3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2009 1:44 PM by philmodjunk

    Backup to MobileMe



      Backup to MobileMe




      I would love it if Filemaker included a backup feature allowing me to schedule a backup to MobileMe nightly.  It might even drive subscription sales for MobileMe.  But that would make too much sense, so has anyone written a script to do a nightly backup (or save as) at a certain time, and then return to the original open file?  Once I get a script that works, I think I have two options to backup the copy. 1) I can put the copy into a folder, then I'll use Apple's Backup to get it to MobileMe.  2)I could put the copy on Idisk and let it sync automatically.  I wouldn't plan on working on the Idisk cloud copy, just using it as backup.  Which is best for what I'm trying to do?   I'm using FM10/ OSX 10.4.


      BTW, I love using FM10 and find it much more user friendly than FM9.





        • 1. Re: Backup to MobileMe

          why not just use any one of the numerous backup programs to script a nightly copy to mobile me?


          also, your mobile me iDisk mounts like a normal disk, to there is no reason you cant just treat it like a local drive, or more like a USB/removable drive.

          • 2. Re: Backup to MobileMe
               I'd like to be able to leave my db file running.  My understanding is that to use a back up program I would have to have the file closed, and that running the backup program on an open file might corrupt it.  Correct me if I'm wrong on this.  Closing it manually every day is not a viable option.  I haven't used iDisk in a while, because when I've used it in the past the performance seemed slow.  I'm also not quite sure how the syncing works in regards to the file being open or closed.
            • 3. Re: Backup to MobileMe

              If you use Filemaker Server you could use its scheduled back up. When FMS backs up files, they can remain open. However, that sounds like killing an ant by dropping a mountain on it.


              Look up the "Install On Timer Script" script option in the help file. It looks like you could write a script that uses "Save as" to save a copy of your file to a specified location and then use a 2nd script with Install On Timer Script to call it every 1440 seconds.