2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2013 10:53 AM by jcmcdonnell3

    Backup using only Pro



      Backup using only Pro


      I get that backups is the purview of the Server product.  For now, though, my needs are simple and, at least in the very short term, I do not have access to that product.  With that said, I am gussing that my backup options from Pro or Pro Advanced are limited to "save a copy as" from the File menu.     


           Here's the problem...I am accessing a DB remotely and "save a copy as" is grayed out.  Is the reason that I do not have access to "save a copy as" because I am entering remotely through a VPN?  Any thoughts about how I can simlify a jury-rigged backup protocol until I have access to server?

        • 1. Re: Backup using only Pro

               Save a Copy is your option and it can be scripted to happen automatically. A backup utility can then make an additional backup of the saved copy if you want.

               Your other option is to close the file on the host computer and then manually or with a 3rd party backup product make your backups.

               This option will be greyed out if you are accessing the database as a client of a hosted file regardless of whether or not you are using VPN. I would guess that you have the file open with FileMaker Pro on the Host computer and you are then using the "open remote" option to acess the database from your VPN session.

               You can get around this by running a script that uses Save A Copy As... on the Host machine. You can set up a "robot file" on the host machine that is opened by an OS based scheduling service such as Windows Task Manager to perform the script in your database on the host at a specified time such as once every evening after close of business.

               This thread gives an example of a script that uses Save A Copy as to save copies of your database file, but you won't need the Install OnTimer Script portion if you are using the Robot File method: Saving Sequential Back Ups During Development

          • 2. Re: Backup using only Pro

                 PhilModJunk - 

                 Many thanks ... VERY helpful answer.  I owe ya ...