "Assisted Install.txt" and no user will need to enter the installcode... only works with (A)VLA, SBA etc. licenses
Menno van Beek wrote: Is the FMP-networkinstall: https://fmhelp.filemaker.com/docs/16/en/fmpnisg/ an option for you? Fill in the correct values in "Assisted Install.txt" and no user will need to enter the installcode... only works with (A)VLA, SBA etc. licenses
Menno van Beek wrote:
Looking for a default server option setting in the Assisted Install.txt file. If it exists, it is not published.
I'm not a native english-speaker, so I may have misunderstood ".msi ..... etc." sorry for that
Even so, if you do plan to create some scripted installation, you may as well distribute a URL-starter-file like the attached file.
in that file into your own preference and put it on the user's desktop. This little file works both on MacOS and on Windows.
On MacOS you can use TextWrangler or BBEdit to edit it and on Windows you can edit it by right-click on the desktop and choose "properties" and then edit the URL into your needs.
If this cannot work for you, you may create an HTML-file on the intranet-server where you can show fmp-protocol-links to the users.
Isn't this essentially what Bonjour is supposed to do; make the host database easily discoverable?
There is a way to deploy a desktop shortcut using System Center. I think you can also make the FM application be a prerequisite for deploying the shortcut.
You could do this with the "Active Setup"-functionality.
Create a File with the needed registry entries in HKCU i.e.
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro\16.0\FavHostInfo\Entry0" /t REG_SZ /v "Address" /d "mini.fritz.box" /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro\16.0\FavHostInfo\Entry0" /t REG_DWORD /v "FileOption" /d 00000001 /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro\16.0\FavHostInfo\Summary" /t REG_DWORD /v "Entries" /d 00000001 /f
(change "mini.fritz.box" to your hosts name)
name it "FavHostFM.cmd" and place it i.e. in C:\Temp
then edit the "FileMaker Pro 16.msi" with "SuperOrca" and under "Registry" add a row like this:
Key: Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\[ProductCode]
Value: cmd /c "C:\Temp\FavHostFM.cmd"
(change "C:\Temp\FavHostFM.cmd" according to your path/filename)
Install FM with the modified msi, the cmd-file then will run once for every user on login.
Thanks for the various answers I will have my IT guys review. We use system center to roll out installs and we did not see any documentation about setting the host. The users don't want to deal with setting hosts etc. They just want to quickly get into our solution and it seems to help if we have our server set. Hoping there was a one to do during the installation.
I will run this by the IT guys. Thanks.
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