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Can I host multiple MacPractice databases on the same server computer?

While MacPractice is a powerful piece of software, it does have limits. While a standalone MacPractice Server and database may be all you need, you might be running multiple practices and need to keep the data separate, but you only have one computer.

Occasionally we are asked whether MacPractice can support multiple databases on a single computer.

The short answer is that we do not support multiple databases on a single computer or serial. This is due to a variety of reasons, paramount is ensuring the security and sanctity of your data. Having multiple databases running off of the same machine can create issues with the software that could adversely impact your practice.

This is especially true in the case of MacPractice Build 12.11 and up, as in these builds we've altered several backend elements to improve stability and start up times.

We are aware of some offices that have previously used workarounds, like going into the options available in the gear icon of the login window to adjust the Database Name to switch between two different databases. This is no longer possible in MacPractice 12.11 with the introduction of the Server Management App. MacPractice Support has assisted with these matters in the past to help facilitate your practice's needs, but this was never intended to be supported behavior.

If you have any further questions regarding this topic, don't hesitate to contact MacPractice Support.

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