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Accessing a hosted FileMaker Pro 12 database over the network

Question asked by HarvardMathDepartment on Aug 16, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 16, 2013 by davidanders


Accessing a hosted FileMaker Pro 12 database over the network


We have FMPro 12 Mac clients that can't see databases being served up FMPro 12 Mac server.

We have a recently installed FMPro 12 server running on Mountain Lion 10.8.4 serving up very small flat databases to a handful of users.

These databases were previously served from a Filemaker 10 10.6.8 client via sharing (not using a server) to Snow Leopard 10.6.8 machines with no problem.

This  no longer worked when we upgraded the clients to 10.8.4, so we bought server and upgraded clients to the latest FMPro 12, as well as upgrading the databases to fmp12 format.

Our client machines have an administrative user where all the files are local.  The *administrative* user sees the correct 'Available Files' under the 'Open Remote File' dialogue.

However, our users login to these machines via NIS and their files aren't local to the hard drive, they're on a remote NFS file server.  These users can see the file server but their list of "Available Files" is empty and attempting to put in the explicit filename results in a message that  "the file can not be opened.  Either the host is not available, or the file is not available on the host."

Log back into the same machine as an administrative user with local files only and that local user can see the Available Files just fine.

What can we do to let our non-Admin users access these files?