Thank you for the post.
Our Testing and Development departments are aware of an issue with FileMaker Server 13 not starting up upon boot on Mac OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks.
At this time, the workaround to prevent this from occurring is to disable spotlight's indexing of the Macintosh HD.
Running the following command in Terminal.app will also start all the FileMaker Server 13 processes:
sudo launchctl start com.filemaker.fms
This issue was originally reported here:
Additionally, I added your report to the one made to Testing and Development.
Thanks for the instantaneous response.
This is shocking news. I'm not sure if I'm glad not to have read this thread earlier. In the summer, or for most of it, I live 200 kilometres, or a two-hour drive, from my office server. At one point recently I had to make the drive to restart the server machine as a result of a power failure. To avoid the problem in the future I set the server machine to restart automatically after a power failure. Now I'm finding out that although the machine will restart, FMS might not? This is nearly unbelievable. OS 10.9.4 is an Apple product and FileMaker is a subsidiary of Apple. The left hand doesn't seem to know what the right hand is doing
I also tripped over this one recently when "quickly" setting up a new development server in parallell with doing other stuff, but turning off Spotlight is actually listed in the FMS Getting Started Guide.
There could perhaps be a better/louder indication of the importance of this in both the documentation and Installer itself, but I think it a fair amount of blame lies with us as well. It's high time for us all to treat FileMaker Server as the serious database server it has become. That includes taking a good look at the product documentation.
And a Battery Back up UPS for your server would be a good idea if you do not already have one...
UPS would work for a very short power outage. And most are brief . . .
But of course, but it helps your system do a a more orderly shut down and this can protect both software and hardware.