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 remote file opening
FMP3 On a PC.

Imagine two PC's networked together both using the same FMP programs.
Is it possible for me at my machine, to open a file, bringing to the
forground, on the other PC, in an administrator passing instructions or
comments to the other user, and forcing them to see them.

I thought about using a field on the layout, but I use about 30 files, and
about 100 layouts that the other user could be in at any time.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Tim



Sun, 21 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 remote file opening

Quote:

> FMP3 On a PC.

> Imagine two PC's networked together both using the same FMP programs.
> Is it possible for me at my machine, to open a file, bringing to the
> forground, on the other PC, in an administrator passing instructions or
> comments to the other user, and forcing them to see them.

> I thought about using a field on the layout, but I use about 30 files, and
> about 100 layouts that the other user could be in at any time.

> Many thanks in advance for your help.

Only if you are running Filemaker Server software.  Otherwise, if you
are on the machine hosting the databases, you can force a quit (not
wise, because it can cause file corruption, but it can be done), but you
can't send messages from within Filemaker to the guest users.

Lynn Allen
Allen & Allen Semiotics         FSA Member - Filemaker Pro Consulting
http://www.semiotics.com        Web & Graphic Design



Sun, 21 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 remote file opening
Thanks Lynn,
If I was to purchase the server edition, what facility does it give to do
this then?
I wasn't aware that the server edition had extra features!
A technical spec is very hard to get hold of.

Tim.

Quote:


>> FMP3 On a PC.

>> Imagine two PC's networked together both using the same FMP programs.
>> Is it possible for me at my machine, to open a file, bringing to the
>> forground, on the other PC, in an administrator passing instructions or
>> comments to the other user, and forcing them to see them.

>> I thought about using a field on the layout, but I use about 30 files,
and
>> about 100 layouts that the other user could be in at any time.

>> Many thanks in advance for your help.

>Only if you are running Filemaker Server software.  Otherwise, if you
>are on the machine hosting the databases, you can force a quit (not
>wise, because it can cause file corruption, but it can be done), but you
>can't send messages from within Filemaker to the guest users.

>Lynn Allen
>Allen & Allen Semiotics         FSA Member - Filemaker Pro Consulting
>http://www.semiotics.com        Web & Graphic Design



Mon, 22 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 remote file opening

Quote:

> Thanks Lynn,
> If I was to purchase the server edition, what facility does it give to do
> this then?
> I wasn't aware that the server edition had extra features!
> A technical spec is very hard to get hold of.

Tim:

FM Server allows the admin to send messages to users at any time, close
those users down without damage to the files even if they don't close
willingly, and I believe lets you schedule pauses for backups.  FM
Server is NOT a full version of Filemaker...that is, you still need FM
to develop your files, all it does is serve and administer your files.
It's also recommended you run it on a dedicated server machine, Mac, Win
or NT, whichever flavor you prefer.  It allows serving many more files,
with many more connected users than does the FM straight.

Have you gone to http://www.filemaker.com for tech specs?

Lynn Allen
Allen & Allen Semiotics         FSA Member - Filemaker Pro Consulting
http://www.semiotics.com        Web & Graphic Design



Mon, 22 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 remote file opening

Quote:


>>> Thanks Lynn,
>>> If I was to purchase the server edition, what facility does it give to do
>>> this then?
>>> I wasn't aware that the server edition had extra features!
>>> A technical spec is very hard to get hold of.

>>Tim:

>>FM Server allows the admin to send messages to users at any time, close
>>those users down without damage to the files even if they don't close
>>willingly, and I believe lets you schedule pauses for backups.
>> FM Server is NOT a full version of Filemaker...that is, you still need FM
>>to develop your files, all it does is serve and administer your files.
>>It's also recommended you run it on a dedicated server machine, Mac, Win
>>or NT, whichever flavor you prefer.  It allows serving many more files,
>>with many more connected users than does the FM straight.

>>Have you gone to http://www.filemaker.com for tech specs?

>>Lynn Allen
>>Allen & Allen Semiotics         FSA Member - Filemaker Pro Consulting
>>http://www.semiotics.com        Web & Graphic Design

As for the backups:

The Mac version has an integrated GUI backup scheduler which is easy to
use and very flexible. One can administer the server from the server box
or any workstation running the FMP client by clicking the server name
instead of a file under "Open / Hosts". To open/close DBs remotely the
files must reside in the same folder as the application, or a sub-folder.

The WinNT version is a bit more cumbersome.  One must manually edit a
supplied Backup.CMD file, then run it either with a console "AT" command,
or using WinAT a GUI scheduler utility (Found on the NT Server 4.0
resource kit DC). Unlike the Mac, where one can operate the server
application directly, the NT version performs all administrative tasks via
client version using "Open/Hosts" described above.  As with a remotely
administered Mac FMP server the DBs must reside in the same folder as the
application, or a sub-folder.

On either version files will occasionally become corrupted if the server
crashes. Usually they will restart after a somewhat lengthy integrity
check (seems to take 2-3x longer than the client version). About 1 out of
10 times a file will need to be "recovered" to repair it. For this reason
I've configured my FMP servers (I run both a Mac and a NT) to create
hourly odd/even backups of mission critical files, and daily and weekly
mirror of all files on separate removable disk.  This is all done
automatically with the BU scheduler; piece of cake on the Mac, but a real
chore to set-up on the NT box.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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