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Hi,

Does FM Server 9/Pro 9 have an Offline Files feature that allows you to open remote databases when disconnected from the network.

I have set this up for Windows shares in Vista and not having FM do the same is the only thing stopping me from having a complete offline solution.

Thanks/...

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No.

An off-line solution that you propose could be built, but the most complex part is the process used to synchronise the off-line records with the main records.

What seems like a simple problem (synchronisation) is actually difficult because somewhere along the line, somebody's data is going to be deleted.

Say somebody modifies a record in the off-line system, and another person modifies the same record in the main system, but the modifications are different. Only one modification will be final, which one is it?

Rules to solve this could work on modification date (the last mod wins) or on user privilege (the administrator's modification wins) or some other rule, or a combination.

The whole point of networking databases is to *avoid* the problem of synchronisation.

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