Any way to run FM17 on Mac 10.11 OS? I have a bunch of Mac Pro towers (early 2008) running 10.11.6 - any way to force them into 10.12? FM17 won't load on 10.11 and OS10.12 won't load on the older Mac pros. Thanks in advance for any workarounds?
While not supported, all you can really do is try it and if it fails, then probably not. But you can use FM 16 on 10.11 and if you need a backwards license, FM will issue you one upon request.
I would take a look at Tech Specs of FileMaker 17, both Server and Pro. They should give you an idea of what 17 is supported on. As for 10.11, it is not a tested OS and there are bound to be problems.
Technical Specifications | FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced
Technical Specifications | FileMaker Server 17
If you want to request a downgrade to 16, you can call Customer Support. If you already have an existing 16 contract, it might be a good idea to Check with them, so they can resend it. If you need more connecters or to downgrade an existing 17 contract with 5 or more users, I would contact our Sales Team.
Contact FileMaker Customer Support | FileMaker
I can't answer your question directly but since questions like these seem to arise regularly I'll just add that every FileMaker developer should have some sort of virtualization software on hand with a drive or drives containing multiple Mac and/or Windows OSes.
Two-fold benefit: you get to test your current production systems on an upcoming OS or version of FileMaker without risking your files, and you get to run legacy systems after you've upgraded.
I personally use Parallels but I'm sure VMWare Fusion is equally capable.
No, to answer your question, as asked.
BUT, you can breathe new life into many old machines, including 2008 MacPros. There are patchers for Sierra and High Sierra that do work. (I haven't tried the Mojave one, yet.) I have a patched Sierra running FMS 17 on my office 2009 Xserve quite nicely for several months now.
[Actually it's in WinServer 2016 Standard in Fusion 8 running on Sierra on the Xserve. I don't know how to get Fusion 10 to install on the Xserve no matter what the OS.]
Pay close attention to the ReadMe's, as there frequently are machine-specific "gotchas":
Oh, and know going in that you will be running a non-supported configuration. I will run this for myself, but would never do it for a client, because I don't want to be responsible if it doesn't work correctly. You sound like someone who likes to tinker, so this might be right up your alley.
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