I got same result using FMS14 on Win2008R2 Server, so it is not problem of using Win7
Firefox can save the file, but IE show it in new window.
It looks like server return the result without any content-type header or IE can't get it correctly, then rendering the file as HTML instead of saving it.
Workaround is easy that "don't use IE for admin console", bookmark it in another browser any of you want.
The file format is used as web.prefs on old FM Pro for saving instant web settings. Now the filename become fms14_settings.settings, this is the longest extension I've seen, and the name looks very redundant
Around 70% of all web users use Google Chrome this days. They have latest updates and structures for best performance. Stick to Chrome and add it as your Standard Browser. FMS settings have a very strange name like user19752 is telling you, but that is just how it is and needs to be for FMS to take the file when you want to import it into your new version of FMS.
I'm not sure but using Firefox dev tool, when do the menu admin console send request header as
and response has no Content-Type header. So the behavior of IE is not so unreasonable. Maybe the bad of admin console.
You need to have popup windows ENABLED in your browser in order to Save Schedules & Groups. It's a really bad User Experience (at least on Mac) because the Admin Console still returns a "Saved" message even when it hasn't saved.
The saved-settings file ("fms15_settings.settings") will most likely be in your downloads folder.
It may be a misunderstanding on my part. Here is part of the text:
Saving FileMaker Server schedules and groups
If you need to reinstall FileMaker Server on the same machine or move the installation to another machine, you can save the schedules and administrator groups that are configured in the current installation. It is also a good idea to save your FileMaker Server settings in case something unexpected occurs with the server, such as an unrecoverable crash. After you re-install FileMaker Server, you can then load these schedules and administrator groups to instantly configure them in the new installation.
Are they talking about some other settings (FileMaker settings) or is the same as schedules and groups ? I thought that would be about the deployment, so you can reinstall the server exactly as it was.
I believe the "settings" they're referring to are indeed the schedules and groups. Other settings don't get saved in that file. They recommend you "take note" of other settings. (I usually take screenshots)
See the 3rd step on this page: Reinstalling FileMaker Server to troubleshoot an issue | FileMaker :
Save Schedules and Groups
- Launch Admin Console
- Go to the Server menu > Save Schedules and Groups (saves as an .XML file)
- Take note of any additional settings configured in Admin Console.
Hmm, the page is clearly incorrect that the file is not saved as an .XML file (and the content also is not XML).
Or, is it saved as XML if proper set up?
No, it's not XML, its binary. I loaded in Notepad++, told it it's XML, and it was not able to display it as XML. Looks like it's a format that only FMS can recognize.
And there is no way to change the saved format. Strange.
It seems FMS11 and FMS12 save it as XML http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/7558
and FMS13 changed its format.
Oops, I could test it on FMS12, it is named .XML but the content is same as FMS14, binary (or totally encrypted, not "password (in XML) is encrypted") starting with FMIE...