How to create desktop icon to open remote database

 Is there a way in windows to create desktop icons that will automatically open remote FM database ?


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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
where is the FM database located?
birissouAuthor Commented:

The dabase is located on our internal network on a FM Server. The machine can be called by name (fmdb) or by IP ( .
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
right click on the desktop NEW-SHORTCUT, then locate the file on your server
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birissouAuthor Commented:
The file is not visible from the user''s desktop.
Right now, they have to open Filemaker, then File->OpenRemote, select the database server and click on the database.
I am just looking for a quicker way to do it via an icon on the desktop.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"The file is not visible from the user''s desktop"

is the file hidden? perhaps go to windows explorer then TOOLS -OPTIONS and show hidden file, show extensions.
tssss... a filemaker file which is shared is not a SMB or netbios share, explorer won't see it! only filemaker can see it.
to start it with an 'icon', the easiest is to create a dummy filemaker database with no table no record, just a script which does open remote [file ref]
and then set that script to be the startup script in file options, and distribute to all users. you can even place it on a shared volume (netbios wise), and put an alias on everybody's dsktop

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birissouAuthor Commented:
ok. I had seen this technique from a previous question. I was hoping a command line argument in the shortcut for filemaker specifying the server and database would have done it.
 I'll give it another day otherwise you'll get the points :) Thanks.

you can use the argument in a shortcut only for a local file, not for a network shared one.
I admit this is not very smart, fm should even be able to generate the complete shortcut itself for people not familiar with command lines in shortcuts.
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