"local hosts" is empty; must use "Specify Hosts"


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"local hosts" is empty; must use "Specify Hosts"

Postby Joseph O'Brien » Wed, 15 Aug 2007 01:45:00 GMT

We had a slight network meltdown this morning, from which we have
recovered 99%. The only issue is that users are having trouble logging
onto FileMaker Server.

We're running FMS 5.0 on Windows Server 2003. Clients are running FMP
6.0 on both Macs and PCs. Prior to the "meltdown," users are not able
to access the server by going through Open > Hosts > Local Hosts. The
Local Hosts screen is blank. However, if we add the local IP address
under "Specify Hosts," everything shows up fine.

I realize this might be more of a networking issue than a FileMaker
issue, but I'm not sure how to fix it.

Our network is very simple. Everyone's on the same subnet. The router
assigns DHCP to clients. DNS is controlled by our Small Business

Other services running on the Windows Server/FileMaker Server are
accessible (file sharing and printing).

Can anyone point me in the right direction on this?


Re: "local hosts" is empty; must use "Specify Hosts"

Postby Brent Simon » Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:42:29 GMT

You mentioned a network meltdown. Have a sit and let me tell you a story. 
Before our recent upgrade, we had installed FMServer 5.5 on a Win2000 
Server with 11 FMPro 6.0 clients with no problems for 2 years.

We recently upgraded to newer, faster and more better server (sic) 
running Win2003. After installing FMServer 5.5, uninstalling FMServer 
5.5, installing FMServer 8.0, we experienced problems ... crash ... crash 
...crash ... crash ... crash ... (pause for emphasis) ... Damn, the 
Server CRASHED again! 

Long story short, after weeks of trouble shooting, we finally figured out 
it was FMServer 5.5 that was causing our server to crash. 

We orginally installed FMServer 5.5, uninstalled FMServer 5.5, installed 
FMServer 8 (FMPro 8.5 clients)and the Win2003 still crashed on a very 
consitant basis. (Spirits of pervious version 5.5 may have still lurked 
in the registry) It wasnt untill we wiped the hardisk clean, Installed 
Win2003, installed FMServer 9 (Far superior to previous versions, IMHO) 
that our probelms disappeared completely. 

NOTE: FileMaker does not support FMServer 5.5 running on Win2003.

Not sure if this is the answer you were looking for, but ....

Joseph O'Brien < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in 

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