Update: on the suspicion that network confusion might be at the root of the problem, I disabled the Backup network connection, then removed and reinstalled FileMaker Server 14. It is quite happy as a single-machine deployment. However, it will not now recognise the presence of the worker machine. If I try to Edit the deployment to make it a Two-Machine deployment, it does not find the Worker machine on initial scan, nor on a Rescan, nor if I enter t he IP address explicitly and click Lookup.
As before, pointers for troubleshooting welcome.
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Solved. For the benefit of those troubleshooting similar issues in future:
1) Attempts to connect up the Two-Machine deployment were failing because the FMServer components on the worker machine were not running. They resisted attempts to start them using the command line, so I removed and reinstalled again. This time, everything worked.
2) I have not yet re-enabled the Backup network connection. I will try that later.
3) Once I got the Two-Machine deployment connected, the WebDirect homepage was populated with the expected files and WebDirect was working properly.
Final update: re-enabling the Backup network connection has not led to any issues. So I think there is a take-away here: if the Master in a Two-Machine deployment has more than one network connection, disable the others so that the only active one is the one you want the inter-machine communication to use. Once the deployment is complete, you can re-enable the other(s) again.