WIth Filemaker Server 5, I believe you should be able to just get the file into the right folder on the server and server should open and host the files auotmatically.
As with any database, make and keep lot's of back up files. That should be SOP.
So, what folder would be considered the right folder?
After looking at your instructions I realized that the template we use is actually in the directory of the Filemaker Pro. I have to reinstall the FileMaker Server because what was restored is not a working application. When I install it, do I move over the template into Filemaker Server 5 or do I somehow direct it?
I'm going by memory about a system that I haven't touched in nearly two years as we've upgraded to server 10.
For this version of filemaker, there's a folder where you place all such files, I don't remember the name of this directory. It might be something as simple as a folder named "Filemaker Server". WIth that version, you had to either place the files or a shortcut to the files in the directory and then filemaker server would automatically open the files in that folder when it started up.
I'd open up filemaker server on your server machine and look at the directories. If you put the files in the wrong folder, nothing happens, you just won't be able to access the files across the network so you can safely do a bit of trial and error here until you get the right folder.
Thanks! As soon as we can get the serial number from the original tech guy--I will be doing this! So, question in regards to this. It seems that corruption seems to be a recurring side-effect of moving files around too much. Just what I seem to be getting the vibe from. Is there anything I should avoid doing so I can prevent this potential?
Also, and this may be a matter for a different post (if so, please move to) but if we can't obtain serial number, we are considering upgrading to v11. Would I need to deploy FileMaker 11 on all 6 machines and FileMaker Server v11 on host machine? Or can I just get FileMaker Server v11 on host machine and will my client pc with FileMaker v5 be able to read the database that was made in v5 which would now in be in v11?
If so, do I need to covert v5 database to v11 database or would it be a native "read"?
As long as your files are closed first, simply moving them from one location to another should not corrupt your file.
If you upgrade to 11, you'll need to upgrade your client machines to 11 as well. The file format has changed and your filemaker 5 machines won't be able to connect to the hosted files.
In addition, you'll have to convert all your files from filemaker 5 to 11. This is not a trivial change. You may find that you have a number of scripts to correct and if you have any text fields that are used in relationships, you may need to clean up your data as spaces and punctuation characters index differently. If I were you, I'd download the filemaker 11 trial and see how well the files convert to the new format.
Here's a knowledge base article with more on the subject: