Filemaker Pro version 10 will not see databases on local server

Posted on 2013-01-28
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
Connecting to a Windows server with a new IMac - it finds the server with the correct name and IP address but it will not show the databases that are available.  Have tried resetting the date as suggested on Filemaker Pro support site but no luck with that scenario.  Anyone else having this problem or know of an answer?
Question by:Vicki Knutsen
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Will Loving earned 150 total points
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go onto a computer that IS able to see the databases and search for a file called "server.pem". Copy that file to the new computer replacing the one that's there (being sure of course to quit FileMaker before doing so). That should take care of it. (And generally speaking, while EE lets you set a range of points for questions, in practice, nearly all questions are done at 500 points. You're more likely to get responses and get them sooner if you do).

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by:Vicki Knutsen
ID: 38829619
Does the server.pem file work on Macs?
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by:Will Loving
ID: 38829647
You mean can you move it from a Windows machine to a Mac? I'm not sure but I think it will. If you don't have another Mac that can see the server but not the files, I would try it. I have some recollection of it working but it was few years ago. The date trick also works but you have to completely uninstall, including removing any server.pem file that exists, restart, change the date and then re-install. The issue has do do with an expired security certificate date in the installer, I believe.

Be sure to restart the entire computer after replacing the server.pem file if you try that method.

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by:Vicki Knutsen
ID: 38831357
I was able to find the file on my Mac so I copied it - interestingly there was NO server.pem file on the I-Mac which was having problems - as soon as I copied the file - Filemaker saw the files on the server - without restarting.  Thanks so much for the help! I was getting frustrated.
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by:Will Loving
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Glad it worked out. It helps to have been using FM for nearly 25 years that I recognize some of these older issues.

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