Using Filemaker Pro 16 for Mac as a client to access a database served by FM Server 16 on a MacMini on a local network. I set up the whole thing and so I have admin-level access to everything.
I have a database of video clips that I import into a container field, "clipImported". I set up this container field to store the video clip externally, and this works very well for storing the clips in the default base directory ([hosted location]/Files/Pluto/). Now the number of clips has grown and does not fit on the computer's start-up drive. I would like to change the storage of the video clips to an external drive.
For this purpose, I need to create a new base directory (according to FileMaker Pro 16 Help and FileMaker Pro 16 Help). However, when I go to File/Manage/Containers, the buttons to create, edit, delete, and transfer data are greyed out (see attached screenshot). One of the Help pages mentions:
"You cannot create, edit, or delete a base directory if the database is hosted on a different computer."
But I have the same problem if I open the database using FMPro on the same computer that is serving the database.
Is this a problem with having the database served? Should I move the database to a local folder, open it directly with FMP, create the new base directory, and then upload the database to FM Server again? Or is there a setting in Server's Admin console that I need to change to allow new base directories to be created?
I answered one of my above questions: if I make a local copy of the served database, I am able to create new base directories, and these remain available after I re-upload the database to the server.
Now I get an error about incorrect syntax for the path:
(drive name is X7-2_B). Error message: "This path is not valid. Correct platform syntax must be used". Strangely, a similar path (filemac:/Magirus_B/Backup/FilemakerBackup/) is acceptable to the FM Server admin console in the Backup Folder section of Database Server.
What is the valid path syntax for:
1. Storage on an external local drive (Mac)
2. Storage on a network drive (Mac)
3. Storage on a network drive (Windows)
I just read this thread and I now understand why there may reluctance to reply to my own post:
Does anyone know whether storing container data on a network drive for a served database has been made easier since FMS 13?