What was the last version of FileMaker Server with unlimited user connections? That is, not pay per seat.
Sorry, only trying to help.... Go DOES require licenses (either FLT or concurrent connection licenses) when connecting to Server, i.e. when opening files hosted on Server 13 or newer.
So short answer to your question - the current Server 16 supports unlimited FileMaker Pro connections that don't use up any 'user connection' licenses.
16.0.4 is the latest version for FileMaker Server (14-March-2018-11AM IST)
But before upgrade to latest version kindly check your technical spec once carefully!
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But whats this Unlimited connection, means for FileMaker User Interface Application or Web Direct Users?
For User Interface Numbers you have to decide either Just User Connection which connects concurrent on Server OR Stand Alone?
Web Direct and rest all, You can get by unlimited 200+ concurrent to server.
Ref : FileMaker Server 16 Technical Specifications | FileMaker
Thanks. But that wasn’t the question.
The latest version requires a paid license for every connection. I’m asking what was the last version that did not use seat licenses?
Ask your question bit briefly, so we can help to suggest more!
The question isn't complicated. I don't need quotes from the FileMaker website. While I appreciate your effort, it seems you don't know what I'm talking about, so please let someone else answer. Thank you.
if You are connecting via fmnet (no webdirect, no FMGo devices), V16 serves You well (up to the limit of FMS). The future might be different...
You need to get a VLA (old licencies)
When it comes to web, IMHO V12 was the latest version without connection packs. It was before webdirect, 'web' was 'instant web publishing' (IWP)
FM12 is not an option. The server was fine, but clients had one or another thing that did not so much 'rock'
As mschneider has said FileMaker Server 16 does still offer 'unlimited' connections for FileMaker Pro, and up to 2000 simultaneous connections for the Custom Web Publishing options of the php API, XML publishing, and 1000 connections for the Data API - as per the Tech Specs.
If you are talking about WebDirect/Instant Web Publishing, then yes, Server 12 is last one to offer 'unlimited' connections as it still used the old Instant Web Publishing (IWP) engine, though as recommended, best to steer clear of v12 clients - it was first version to use the newer .fmp12 format files, and many improvements have been made since then. In fact, I think IWP was limited to 100 connections as well...
Also for FileMaker Go, then Server 12 was last one to offer 'unlimited' connections in the same way as v16 currently does for FileMaker Pro... However, at that time, FileMaker Go 12 cost $40 I seem to remember, whereas now it is free on the App Store, which is much better for Go users that do not need to directly open Server hosted files - and Go can communicate with Server 16 hosted files via Custom Web Publishing or the Data API without using a connection license :-) Having said that though, $40 was a LOT LOT cheaper than a 'concurrent connection' license that is now required if directly connecting to a Server hosted file without being a user within the FLT license.
Note also that FileMaker Go 15 (end of life/removal from App Store in September this year) can only connect to Server 13 and newer and Go 16 only connects to Server 14 and newer (according to the Tech Specs), so trying to use Server 12 with them will likely not work or at least cause some issues - I haven't actually tried it.
I’m talking about FileMaker app connections, not Go, which has never required licenses.
I know what the licenses are. I’m just asking a VERY simple question. Really, don’t need to read extra stuff into it:
What was the last version that didn’t sell seat licenses?
I would start to test x-compatibilities. Using FMS12 with higher version FMPro Clients could be a option.
It is called "legacy" and FMS16 (latest now) support it.
FileMaker Store: Legacy Licensing options
When you originally asked about 'unlimited user connections' then this suggests you meant WebDirect, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Pro (For User Connections) which all use up 'user connection' licenses on the Server, rather than 'full version' FileMaker Pro as you now say, which has always had 'unlimited' connections to Server....
What are you taking about?? ”full version” jeez. Question already answered. Good night
'full version' as in a licensed copy of FileMaker Pro (the legacy/standard version), rather than the 'free' FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) that you get with FLT licensing and FileMaker Cloud, and that requires maintaining a connection to Server 15 or newer and thus using up a 'user connection' license on that Server.
Paid FileMaker Pro do not get “free” connections to the current version of Server. Sorry.
And obviously the FLT licenses versions are, well PAID licenses.
Correct, either way: paying for FileMaker Pro, or paying same price for an FLT 'user' for FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), you do not get 'free' FileMaker Pro connections to Server, and never have done.
So you completely missed the point of my question. Good night.
"Paid FileMaker Pro do not get “free” connections to the current version of Server. Sorry."
Of course FileMaker Pro is not free, but it does allow connecting to Server without using up a 'user connection' license, and so Server can have an unlimited number 'FileMaker Pro' connections. Anyway, the point of your question is now lost on me and you seem a bit riled about it so leaving this now.
You pay for each connection to the server. That’s how it works. I’m sorry, you’re incorrect.
Sorry, I don't believe I am incorrect - I said very clearly that one way or another you do pay for the connection, but that with FileMaker Pro (and Pro Advanced) you are not limited to number of connections on Server. In case you are not familiar with this:
The concurrent connection model (not the same as user connections) used to have an unlimited connection tier, but it has been a while since that was available (12?). If it still existed you would not want to know the price. Currently the 100 concurrent connection Legacy VLA is $26,000/yr (annual) or $78,000 (perpetual). The unlimited connection license was for FMGo. It had nothing to do with FM Pro client connections. I believe those license agreements were converted to a fixed number of connections in FM13 renewal.
Now you have two options. One is pay per seat (per FMP install) and the other is pay per actual user (no limitation on installs: FLT). Either way there is a limitation.
If you pay per seat, the server technically will not limit the number of connected users but you are limited to the seats purchased.
If you pay per user, the server will limit your connected user count regardless of how many times you install FMP.
How many connections do you really need?
It doesn't restrict the number, as long as their are seats paid for! That setting is to prevent too many connections, not how many you bought. Respectfully, you are incorrect, sir. I have a paid 16 license, and can confirm this. You are reading info on the web, misunderstanding it, and have no actual knowledge in using it. #bigtom has it right.
Thanks for making a simple question an unnecessary argument. A little info makes one dangerous, especially when spoken so loudly.
This case has been answered. The answer is version 12. Please no more responses. Consider it closed.
please don't blame people here who try to help - ask FileMaker to keep their licence model more clear (-:
How many connections do you need? The 5,000 user FLT license would only be about $440,000/yr.
skywillmott I hear you.
I politely thanked him more than once, but he persisted, despite several of us saying he's wrong. Putting out guesses, even perhaps educated guesses doesn't do anyone a service.
#bigtom that wasn't the question. I wanted to know which version doesn't require any payment for connections. That was the total and complete question, period. PLEASE EVERYONE, done deal. I've got the answer. Good night!!!!
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