I'm going to assume you're working on a Windows platform here. Plugins need to go in the FileMaker > FileMaker Pro 12 (Advanced) > Extensions folder, which is located in the Program Files (x86) folder. It will largely depend on how the security folks have their workstations set up. Here on site, we do not have routine access to the Program Files folders and FileMaker is not a "privileged" application, so we have to get the Desktops group to elevate the plugin to a separate install through the WinInstall application. If the client's security team can elevate FileMaker to "privileged" status, then it should be able to install the plugins. Otherwise, you may have to get them to create a separate installer for the plugin.
Thanks Mike! Yes, sorry – forgot to mention it was a windows environment.
We’ll take a look at this option.
Thanks for the speedy reply!
Remember in version 12 that you can also install plugins stored in container fields via script steps:
I'm not sure that running that script with full access will allow you to bypass any local machine security, but it WILL make deployment of your plugins a lot easier than going to each machine and manually installing them.
Hope this helps
Are you not using the FMP12 install plugin function right in your solution? If so, then the plugins will go into the user prefs area, not into the Application\Extensions.
See this FMKB article that has a lot of info in it about plugins with FMP12.
What Doug mentions is correct: plugins do not need to go into the FM application folder. That folder may be locked down as you are experiencing. Specifically for that reason FM installs plugins into the user's area and that is never locked down.
Sorry; my bad. Forgot about the user option under 12. Definitely the way to go if you can.
That’s exactly what I needed to know – thanks! Yes, we prefer to use the plug-ins in a container filed that will auto-install. Just wasn’t sure if the user area needed admin permissions.