it is possible to download / upload / open documents hosted in Azure directly from a Filemaker solution?
You can use FileMaker Server on Azure as your Cloud service. When you have your FMS up and running you can upload your files from FileMaker Pro
Sorry. Maybe I did not explain myself proper.
The Filemaker Server run in a dedicate Windows Machine other than Azure and we are not going to move it to Azure.
Azure host only documents and backups.
You should not store you databases anywhere else then on dedicated hard drive at the same place as your installed FMS. A FM -database have internal index that might be corrupt if you have your live database on a place where there might be backups running/index search/anti virus search at the same time as your users change data in your solution.
The FM database it's accessed trough client server and everything it's run okay. We only need to share documents linked to records. The documents are stored in a Azure cloud service.
In FMS you setup Extra hard drives where you can store you container data. That hard drive needs to be on the actual server machine or attached to it. I do not thing you even can choose a hard drive in the Cloud and I would not recommend anyone to do that either if you FMS was not in the Cloud. If you are located in USA I can recommend you to use FileMaker Cloud as your FMS and with that you can have your hard drive in the Cloud
With Google drive use to work...
Google Drive is not connected with a cable to your machine, so I would not use that. You can not control what is happening on a Cloud hard drive.
I assume your are talking about Azure storage and not DocumentDB. You should be able to mount it on the client. Is the problem an automatic mount. Probably this could be done with a system script which you can run from FileMaker.
Also, have a look if this helps:
Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer
Yes. We are talking about Azure storage. I'll check the link you send.
Lots of thanks
if it does not help, you will need to find applications which mount Azure storage as a network drive. If it is consistent enough, you can store the file path to the files against the records.
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