File Maker Database > Multiuser?


I have a database that is saved on a file server that, in the past, one user has had access to. I bought a second copy of Filemaker so that a second user can access this database.

When the second user goes in, it says the file is in use.

Is it possible to allow more than one user access to a database without spending any more money? Do I need filemaker server? I'm not terribly familiar with the product.

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A fm file cannot be opened twice.
of course fm server is the best, but for 2 users, a bit of waste though.
you can share the file for the 2nd user using the 1st fm machine.
all you have to do is file/share (this is in a slightly different place on mac and pc version, but you should find it.
then you go to 2nd machine, and use open remote: in here you should see the ip address of the machine which is sharing the file, double click on it will show the list of files available.
the 1st machine must have fm running permanently or at least when 2nd one wants to use it.
the file may have to be reviewed for global fields as these are local to each user, and not stored if the file is shared. unexperienced programmers may fall in this trap.
also note that storing the file on a network volume when sharing it is not a good idea i terms of performance, it should reside on the machine which shared it.

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