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Backups create a new time stamped folder

Question asked by simoncpage on Jan 24, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 24, 2011 by TSGal


Backups create a new time stamped folder


FileMaker Server



Operating system version

Windows 2008 64bit

Description of the issue

In older versions of filemaker you could backup files to the same folder and overwrite now you have to backup and create a new timestamped folder each time?

For backing up offsite this creates lots of issues.

Most offsite backup software will do file versioning but this only works if you backup the same file (location and name). If you backup the same name but to a new (timestamped) folder it thinks it is a new set of files and hence no versioning.

The other issue is that it backups the entire folder (because of the folder name change) each time and not just the database files within that folder that have changed. I only have a 4GB database folder but 4GB x 5 each week is 20GB x 52 weeks = 1.04TB per annum...

Can YOU PLEASE add a tickbox:
Timestamp backup folders (yes / no)

An do some more research on offsite backup not just local.


Steps to reproduce the problem

Just run a backup and you can see if creates a new folder name every time.

Expected result

To be able to have a check box:
Timestamp backup folders (yes / no)


I wish there was one. Because we have 50GB of offsite storage I have to manually going in and delete some of the older backup folders.