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  1. Hi David, There's several ways to skin this cat, both very simple: 1) AppleScript saved as an application and added to Login items - set theFile to ((path to desktop) as text) & "[filename].fmp12" tell application "Finder" to open file theFile 2) Add [filename].fmp12 directly to Login items Regards, CDP
  2. I know this post is old, but it didn't appear to have a resolution. In FileMaker Pro 12/13, use this syntax: tell application "FileMaker Pro" set openDBs to name of every database if openDBs contains "[filename].fmp12" then show database "[filename].fmp12" else getURL "fmp://[account]:[password]@[host]/[filename].fmp12" end if end tell Hope this helps!
  3. The administrator of antivirus software for the company I work for asked me today about a "potential threat" detected by the antivirus program on our FileMaker Server VM (FileMaker Server 13.0.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Std). He listed the path to the "file", which I identified straight away as an image file stored externally from the database via Secure Storage. I sent him a link to the KB article on external container data storage using Secure Storage along with a comment that the antivirus is probably reporting a false-positive. His response was "That is a secure way to store viruses files." This got me thinking about keeping the data on both live databases and backups safe and secure. In my FM server setup, I follow best practices as much as possible, ensuring that antivirus programs don't scan hosted database file locations but I allowing it to scan backups (hence why it discovered the file in question). I'm not going to say there's no way a virus can sneak into our database; anything's possible, I suppose. But what I do know for sure is that each workstation that uses FileMaker to add files to containers in FM databases has an antivirus installed with on-access scanning enabled. Do you all have any advice for me here? I want to give my antivirus admin confidence that FileMaker Server is not a security risk, but I also want to understand any potential risks.
  4. In what OS are you seeing this behavior?
  5. For nearly 8 months, the company I work for has been experiencing very frustrating issues with xDBC Listener on FileMaker Server 12. We migrated to FileMaker Server 13 last week and we're seeing the same issues.  Both FMS12 and FMS13 have been installed on (separate) virtual machines, both running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (Dual-core, 16GB RAM, hosted DBs and backups live on secondary drives). ODBC connections hitting database files hosted on these servers are aborted anywhere from once to four times a day, but not always every day (it may go several days between abortions). The error reported on the server when the ODBC disconnections occur is "xDBC Listener process has terminated abnormally".  I have reported this problem to FMI and am in routine contact with their top-level support regarding this issue. They understand how important it is to fix this problem, but after nearly 8 months of troubleshooting with FMI, we are still having the same headaches.  I'm just wondering, am I the only one experiencing issues with xDBC Listener? I've searched the forum and found a few older posts semi-related, so I apologize if this is a duplicate post in any way.  Here's a screenshot of the xDBC Listener's affect on processor performance: What you don't see in the image is the CPU consumption for the listener alone is 55%. Once the ODBC connections drop off, CPU usage drops off to a normal state (<30% total).  My suspicion is that xDBC Listener.exe is simply the problem child of the FMS software. It's either the Listener, or possibly the ODBC driver that's at the root of the problem. Either way, I'm hoping this will be resolved soon. Without a reliable way for external systems to access data, it's hard to argue in favor of the FIleMaker platform is a viable enterprise-level solution for data management.
  6. That's pretty much what I'm planning to do on the Mac side. I'll talk it over with the Windows support staff and they'll probably be able to assist without a problem. Thanks again for your advice and insight!
  7. Is there documentation on how to write these specific registry entries on Windows? I'm having trouble finding this info.
  8. Only on the office computer. If a VPN connection were a handshake between computers, VPN Activator lets the office computer reach out its hand, initiating the handshake, and the laptop just needs to reach its proverbial hand to shake it by setting up the VPN network interface (in System Preferences via the TutsPlus instructions) and establishing the connection (handshake). Maybe that was a poor explanation, but hey, it's Friday!
  9. You're most certainly welcome. I wanted to mention one last thing about working remotely with FileMaker: The laptop user won't see the databases in the "Local Hosts" section of the "Open Remote" dialog box. They'll need to add the office computer's IP address (or DNS name) to the "Favorite Hosts" section of "Open Remote". Here's how to do that: http://www.filemaker.com/11help/html/fmp_basics.3.25.html
  10. The laptop user will need to connect to the office network via VPN. Once this VPN connection is established, the remote user will be able to see databases shared by FileMaker Pro on your primary computer. Here's a piece of software that will get you started: http://www.netputing.com/applications/vpn-activator/ You'll want to set up the VPN server on the primary computer (where the databases are stored/shared from), and configure the laptop to connect to it using the native VPN client in OS X. Here's a good overview of VPN technology and how to set up the laptop to connect when offsite: http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-use-vpn-on-your-mac--mac-46053 Hope this helps!
  11. You guys are great. Thanks for the advice!
  12. Most are, some aren't. I don't have a lot of experience automating PCs via VBScript, but I'm sure the MIS folks can handle that area while I knock out the Mac deployment. If we can't get VBScript to work, we'll plan to fall back on the Local Hosts option. All I need to do for the Local Hosts to work is bind/register the server with the Active Directory, right? Or do I just need to configure the FM server via LDAP? It's a VM w/ Windows Server 2008 Std R2, if that matters.
  13. Awesome! Thanks, Wim. I knew you'd be able to help.
  14. Last year the company I work for upgraded to FileMaker 12 from FileMaker 11, and the upgrade went very smoothly. I managed the client installations on the Mac side, while our MIS team handled PC deployments. The only headache that we experienced on the rollout was needing to manually set each user's Favorite Hosts. We've finished testing FMS13 and are planning to update the production server and clients soon, so does anyone know of a way to set a client Favorite Hosts remotely? This company has 85+ FM users now, so any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance! ---- Adam
  15. Oh that's great news, man. Glad to hear you got it resolved b/c I was honestly stumped!
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