If you are making changes to a hosted interface file on the server there is no need to distribute it to clients since the changes are in the file that gets used.
Are you talking about uploading a new version after local development?
The short answer to your question is yes, you can swap out the interface file in order to implement new functionality. This is one of the attractions of the separation model. The process is fairly simple:
1) Notify all users there will be a brief outage.
2) Shut the database down on the server using the Admin Console.
3) Copy the old file to an archive area (so you can back up if something goes wrong).
4) Upload the new file (using FileMaker Pro / Advanced) to the server.
5) Notify users that the new file is available and the application is back in service.
Now, with all that said, here are some things to think about:
1) For the configuration to be as useful as possible, try to put as much functionality as you can in the interface file. Use interface level tools (Conditional Formatting, Hide Object, scripts, etc.) instead of calculation fields. Put as little business logic as you can in the data file. This is because:
2) The separation model is not as big a benefit as it may first appear. It's rare for an extensive upgrade of a FileMaker database not to require changes to the database schema (the fields and tables). If you have small changes that don't affect the data layer, it's easy. But if anything changes the data layer, then you will need to migrate the data into the new version anyway.
Hi bigtom and Mike_Mitchell, thanks for answer. Yes i thing uploading new release on server after shutdown file, but new upload overwrite old file or i must delete manually on server before?
You must remove it.
There is a function in the Admin Console to remove a database, by the way. Better than doing it manually through the OS.
The problem is: I’m a software developer freelance and would update new selease also from remote or my office to my customer so working at home too.
Can i upload from remote too?
Sure. Just log into the Admin Console web page.
So can i connect to Admin Console from remote too? Sorry for asking i'm new of filemaker. How?
I've open 80 and 5003 port on router for web direct only.
i've connected by https://ip address host:16000/admin-console an i can close and delete old interface.fmp12
Now, how upload on sever new release upgraded from my remote office?
When i upload on Filemaker server i write Host address: https://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:16000 Name and Password for Admin Console but filemaker can't connect to it. What is my mistake?
Once the old file is deleted through the admin console, you would then upload to FMS using FMP of FMPA.
File>Sharing>Upload to FileMaker Server
Generally you enter the IP address only s the host address and FileMaker works out the port number for you. I have never entered https:// either as I recall. You use the credentials for the FMS admin console.
Getting your client to give you access to the server with remote desktop would make your like a little easier.
Thanks bigtom, my mistake was enter the https prefix, with only IP host it works.Best Regards