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Chapter 17. Exchanging Data via ODBC > To turn on the Data Access Companions:

To turn on the Data Access Companions:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences > Application (Figure 17.1).

Figure 17.1. To turn on the Data Access Companions, choose Edit > Preferences > Application.


2.
When the Application Preferences dialog box appears, click the Plug-Ins tab (Figure 17.2).

Figure 17.2. Click the Plug-Ins tab and check Local… or Remote… depending on where the ODBC-enabled database resides.


3.
Check Local Data Access Companion if you want to share FileMaker data with an ODBC-enabled database on the same computer. If you want to share FileMaker data across a TCP/IP network, check the third choice, Remote Data Access Companion.

4.
Click OK and the Application Preferences dialog box will close.

5.
Now open the FileMaker file you want to share and choose File > Sharing (Figure 17.3).

Figure 17.3. Open the FileMaker file you want to share, then choose File > Sharing.


6.
When the File Sharing dialog box appears (Figure 17.4), first choose Multi-User in the FileMaker Network Sharing panel. Within the Companion Sharing panel, make the same choice you made in step 3: Local Data Access Companion to share the file with an ODBC-enabled database on the same computer; Remote Data Access Companion to share the file across a TCP/IP network.

Figure 17.4. Choose Multi-User to share a file, then check Local… or Remote… in the bottom panel to match your choice in Figure 17.2.


7.
Click OK and the File Sharing dialog box will close. The FileMaker file can now be reached by an ODBC-enabled database. For more information, see To use FileMaker data from an ODBC application on the next page.

Tip

  • To control access to the FileMaker data across the network, it's best to assign a password to the shared file. For more information, see Defining Passwords on page 252.



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