I updated some content on the Server and cannot remember what. That is why I need the 'most recent' database from the Server back locally to my hard drive.
I usually perform a one time backup of that particular data base and take the backup as a place to work on new ideas. Depending on the version you are using (I am using FM Server 13). The databases are located in \\FMServer\Data\Backups. If you want to work with the live database (not preferred), you can take the database offline (Close it) and then copy the actual file from the server ( \\FMServer\Data\Databases.
Unhost (close) the file in the server admin console, go to the live file location on the server, copy the live file to your local drive and rehost (open) the file in the server admin console if needed. Alternative is to take a copy from backups.
If you're allowed to close the database temporarily...
In Admin Console under the "folder icon" there is a menu option "download database" active if the database is closed.
This will download a zipped copy of the database. Handy if the server is on a remote location and no other remote access is available.
This is the correct approach, and the best way to get the latest version (newer than the latest backup) and avoid any data corruption that might be caused by copying an open database file. More specifically:
Retrieving data ...