Yes you should ALWAYS close the files before you stop the server.
Ok. Just want to make sure I have this correct. If I close the files (but don't remove them), I can work on them remotely as the owner of the file, correct? Same would be correct if I have to reboot my server - just close the files (but not remove them), correct?
Yes to reboot the box the normal sequence would be to:
1. Log in to the admin console
2. Boot out any users if still connected.
3. Close the files
4. Stop filemaker server
5. Reboot the box.
I even go one further step as to stop the service before I reboot.
Also its probably a good idea to turn off the feature of having FileMaker server auto-start on. Just in case there are outages.
Thanks. Still need to verify - if I need to work on the file remotely, say to change passwords, do I just close the file or do I have to remove it (in older versions you had to be the "owner" of the file to do this - file could not be on the network). Thanks.
Well you *could work on the live served files but as a best practice its best to take down the files first and then work on them locally.
Ok. Thanks very much for your help.