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I am just getting to look into publishing my database on the web, and I need to get one silly point straight. Is the only way to publish a database on the web by getting a company with Filemaker hosting available? To clarify, I guess there is not way to publish a Filemaker database without Filemaker working in the background?

I know it is a silly question, but I have the website, I have the server space, and HOPED that it would be as easy as publishing the database that is on my computer. No such luck huh?

Finally, if all that is true, and I must find ANOTHER company to publish my site, then does anyone know of a company in Canada (Toronto) who does this?

thanks for your help...

FileMaker Version: 6

Platform: Mac OS X Jaguar

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Hi, Rich! I believe FMP needs to be open and running on a web server in order to access its data; furthermore, it is user run and must run as the currently logged in user. Technically, you will also probably need FMP Unlimited if you are using versions 5 or 6.

If you have FMP-u or the equivalent and your computer at home/work has a static IP address and a continuous internet connection, you can publish from there. Your main site would still be on the hosted server for static content and what not, but you can link to your FMP server for dynamic content using its IP address.

I've never worked with a FMP web host but I know they're out there. I think I even remember an FMFORUMS post about a host in Canada, too.

--ST

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there is a way to run filemaker as a 'service' if your db is on a windows 2000 computer. That way you, as a user, don't have to login for your db to be available vie web. I have the info but it is a little much to post here. let me know your address by private message if you would like to look at it.

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Hi -

I'm aware of srvany. My specific question was about successfully running FileMaker Pro or Unlimited as a service. Based on your response I'm assuming you have - were you able to run FileMaker Pro, Unlimited or both as services? Did you experience any less stability running FM as a service versus as an application? On which Windows operating system(s) were you able to successfully run FM as a service? How did you do backups with Unlimited or Pro running as a service? Thanks.

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