2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 23, 2017 3:37 PM by TimOwen

    FileMaker Server External Container Storage Size Limit?

    TimOwen

      Although the maximum storage size for Container fields in FileMaker Pro is 4GB, it is stated in Knowledge Base Article ID 11888 - Container field enhancements in FileMaker:

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      Enhancements to Container Fields

      • When using FileMaker Server, you can now configure / store container data on a separate drive.  For example, you can use a fast solid state drive (SSD) for your database and a large, slower drive for your container field data.
      • When uploading to FileMaker Server, the maximum size of all remote containers is no longer limited to 4GBs.

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      I have a cloud-hosted, virtual server FMS15 media archive solution (running on Rackspace.com) that uses Open Storage on a separate D: drive, using the separate Container Data Path option (i.e. Enable container data folder 1). This solution has successfully stored video files up to 4GB in size, but the 4GB maximum container size limit error message is encountered when we try to upload videos larger than 4GB.

       

      Am I misunderstanding the advice in Knowledge Base Article 11888 that: "When uploading to FileMaker Server, the maximum size of all remote containers is no longer limited to 4GBs"?

       

      Has anyone successfully uploaded container files larger than 4GB using the Open/Remote Storage deployment scenario described above?

      Any advice would be appreciated.

       

      Thanks,

      Tim Owen

      Tim Owen Consulting, LLC.

      FBA Member

        • 1. Re: FileMaker Server External Container Storage Size Limit?
          greglane

          I believe that KB article is referring to the total size of all remote containers when uploading a database via FileMaker Pro's "Upload to FileMaker Server" feature.

           

          The limit for each container field is still 4 GB. There's a smaller upload limit for FileMaker WebDirect clients, which can only insert up to 300 MB into a container field.

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          • 2. Re: FileMaker Server External Container Storage Size Limit?
            TimOwen

            Thanks, Greg. That makes sense; although to my mind this is phrased somewhat ambiguously in the article. A better wording might have been something like: When uploading a database to FileMaker Server the total size of all container field data being uploaded is no longer limited to 4GB. But maybe I'm just being pedantic; I was an English major way back when, long before I became a database geek.