DevCon 2015: Mind if I Switch the Server? - Wim DeCorte

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Wim DeCorte (Soliant Consulting Inc)

Session Description

The most important new feature to come to FileMaker Server is the ability to automatically sync to a standby server and allowing a manual switch-over or fail-over. In this session, you will see this mechanism in action. You will see how you can set it up and what you should look out for. Once it is set up you will learn how you can monitor the syncing and how you can execute the switch-over when you need to. Also, we’ll discuss some of the existing server best practices and introduce some new ones too!

What you should know

Some familiarity with the FileMaker Server console will help but no previous experience with FileMaker Server required.

Products & Technologies

  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • Other

What You Will Learn

  • How do you prepare your deployment to take advantage of this new feature
  • How do you link the primary and standby server and how do you monitor that the sync is working fine
  • How do you initiate a switch-over and a fail-over (and can this be scripted through the OS)
  • What is the effect on existing Server best practices and what are the new best practices

Attachments and Links

  • Session materials (PDF)
  • Demo file (zip)
  • a video walkthrough of the demo file
  • a video demonstrating how to connect the two servers to complete the Primary / Standby setup
  • a video showing the switch-over sequence
  • a video showing a server crash and how to execute a fail-over


The demo file allows you to:

  • check the status of your Primary/Server deployment at will
  • force a sync of one file or all files on-demand
  • force a sync of folders that are otherwise not kept in sync between the Primary and Standby server



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