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Assuming you have directory access to a virtual drive (IE google drive), then you should be able to accomplish this. You would run a batch file to copy the files (or file) in your backup directory to the designated path of your virtual drive.
But for ease of use, nothing beats something like SafetyNet, a product designed for FMS for off-site backups:
You might also find these links a good read:
(mac only, using dropbox)
(explanation of the method I outline above)
(FTP plugin that would allow you to upload to an SFTP virtual drive).
A lot is possible, you have to decide what resources (IE $$$) are available and how fast/secure/easy you want your setup to be.
Hi Mike Beargie
Thanks for the post. I took a look at everything you said.
I went setup with carbon copy cloner.
CCC makes a copy to my google drive.
All looks good and is working --so far.
360works products are great i must admit.
SafetyNet is a great product, but it is not free. The implication in iCloud is that you are using it just for FileMaker and likely using 'free space'- same with GoogleDrive.
When we played with GoogleDrive it took 'forever' for the backups to happen and the users where interupted, where this almost never happens with a local backup. Thee CCC has no real issues, but using Dropbox is another way to allow FileMaker Server to do 'local' backups but still get a copy to an off-site source.
I think SafetyNet from 360works is great, but it doesn't work with FileMaker 13 yet and it is not yet configured to work easily with Remote Container fields. The current version came out in April 2012. I have phoned 360Works and they confirm they are working on a new version that should be out shortly and it will be FileMaker 13 ready and easily support Remote Container fields. I'm hoping it may also have additional choices like Amazon Glacier backup as a choice in addition to S3. I sure hope it comes out soon. I have some very interested clients.
Support for glacier backup would be great. I already use the Synology app to back up my NAS.
And yes, good backup solutions cost money. There's nothing wrong with that. Just ask yourself how valuable is the data you're storing?