I have a host that appears by default, and I just moved to FM 16. Manage favorites is no longer around (at least I can't find it.).
How to remove or otherwise reconfigure this?
If it's a favorite host you can click the star overlay on the host to remove it from the list. You will have to restart FM for it to vanish. If it's a local host found by Bonjour then the only way I know of the remove it is to uninstall Bonjour, but that would remove all local hosts and you would have to add local hosts as favorites.
Thanks for the info. It's a local host. The Bonjour thing stinks!
Is there a way to make a host the "default" that all clients try to use first? That way at least it would bypass the old one, if I create a new preferred one.
I recently switched to FM 16 (Server as well), and as a result, I added an SSL certificate to the FM Server because FM 16 Pro couldn't automatically see all the hosted files. This is freaking awful! Never had problems like this on previous version upgrades.
If I add a new Favorite, using the FQDN instead of the IP address (as done before),
Go to File -> Open Favorites and the 'Open File Remote' window will open.
From there you can edit or remove the host.
Then restart FileMaker.
You will have to do this even if you did not set up the files as Favorites. - Unfortunately, very counterintuitive.
You would think you can remove a host within the same window where you can add it...
Actually, from the Launch Center, just click the star on the favorite host, that will remove the star, then restart FMP and you're good to go.
Thank you, but I didn't even have a favorite host set up. Just a remote host I wanted to test and log in.
Any time you add a host, I've found that it sets it as a favorite by default.
Neither torsten808 or techt's solutions work for me - if I go to File> Open Remote or just Open, only the Launch Center window opens. Removing the star on the favorite host and restarting FM still shows the (nonfavorite) host in the hosts list.
I don't want to remove Bonjour - I'm working in an environment with 6 Citrix servers and 60 users.
Is there no other way to remove a host from the launch center? I initially set up the host with the IP address, rather than the FQDN, so the SSL certificate couldn't be verified. If I try to just edit the initial host (change the Host's Internet Address to the FQDN, it creates an entirely new host, still leaving me with a host I want removed.
Any other suggestions?
Are you on Mac or Windows? What if you uninstall, and then manually remove the other preference, application support, and application folder remnants, restart, and then reinstall?
Thanks for responding, techt. I'm on Windows. I just spoke to FM Tech Support and was told that I would indeed have to remove Bonjour in order to get rid of the unwanted Host listing.
Ugh, so remove it, then add it back?
This confirms my own recent experience.
I installed the new version, Bonjour automatically finds the local host and puts it in the Launch pad, then I put in a host using the FQDN and get the very same list of hosted files. Both sets of listed files open the same files on the same server, but the FQDN host is able to verify the certificate where I get an "orange lock" telling me that the certificate has not been verified if I use the files listed under the Bonjour name that was added for me.
Looks more and more like I should just uninstall Bonjour for this particular system as the one local host is the only one that the users should be connecting to.
FM Tech Support didn't seem to think I needed Bonjour at all on a Windows network. When pressed, though, they couldn't assure me that uninstalling it would leave all my users' settings and preferences intact, so I'm reluctant to move ahead with that.
It shouldn't affect preferences. Don't know what other settings would be affected. You might get some "recent files" references that no longer work--a temporary problem.
I'll probably uninstall it one one or two workstations and if no problems occur, remove it from all of them.
I agree with PMJ, uninstall it from a less-impactive desktop and see what the results are. You could always reinstall, but if FMI doesn't think it's needed, it certainly is going to change my install package next time around.
Would you be willing to post back after you try removing it and let us know the outcome? I'm in a Citrix environment, so if I uninstall it on a single Citrix server, it will affect a lot of people.
Also, the FM Tech Support person suggested uninstalling it from FM Server, rather than the individual machines. He said that should have the same result of removing unwanted hosts from the launch center and save the time/hassle of uninstalling it from individual workstations.
Thanks for your input.
That's a very useful suggestion, but I'll uninstall on the client in my test for the obvious reasons.
Might be a while as this client is just about to "go live" in v16 and I don't want to make too many changes this close to the rollout, but I'll try to find this thread and report back unless someone confirms our suspicion that Bonjour can be safely put out to pasture here.
Bonjour was potentially useful in one way as I installed on the various workstations and set them up with the right preferences. (I mix and match zoom settings with "enlarge contents..." to get the best "fit" while staying at 100% windows display settings.)
One machine flatly refused to connect using FQDN at first. For it, Bonjour at least made the solution accessible until I figured out that the machine hadn't been set up with the correct DNS address. If I hadn't figured that out, I could have had them continue to use the solution via Bonjour until I got a tech to look at the work station and figure out what was needed.
This thread is useful for a different part of the Launch Center. I'm on Windows 10, at a desktop computer (this matters!), & I had several Favorites on My Solutions. I renamed a folder in which one of my favorite "solutions" resides. (The "solutions" buzzword annoys me, so I put it in quotes.) When I did that, the Launch Center couldn't find my "solution" any more. I could still open my file in other ways, but that was a bit less convenient. There was also an icon under Recent, and I put that in "Favorites," but then I had 2 icons for the same "solution" -- 1 worked, the other didn't. So how do I get rid of the dead icon? F1 help had no info. I tried various clicks w/o success. This thread gave me a hint. For Hosts, you can click the "star" PART of the icon. I tried that for "solutions". That moved the dead icon from "Favorites" to "Recent" (where its presence was less annoying), but didn't fully solve the issue. But the "Delete" key finally did the trick.
For those who use FMP on Windows and have previously added hosts manually and now wish to remove them, you will need to :
a. Close FMP
b. Remove host entries from your Windows registry, they are located at:
You will see 'Entry0' , 'Entry1' etc for each host that has been added. Just delete the entry from the registry and start FMP, the host will be gone !
I hold no responsibility for anyone who wants to edit their registry but though this might be useful for some...
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