1 Reply Latest reply on May 3, 2012 2:13 PM by philmodjunk

    Upgrade to FMP Server 12?



      Upgrade to FMP Server 12?

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      We are currently using FMP 11 Advanced Server (and clients) and have an upgrade to FMP 12.  However, we are concerned about this upgrade because it does not appear to be a "normal" upgrade.  In other words, the existing FMP 11 server needs to be uninstalled first which means clients will not be able to connect.  In addition, FMP12 adds the fmp12 extension to the databases so will our FMP 11 clients be able to work with that without having the FMP 12 client installed first?  Or do we upgrade the clients to FMP 12 first - and will these FMP12 clients then be able to work with the existing FNP 11 Server before we upgrade it to FMP 12?  We have tried to find out this information before we upgrade as we have over 100 clients who will not be able to be disrupted for a long period of time.

      We have read the getting started guide for FMP 12 and it indicates that we need to use Filemaker Pro to convert our current fmp7 databases to fmp12.  When do we do that?  During the installation?  Does each one get converted manually?  If they get converted before the clients do, will the clients be able to open the databases if they are still using FMP 11?

      Thanks for any advise or support or additional information you have about this upgrade.  As you can see, we are a little concerned as it doesn't seem to be as seamless as it needs to be.  Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Upgrade to FMP Server 12?

          FileMaker 11 clients will not be able to access a file hosted by FileMaker server 12. Filemaker server 12 will not be able to host files with the .fp7 extension as FileMaker 12 uses a new and different file format.

          To convert an FMP 11 file (.fp7 extension), you launch FileMaker 12 and use open from the file menu to open the file. The conversion process leaves your original copies of the file unmodified, but produces a new copy of the file converted to .fmp12 format.

          Before spending $$ on server 12, I recommend downloading the 30 day trial of FileMaker Pro and using it to convert copies of your files. You can then test these converted copies to see how they run on your computers. You may also want to access the Known Bug List here in the forum and navigate to the last few pages of this thread to review reported and publically acknowledged issues with Filemaker 12 to see if any will adversely impact your solutions.