What you MUST know about the Startup Restoration Feature

FileMaker Server added a new feature to its existing tools to ensure the integrity of its hosted databases. After checking files at startup, and before opening any database, if inconsistencies are found due to abnormal closing of files (i.e. power failure or crash), FileMaker Server now uses the restoration log feature to restore files to their last consistent state.

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FileMaker 17: Admin API

If you manage multiple instances of FileMaker Server, maintenance would typically be performed by logging in to each via a web browser or running fmsadmin CLI commands. These methods become unwieldy when you need to make the same change or gather the same bit of information across several servers. A seemingly simple task now takes 30 minutes or more with multiple servers. For example, ensuring that servers have enabled the security setting “Host password-protected databases only” is a quick task for the first few servers, but surprisingly time-consuming when checking twenty.

The time-saving solution to administering a fleet of Filemaker Server instances is the Admin API. Prior to 17, the Admin API was only available in FileMaker Cloud. Now, FileMaker Server 17 running on Windows or Mac OS can be administered from any tool capable of generating HTTP requests, including curl, PHP, and Filemaker Pro Advanced. Given a list of server addresses, we can programmatically log in to each server to gather configuration information, close database files, run schedules, and more.

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