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Chapter 13. Multi-User Files on a Network > Setting Up Multi-User Files

Setting Up Multi-User Files

Once you have set your network protocols, you can either share files on your computer or access files on other computers. If your computer holds the database file, it's called the host. If you are accessing other files, your computer is a guest.

When you set files to be shared, FileMaker blocks both host and guest from certain actions to preserve the integrity of the database and prevent contradictory changes from being made. For example, when a user of a shared database is editing a record, that record is locked. Other users can view the data but can't edit it until the first user finishes the edit or switches to another record. Everyone can create and edit layouts and scripts, but only one user can do so at any time.


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