Is there a better place to post this? to get help/answers?
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Those last folders are from the 'progressive backups' and that is not something that you trigger but something that runs on an interval. The fact that it there is an 'InProgress' folder there is evidence that the backup did not complete so I would not use what is there. Unless '2017-04-08_2128' was way before the crash and it is the most recent backup.
Other than that:
- reinstall FileMaker Server
- put the most recent or most trusted backup of the files in the proper folder
Do you have documentation on how the old setup was done to know where what FM files go? If not you'd better get a FM specialist in.
For one: FileMaker Server has no place on a file server. There should never ever ever be any OS-level file sharing active on any of the FMS folders. Ever. OS-level file sharing is the #1 cause for corrupted files.
Also (obviously) investigate the reason for the crash to see if something can be done to avoid it. No use rebuilding everything only to have the exact same thing happen again tomorrow.
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You post on the weekend and then get impatient after only an hour?
You could call FileMaker Support directly. Here, you are relying on help from fellow users who choose to help you voluntarily.
First thing is that you will need the installer for FileMaker Server if indeed you had this in the first place. (FileMaker Server isn't normally used to host a solution from a file server. ) If you can't find the installer, you'll need to contact tech support and ask for a new download. Then you'll need the actual database files that were being hosted--hope you have back ups of those.
Note: if your users were going to a shared volume and accessing the files directly on your file server, this solution was not set up correctly.
Thanks, and I apologize for the impatience!! I hate when I see others do that also.
And I appologzie for the poor terminology.
Its not really a File Server ie like maybe a NAS or something sharing any files.
It is a Win7 machine with Filemaker Sever installed.
All users access the data bace thru Filemaker Pro, it connects to the Hosting PC (with Filemaker Server)
I found all my documentation and have downloaded Filmmaker Server 14
I installed it, then went to the default install location of the database
\Program Files\Filemaker\Filemaker Server\Databases
that folder is pretty much empty ie its a new install
I have the same folder from the crashed drive. it s full of the files I want.
Can I simply copy and past all those into the new same folder?
i did that but only see them on the Host Machine from the File Server interface
The workstations do not see them..hmm
Thanks for your patience!!
You have to use the admin Console to open the files. The simplest option is to use SHaring in FileMaker Pro to upload the files to the server, but even then, you'll need to learn about the admin console and how to use it.
I have a user here that is familiar with the admin consul.
Everything is working at the machine, I see all the files in the Admin consul. But not from the workstations. Database connection fails. Is this the "Sharing" you mentioned
fyi Back up and running.... had to tweak Firewall to allow others to access.. and then accept the Certificate issue
Did I already apologize? Let me again, I do apologize.