Connecting Users to Your Private Host

Customers using a private server to host Briefcase can access Briefcase using shortcuts. A shortcut points to your database wherever you may be, thus eliminating the need to remember server locations and file names. This video will show you how to find your IP address and create a shortcut.

Note: this information is for Briefcase users using a Private Host only. If you are a using our cloud service and are seeking information on adding users to Briefcase, see our Adding Users article.

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In this video you will learn two ways that you can connect users to Briefcase.

Lets start by launching FileMaker Pro.

From the File menu select Open Remote.

Select Local Hosts from the Hosts menu. If the host is available it will appear in the space below.

Select the host and click on Briefcase in the list of available files then click Open.

When the connection is established the user is directed to the login screen.

The other way to connect is by using a shortcut.

First you need your Host IP address. Launch FileMaker Pro and From the File menu select Open Remote. Select Local Hosts from the Hosts menu. If the host is available it will appear in the space below. Select the host and copy the host address.

Navigate to the support page on our website.

Click on the Create A Shortcut link in the right menu.

Choose the version of Briefcase you are using from the select menu. Now paste the IP address in to the Local IP field.

The second Public Address is used to connect to Briefcase from outside your local network, if you're accessing Briefcase offsite you'll need this address.

This page on our site can provide your Public IP address, but if you are operating inside a larger network or have IT personnel, it may be a good idea to check this with them first.

Click the download button to create the shortcut.

Once downloaded, we recommend putting the shortcut in the FileMaker Pro application folder; copy the download, navigate to the FileMaker Pro folder, and then paste in place.

For easy access drag the shortcut to the file end of the Dock or if you are using Windows, you can pin the shortcut to the FileMaker icon on the Task Bar.

Finally click the shortcut to launch Briefcase.

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