3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 28, 2009 11:29 PM by davidanders

    9, 10, Server, Pro, Advanced...



      9, 10, Server, Pro, Advanced...


      I'm using FileMaker Pro 9. The rest of my group (5 people) also have it on their machines. However, the way our network is set up apparently means we can't share a file between offices without getting FMPro Server.


      Fair enough. What I don't understand is, um, how the whole thing works. (Bear with me! I can create databases, but I don't know ANYTHING about software, servers, etc.) If we get FMPro Server 10, will we all have to upgrade to FMPro 10? Or just the person who administers the database? Or will the program itself run off the server, obviating all of our local applications?


      Thanks for helping a confused person navigate these choices... 

        • 1. Re: 9, 10, Server, Pro, Advanced...

          If your network prevents Filemaker peer to peer from working, it will probably prevent FMP Server from working also. They are essentially the same thing from a networking viewpoint.

          Mac or Win? Version?

          Can you give the IP addresses for the individual computers?

          It is possible that a firewall is preventing communication on the 5009 port.

          Can you share files between computers? Can you all print to a network printer?

          Are you in the same office? Same building? Same city?

          Do you have an IT department? 

          More info will help. 

          • 2. Re: 9, 10, Server, Pro, Advanced...

            Mac, Running OSX Tiger. And I'm afraid I don't know the IP addresses for my colleagues in another town.


            Because yes, I can share the file over FM Network fine with the other person in my office (and yes, we can print to the same network printer), but when my colleagues in the next town over try to access it, they can see an IP of some sort (so they can see it IS being hosted), but no list of available files associated with it. My colleagues who can't access the file have, in the past, been able to print to printers in our office, if the drivers have been installed on their machines. (I think - again with the lack of tech wizardry.)


            Sounds like this is not just an easy "what do I need" question, but will require a heart-to-heart with our IT folks. 

            • 3. Re: 9, 10, Server, Pro, Advanced...

              Tell your IT people that you want to share FileMaker Databases across port 5009

              There are two portions to the port sharing - TCP and UDP have to be specified.