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  1. FileMaker Cloud 16 platform is now available and with that, we get some very missed features. Not only is the cloud now in parity with the FileMaker 16 platform with PDF and print on the server, but we now also have the ability to create Server Side schedules on FileMaker Cloud. In order to do so, you will need to create your own integration or app, that can utilise the new admin REST API for FileMaker Cloud. ...or.... You can get our new iOS app; FMC Console, that let's you monitor your cloud instance as well as create Server side schedules. If you are interested, you can find more information here: https://www.datamanix.com/en/index.php/fmc-console/
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    SSL Renewal Problems

    Just want to note that FileMaker Cloud is not a bad product. For some, it is a good option. Also be aware that this is really version 1.2 og the cloud, so it does have some rough edges. In particular, the SSL part was way too difficult, even for advanced admins. That's the reason I created a free tool and a video with Richard to help out. I am glad to see that FMI did listen to my suggestions regarding the SSL process, so they have built-in an easy way to renew the Comodo certificate via FileMaker Store. This is an easy way for people, who is ok with the default domain (myserver.fmi.filemaker-cloud.com) In case you want to use your own domain name, you will need to setup a CNAME record in your public DNS, that points to the FileMaker provided FQDN of your instance. The reason is that FM Cloud instances does not have static IP addresses so the IP does rotate. You can only setup an A-Record to a static IP. Your SSL certificate needs to be for your own domain name and you will need to do most of the complicated parts manually. However, even though my tool was created to renew the Comodo certificate, you can still use it to create a CSR and then you can use the Cloud Admin Console to import the signed SSL certificate you get from you vendor of choice. (if supported by FileMaker) Domain name purchase can happen through any seller of your choice. Using a FileMaker Hosting provider is also a good option for some, and we have several in the community, who also provide great support.
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    FMS 16 SSL, problem with port 5003

    It could be that you either used a certificate that is not supported. The webserver support many more certificate types than the DB engine. Another reason could be that you didn’t include a intermediate certificate or you have used a wrong one. I haven’t installed a GoDaddy myself, so I am not familiar with their process.
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    Need more input on Filemaker Cloud and AWS

    Hi Genelia 1. Scheduled FileMaker scripts is not supported by FileMaker Cloud. Backup schedules are not supported either. For backups, FileMaker Cloud are using snapshot feature of AWS. System level scripts are not supported. I know that FMI has stated that they are looking into server side schedule of FileMaker scripts, so that might come in the future. Only way to trigger a server side script currently, is to have a robot machine, firing a PSOS script. 2. With the amount of users, you state here, I think Citrix is the best option. They have a proven track record for great products. I know that Parallels have a similar product, but haven't tested that. AWS also have a similar service, though when I tried it, it was not really mature enough. You can search AWS marketplace for products, including Citrix. https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/
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    SVG Icon Manager

    Hi riadh2002 Thanks fo posting this mod. I love it, when someone can extend on what I start. Really glad that my tool seems to have been helpful to you and others. In case someone has only had their hands on the first version, I released, the most recent version of the tool, let's you both import, "make FM ready" SVG - but the most useful feature of the newest version, is that you can take a found set, press the button to "copy" all found icons and paste them into your solution all at once. So say you have a standard collection of SVG icons, that you normally want to use. Find these icons in the tool. Copy them. And then you use the paste shortcut, which will insert a button bar object, that you can delete immediately after you pasted it. Now, all your icons appear in the tools palette of your file. Newest version can be found here: http://thebrainbasket.com/?p=404 (completely free and open)
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    SSL certificate for internal machine

    You don't need to have your server exposed to the internet in order to install and use SSL. However, you do need to have DNS setup. That means that you will need an internal DNS server, that can resolve your domain to your server and you do need to purchase a domain name. There are several supported SSL certificates that are domain validated. It differs a bit, how they do this, but most will require you to have an email account for hostmaster@yourdomain.com and they will email to this address to do the validation. I just gave a presentation at DevCon on this, so you can watch the video on FileMaker community site, when they are available. You can also find a video I did with Richard Carlton here: http://thebrainbasket.com/?p=471 (it's with FMS15, but it is the same process for FMS16)
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    user connection licenses and reconnect

    Hi Peter Don't know if this is helpful, but the FMP for connections client, needs to connect to the server within 15 min. before you get the dialog, requiring you to enter the address to a server. So, it seems that the client gets disconnected from the server, either with app nap or something else. While the client is disconnected, the timer in the FMP client starts ticking until it reaches 15 min. However, I have not seen the issue you describe, where you get the message, before the client tries to reconnect to the open files. I am wondering if the server version has a play in this ? - thinking about if it is the newest version of 15 or 16 ? The other issue you describe, is something I see almost daily and I agree it is annoying. I discussed it with a PM and an engineer about a year ago, and they seemed that they knew about it, but they didn't have any easy fix. Since then, I have not pushed it as a bug in order to get it fixed, so maybe we should do that. But, there is actually a way to make this issue much less of an issue... if you un-check the extended privileges set for "Required re-login after X min. of sleep". This way, you are not prompted to login again and the client just reconnect to the server. The places I have implemented this, it takes the issue away in about 90% of the cases.
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    Is anyone making a living off FM?

    I agree with Wim.... as I also posted above. Is it always easy ? - no, of course we all run into clients and people, who don't understand or who have a belief that some other platform is better. However, the FileMaker platform is still very much alive and growing. That is after more than 30 years in the market. Something that can't be said about many other platforms. Personally I work more than full time - in fact 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week and I have trouble keeping up with all the projects. But, if you have doubts about the platform, it would be interesting to hear your arguments...
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    SVG Icon Manager

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    Hosting on AWS with External Authentication

    While I am not an Active Directory expert, I know that with Open Directory it is possibly to setup a replica server. That will automatically take care of sync between the Directory master and the replica. This way you should be able to have your replica on your AWS server, which replica data from your on-premises AD.
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    FileMaker Cloud And SSL Certificates

    I just released a bug fix update to the tool. Please find it at the same address as above.
  12. The FileMaker Cloud is here, and we are excited! There are many great things to say about the FileMaker Cloud and we think this is a very important and great addition to our platform. One thing we must realize is that what we have now is a 1.0 release, which means that there can be some “rough edges” that needs to be polished in future releases. One such edge is the process of renewing the SSL certificate, that your FileMaker Cloud instance is installed with. (you get 90 days free) Frankly, the process is very complex, even for seasoned developers and server admins and involve several terminal commands. Wouldn’t it be great, if there was an app for that ? That’s what we thought, so we have created a FileMaker Custom App, that helps you with the process of renewing your FileMaker Cloud SSL Certificate. Not only is this app completely free, it is also completely open source. And you can download it below. Now, how do I use this tool ? I’m glad you asked. Richard Carlton and Claus Lavendt did a video on this topic, where we are walking through the tool and explains the process. Beside a walkthrough of the tool, we also discuss the concepts behind and we think this video is worth a watch. Read more, watch video and download the free tool here: http://thebrainbasket.com/?p=499
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    Data Management

    1) You should not handle this. Setup a remote container in the solution and let FileMaker Cloud handle the storage. 2) php and AppleScript is not supported on FileMaker Cloud. So you need to find alternatives, if these scripts/processes are essential to your solution.
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    Useful Information About FileMaker Cloud

    FileMaker Cloud needs a special license key. If you have a valid license contract, that includes server, you can get a converted license key by contacting FileMaker Support.
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    Renewing Comodo Certificate for Filemaker Cloud

    We have just released a free tool and a video with Richard Carlton. http://thebrainbasket.com/?p=499

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