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  1. Thank you! I am going to start the process...shouldn't take long. My domain name will be the same, etc. but I want to switch where I bought my SSL certificate from. Because I bought my domain through bluehost, I bought an SSL through them. I having a horrible time getting my SSL .crt file. Been on hold for hours...literally. Any suggestions for a provider is helpful. Will update you...I agree the process should be 10 minutes.
  2. Hey....who do you recommend for an SSL? I am starting the process over. Was about to purchase a FM certified certificate, they are around $200...but you mentioned $10 ones. Thanks...much appreciated!
  3. I am running server 17 on a Mac mini with no issues. I have about 7 Macs in my office that regularly access the FM Server internally, however, I access my data from my home computers and iPhones and iPads, and we use Web Direct a lot so clients can log in through the web and see live job statuses when they please...without SSL, its beyond frustrating to connect with a web browser. So I have to have use SSL certificates. It is also beyond frustrating to add a certificate...mine just expired so I have to go through the pain again. While I am not actually worried about being hacked, etc....security is always a good thing. The certificate is around $100 and a few hours of pain.
  4. Hey... Thanks in advance for your thoughts and the time reading this. I am currently running server 17, no issues, however, my SSL certificate just expired. Before I go through all the new motions and get a new certificate, you think I should switch to 18 now? Since the world is ending, my server is slower and its a good time to back it up and upgrade to 18. Are there anything noteworthy about switching to 18 at this point and will installing a certificate be any easier in 18? I thought installing a certificate on 17 was a pain in the you know what. Any thought appreciated. I am also running my server on a Mac. Been very happy, no issues to speak of. Thanks, Mike
  5. Thank you for the feedback. This is exactly what I thought, I just wanted to confirm that I was not missing anything before I altered course. Have great day!
  6. Hey... thanks in advance for reading. I am using portals to display "Active" projects in my office. When you set up a portal, naturally, you set up a relationship and then you might set up a sort order, in my case, I am sorting by "Job Number." Unless, I am missing something or having a brain aneurism, which very well might be the case, I want to make a button to change the sort option on the fly. In my case, I would love to sort by "Due Date, Job Number or Customer" and perhaps with a button, but I just don't think that can be done...right? You set the portal up and the sort value is what you choose in the set up phase only. You might winding up telling me how to do this and it is so simple that I will be embarrassed and we can all laugh together. My back ups were to get creative with Tabs. Within each tab, each portal would be built with the sorting I predefine. Or I can do list views in an alternate layout, but truthfully, I love the way portals look work and feel and they work fantastically in web browsers. So, that's my evening! Thanks for reading, contributing and perhaps laughing with me. Mike
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    New Templates

    Hey.... Maybe this is a beaten topic....perhaps? While FM templates are amazing....does anyone know where to get free templates off the beaten path? I am a designer.....just looking for fresh ideas honestly. I want to see some cool layouts. Not the programing but the user interface. Every database can use a little refresher, visually. Thanks Mike
  8. I am not sure what you mean, honestly. From what I gather, I can not simply just move the folder into a new location, such as a drop box folder. Lets be clear here. I am on Filemaker Server 17 and on a mac... there is a specific area to in the settings to type in the location for back ups should I decide to change the location. But what do I know? I am honestly not that savvy with stuff like this which is why I am here. Had I gone with a PC server, Id have needed outside help, but a being mac...I changed a few simple IP settings and Boom...I have a filemaker server that can be seen in China. Just saying...so I believe that FMS17 will not allow me to move the folder itself to a drop box folder. FM should address this. Update...after a full day, Sync did work as expected in my particular situation. Was an easy solution actually. And I feel a little dumb, because I have regular backups with Time Machine as well....so I would never really lose data. I do appreciate the input...and if there is something I am missing...lets hear it! Thanks!! And I am so appreciative if this community and how quickly great minds help the smaller minds. (me) Thanks for everyone's input!
  9. This looks like a good read....Much Appreciated, THANKS! In the interim...I am using the Sync App...which I just literally discovered on the Mac side. It is syncing my database backup folder to a folder in drop box.
  10. Hmmmm. Scratching my head. So FMS17 just won't allow me to do this period?
  11. Hi...so I have FMS17 up and running on a new mac mini. So far so good!! I am having a tiny issue changing the back up folder location. Current Default Path: filemac:/Macintosh HD/Library/FileMaker Server/Data/Backups/ So....I am trying to make the path a folder in Drop Box. Now, if I use terminal to get an exact location of an item inside my drop box location, I get this: ool-6038c0a5:~ fm_serveer$ /Users/fm_serveer/Dropbox/\ FILEMAKER\ BACKUPS Getting info on the folder Produces this result: Macintosh HD⁩ ▸ ⁨Users⁩ ▸ ⁨fm_serveer⁩ ▸ ⁨Dropbox⁩ I have tried lots of combinations with no success. Any help would be super appreciated. Thanks a million! Mike
  12. Thank you for your response. I heavily considered both options, and have decided to go with a Mac. - The Operating System is Certified by FM - My IT guy is moving far away, and I would require support/install for PC based server, where as a Mac, we would not - $1000 Mac mini vs. / $1600-2000 PC Server - And if we consider its just data with maybe 5 users internally and occasionally a few customers logging in from time to time with a quick data update. I am confident we do not need all the bells and whistles "Windows Server 2016" offers. I do appreciate your response. Mike
  13. Hey.... Currently running FMS15 on a dell optiplex from 2015. No real issues to speak of. I want to upgrade to FMS17. Was thinking of switching to a Mac Server, wanted to know your thoughts. I do hit my server now from the outside and plan to use more heavily with images, uploading to my server into image containers, etc. Why switch...for one, my shop is primarily graphics and Mac based and we are just better all around with Macs. I realize there are probably better hardware configurations getting a new PC. Thanks! Mike
  14. WOW! THANK YOU!!! I knew something like that was probably the answer. Unfortunately I do not script FM everyday to remember all this stuff. I am most appreciative and your solution makes perfect sense! THANKS AGAIN!!!
  15. Hi... I am probably missing one silly little simple thing, or maybe there is a better way to get from point A to point B. Very simple script to clear a field. I added "Show Custom Dialogue" step in the script in hopes to stop the script dead in its tracks if I you hit the "cancel" button, but the script still continues even though the check mark to commit is not checked. Thoughts appreciated. I attached a simple database to show you what I mean because, after all, we all love to download filemaker uploads that have problems and fix them. Thanks in advance, you all rock! Mike Dialogue.fmp12
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