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#1: Newbie Runtime Questions

Posted on 2008-04-23 01:51:09 by Peter Sturges

Sorry for all the questions guys.

So I'm moving to FMP 8 (or 9) from 6. I have 10 seats and the server app.

Most of my seats are simple users, look stuff up, run a report or 2,
modify the odd record. No layout or report editing etc.

What's to stop me deploying runtime modules to those 10 seats and host
the main files with the server app and link the runtimes to the server
files? That would save me a couple of grand right there.

Thanks

Peter

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#2: Re: Newbie Runtime Questions

Posted on 2008-04-23 03:21:26 by Helpful Harry

In article
<ogusa-C4EA51.13510922042008@sn-radius.vsrv-sjc.supernews.net>, Peter
Sturges <ogusa@lava.net> wrote:

> Sorry for all the questions guys.
>
> So I'm moving to FMP 8 (or 9) from 6. I have 10 seats and the server app.
>
> Most of my seats are simple users, look stuff up, run a report or 2,
> modify the odd record. No layout or report editing etc.
>
> What's to stop me deploying runtime modules to those 10 seats and host
> the main files with the server app and link the runtimes to the server
> files? That would save me a couple of grand right there.

Short Answer
No, you can't do that.


Long Answer
FileMaker's Runtime applications cannot host databases nor open
databases hosted by full FileMaker / Server on another computer.
Runtime applications are strictly single user only - there's no way
around that.

Also, you should not put databases on a file server and then open them
across the network using the operating systems sharing. To be opened
across a network the database must be hosted by either full FileMaker
or FileMaker Server (or whatever they call it these days).
ie. Do not double-click database files on a file server. Always use the
Open Hosts command.

Combining both of these means you can't do what you are saying above.
You need a license for FileMaker on each computer. A separate computer
acting as a server running the Serer version of FileMaker is probably a
good idea, but not strictly necessary for 10 users. A 10-user pack will
be cheaper than buying 10 separate copies of FileMaker, and there have
been deals where you get the Server version for free when buying
multi-licenses.

Technically you could run one copy of FileMaker / Server on a computer
to host the files, and then use a normal web browser to access the
databases, but realistically that's usually more trouble than it's
worth.


Helpful Harry
Hopefully helping harassed humans happily handle handiwork hardships ;o)

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#3: Re: Re: Newbie Runtime Questions

Posted on 2008-04-23 19:44:44 by FastWolf

On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:21:26 +1200, Helpful Harry
<helpful_harry@nom.de.plume.com> wrote:

> A separate computer
>acting as a server running the Serer version of FileMaker is probably a
>good idea, but not strictly necessary for 10 users.

I think the limit on users for files shared with FM Pro is 5,
including the host. FM Server is 250.

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FW

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#4: Re: Newbie Runtime Questions

Posted on 2008-04-24 08:26:50 by Helpful Harry

In article <g8tu045skt0lb5o57skbom0c4fku4gaotr@4ax.com>, FastWolf
<wolfsofast@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:21:26 +1200, Helpful Harry
> <helpful_harry@nom.de.plume.com> wrote:
>
> > A separate computer
> >acting as a server running the Serer version of FileMaker is probably a
> >good idea, but not strictly necessary for 10 users.
>
> I think the limit on users for files shared with FM Pro is 5,
> including the host. FM Server is 250.

It used to be 10 users for normal FileMaker Pro, but you could be right
about the newer versions being lower. It really depends on how many of
those users need to access the database at the same time.

Helpful Harry
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