If you want to have two users using the same database concurrently then you need to turn Filesharing on. Launch the file as you have been used to doing on your 'main' server. The 'Sharing' option is in the File menu. Set Filemaker sharing 'On'. Now go to the second user's computer and launch Filemaker. In the File menu select 'Open remote...'. There you will see in the left hand pane the name of the copmuter that the file has been opened on. Click on it. On the right hand pane you will see all the FM files hosted on that computer. (You may only see one.)
Click on the file you wnat to use and open it with your usual name and password.
That makes sense for the sharing issue. How about the creation of a back-up (daily) to a safe spot on our server? Can this be scripted to do that automatically? maybe even a quick save every time an entry is made.
You could script the backup, but the purists will (quite rightly) say that you should employ Filemaker Server and use its in-built back-up management. If you do back-ups while a peer-to-peer shared file is being used by other users then you could have problems.
Yes but I haven't success to backup on removable HD - I cannot wake it up automatically. So I switch to 4GB flash and now is OK.
I know you are quite right about using FM Server, but since we are hardly using the power of FM anyway, plus I was barely able to get the purchase of the multi-user license for 5 approved, much less the entry cost for the Server Ver! At least I did find a script already written for inventorying which added a function that we weren't already using. I will just have to make sure and be diligent about putting back-ups to the server myself on a regular basis and learn as uch as I can about Filemaker to make it as usable as possible for our needs.
Thanks to all that chimed in!