If you wanted to go the network access way you could always set-up a secure VPN connection.
A really basic non-network way would be just to take a copy of the whole DB, no exporting just copy the FMP file
Thanks for the reply.
How do you get a copy of the file onto a client computer when it is hosted on the server? I didn't think the 'save as copy' option was available that way. Please correct me if I'm wrong - I'm unable to test it at the moment as I don't have access to the server for a while.
The users won't have internet access on the road so I'm looking for a way to get it locally onto the computer just for viewing.
It isn't a FMP function you are literally copying the FMP file in the finder (OS X), There is a Database Folder on the server where the FMP files are stored in OS X it's:
From here you could literally "COPY" (never move it out of there) the file onto a memory stick or so, in fact you could set-up the server to backup files to a folder on the desktop and use those
My understanding is that it's quite risky practice to copy the database file from the "Databases" folder on the server machine, in terms of potentially causing data or file corruption. (That's what the Filemaker Training Series says anyway.)
The backup way could be an option though. However, I'd prefer the users not to have to go through a tricky process to do it. I was hoping there's a way to set it up for easy access, and ideally, that I could script it.
Hmmm I've done it many times with no corruption whatsoever,
There is a script step "Save a Copy as" where you can define the path to where it should be saved, the script is under the "Files" section
*Never* directly copy your actual database file while it is opened by either FileMaker Pro or Server - you will risk permanent file corruption by doing so, as well as possible hidden data loss. The "save a copy as" script does something completely different to save a copy of your database.