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  1. Thank you. I ended up creating newCompanyID field (in database whose records i'm importing), and renumbered it. Then, I created newID fields in all other related files and based on current relationship(s), renumbered them. I did offline, as a test, and it seemed to go very well. Once I test it a few more times, check it many times, etc. I'll then import these records w/ renumbered ID's into THE main databases, using newID fields when importing. Again thank you all.
  2. Thanx for your response. Please read my previous post for background. Trust me, I've thought about this many times and for many months. Is there a better way? I believe I understand your idea though, and It sounds great to me. I'll def be trying it (on offline Db's, of course, which is what I do for all MAJOR development). As for backups, oh yeah, no worries there either. My databases are backed up every 1/2 hr to separate hard drive, every night to separate hard drive, to my Mac weekly, an external hard drive weekly, burned to CD weekly, brought offsite weekly, etc. Thank you again.
  3. Basically, when I came on board there were 3 Companies databases and 3 Employees databases and 2 Call Log databases. I've decided to perform merge, so there is one Company database, one Employees database and one Call Log database. They are all centered around CompanyID and Employee ID. However, before I merge the databases, I need to resolve the fact that there are overlapping CompanyID's and Employee ID's, which will result in dupes in the main Companies database (the one I'm merging others into). I hope this is clear. Is there a better way? Again, thanx to all in advance.
  4. I obviously know how to renumber a field in a particular database using Replace Field Contents. However, I need to "renumber" a related field called CompanyID in the Companies database, but have it change its related CompanyID in the Employees database to be equal, so relationship is not lost. In fact, there are several databases where related CompanyID resides, and I need all related databases w/ CompanyID to update as well. How do I do this? Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. I wan't sure where to post this so forgive me if it wasnt best to post it here.
  5. FYI: This is in response to all posters (and I appreciate all posts). First off, what is the point of a Forum of any kind when so many members respond with something to the effect of 'look it up in FileMaker help docs' or try 'reading a FileMaker book' or 'search the forum on keywords first'? Believe me or not, I did all three. I own a ton of books on most everything I deal with. I make it a point to. However, sometimes, even finding the info doesn't quite give you answer you're looking for or doesn't seem to do so clearly enough. As for Forums, a lot of posters talk more technical then they have to, or at least, have to to me. Ultimately, you post a topic w/ details re: your own question/issue/situation, and hope its answered more clearly and to the point. Thirdly, I'm not a newbie. I'm not an all-out FileMaker or Database expert, but I'm not a newbie. In addition to being the FM database admin, I'm the mysql database admin, the server admin, the tech support guy, the phone system admin, the webmaster, basically, the only IT person here...needless to say, I like to save as much time as I can. Whew, I feel better now. With that, yes, moving to a seperate Categories table/database related via a CategoryID is being thrown around (my idea a long time ago), however, I can't imagine that would be absolutely needed. Let me mention, that although we have ~30 Categories, there are only one of two logos that any Category would be assigned. I have the following fields: Company, Category_Code, g_logo1 (Container, Global), g_logo2 (Container, Global). Then I have field c_logo_flag (Calculation, Result is Container) with following calc: === Case(Category_Code = "VM"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "VM1"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "VM1"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "VM2"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "VM3"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "VM4"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "J4"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "J5"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "NN"; g_logo1; Category_Code = "RR"; g_logo1; g_logo2) === I really thought what I put in place would work. And it does, until I close database. Now, maybe I don't understand Globals enough, or Container fields enough, or even certain complex relationships enough. All I know is I'm still not 100% on what to do and how. Do I HAVE to create a seperate Categories table/database? If not, what changes to my existing solution described above am I making? Again, I thank you all for your knowledge, and to those who have it, your patience :)
  6. Situation: I have two Databases. One is called Companies, the other Contacts. Each company record has a LocationID. Each contact has a ContactID, but also has a LocationID so they are assigned/related to a particular company. Fact: In the past, I have re-numbered ContactID, no problems, but that was ok, as LocationID in both databases were obviously unaffected. Basically I know how to re-number a field. Problem: I will be merging some other database data into the Companies and Contacts databases. However, the there is a conflict with the LocationID's in the databases that are to be merged. Question: So all contacts are still assigned/related to same companies, how do I re-number the LocationID in the Companies database, while also equally and accurately re-numbering the related LocationID's in the Contacts database? I hope I decribed all this well. Thanx in advance to all for any and all assistance.
  7. So, are you saying if I take the multi-user/hosted offline, make it single user, then input data into the Global fields, then return database to multi-user/hosted status, those fields will retain its data (Global fields won't be on any accessable layout for data to be changed). What I want to do is simple. Our database keeps track of members, each member is assigned a Category Code. I want a Logo to appear as per the Category Code, hence the Global fields that contain said Logos. I didnt think it would be this hard. Again, thanx for all your help.
  8. Yes, fields are type: Container and they're Global fields. Database is multi-user (hosted via FileMaker Server 8). Are you saying Global Container fields in multi-user/hosted databases won't retain its data? Thanx again for your help.
  9. I have two seperate container fields located in the same database. Everytime I insert a small jpg logo file into each container field, the images are gone when I go back in the database. I leave unchecked the option "Store only a reference to the file" being I want the image stored IN the database. Each jpg is only 4k. What gives? There must be something I'm missing. Each container field has Use Global Storage checked off. Please help. It's not do or die, but man it's frustrating.
  10. 1. What logs are there for IWP and CWP access? I know the httpd access log gives me some info, but are their logs specific to IWP and/or CWP access? 2. In my list of IWP databases, there is one that isn't IWP enabled. It use to be, but no longer. Why does it still show up in the IWP database home page? Thanx in advance, Eric
  11. My httpd conf file seems fine. Here is my research so far, compared with clone of startup drive made prior to 7v4 update, which I started at ~ Dec 1st 5:15 PM or so: -I noticed /Library/StartupItems/FileMakerServer and /Library/StartupItems/FileMakerServerHelper directories group was wheel prior to 7v4 update and is now admin. Should it be changed back to wheel? Recursively? -System log indicates hostname changed from lemon to localhost on Dec 1st at 5:42 PM and then changed back to lemon on Dec 2nd at 3:15 AM. During this time, following line item in System log appears: = Dec 1 18:19:23 localhost SequeLink[388] Failed to load configuration file from /Library/FileMaker Server 7/Extensions/Plugins/xDBC Support/cfg/swandm.ini = -/Library/FileMaker Server 7/Data/Logs/ and in it, Event.log perms didn't change. Stats running fine. -/Library/FileMaker Server 7/Data/Databases and it's child directories perms seem unchanged and correct. -/etc/hostconfig appears unchanged and ok. -/etc/httpd/httpd.conf appears unchanged and ok. I'm most curious about the difference in group ownership on the FileMaker StartupItems. Would this even prevent Event.log from logging properly? I started a paid case w/ FileMaker support, we'll see what they come up with. Thanx, Eric
  12. Man, what problems. I indeed read the Read Me file. However, I'm having issues. First, I would attempt to access via FileMaker Server Admin, it would tell me server wasn't started, but wouldn't actually let me start it. Yet, fmserverd and fmserver_helperd are indeed running as per Activity Monitor. Yet, databases weren't available. I repaired perms on startup drive twice and restarted server. That fixed it. However, after another restart, back to same issue. Repaired perms twice again and restarted server again to no avail. Repaired perms three times, restarted and now its working again. However, I noticed Event Log isn't properly logging. It provides date, time and hostname, but no actual action. To boot, I had issue updating FSA on my workstation, telling me no instance of 7v3 was found. I finally had to physically copy FSA 7v4 from server to my Workstation. Now, I'm afraid to restart the server, and the Events log isn't logging properly. This 7v4 update is killing me.
  13. So whatever happened, what's the latest? Any fix? Are there any others that can verify this reported issue or any others. I havent found any other documentation on web, let alone FileMaker's site. I want to update to FMS 7v4, but am now hesitant. *Running FMSA 7v3/xServe Dual 1 GHz G4/Mac OS X Panther Server 10.3.9/1 GB RAM
  14. I've noticed a strange behavior recently. When I remove one of my xServe G4 drive modules (and temporarily replace it with another), the backup paths in my backup schedules indicate 'not a valid path' and my backup schedules don't run. Put the original drive module back in, paths are valid, schedules run successfully. Keep in mind, the volume I backup databases to is NOT on the drive module I'm removing. What gives? Running FileMaker Server 7.0v3 Advanced on Mac OS X Panther Server 10.3.9 on xServe G4 with 1 GB RAM. Thanx in advance.
  15. Yeah, I figured out one of my issues. Turns out my Open Directory (OD) domain is NOT a shared domain after all (I didn't config the xServe). All I have to figure out now is the account Userid and Password that has access to the LDAPv3 OD Shared domain on my xServe. However, I do have another problem. In Mac OS X Server, the user accounts in the local non-shared domain have Password policies that override the overall OD Password policies, so why is it my FM users arent being prompted to change password at next log-in, like I have it set to do? Thanx so much for all your assistance hough. Eric
  16. Steven, Thanx for your reply. However, I'm confused by your answer. An External Server FileMaker Account is still using a FileMaker Privilege Set. It has to. It is these Privilege Sets that have password options/policies in FileMaker. Now, I know the Open Directory (OD) Account obviously has it's own Password options/policies as per OD, however, it appers this is seperate from FileMaker Privilege Sets Password options/policies. In any event, weather I set Password options/policies in FileMaker Privilege Set OR in OD on OS X server, when logging into FileMaker Db as that user, Change Password wasnt available, wouldnt let me change password for that user, etc. Again, thanx for any and all help.
  17. I have an external Account in FileMaker database that matches a group on our Mac OS X Server xServe. There are three users that are members of this group. The external Account is assigned to a Privilege Set specific to to the OS X server group. Works great. However, by using External Auth, am I losing ability to use the Privilege Set password policy options (Allow user to modify their own password, must be changed every x days, minimum password length x characters)? When I set same account to be a regular FileMaker account, Privilege Set password policy options then seem to work. Open Directory password policies on OS X server apply to the server only I imagine and have nothing to do with FileMaker Db. Any help would be appreciated. Thanx in advance, Eric
  18. Well, I fixed the Issue. Passwords between databases apparently NEED to be exact. For example, lets say pw was password in one Db, and Password in another, well, once I changed Password to password, all seemed well. I think I saw this solution in an fmforum actually. However, I don't think its documented by FileMaker. Should be.
  19. Setup: I have FileMaker Server 7 Advanced (with IWP and CWP enabled) running on xServe/DP 1 GHz G4/Mac OS X Server 10.3.9/ 1 GB RAM. I applied all FileMaker updates. It's non-production at the moment, as I'm still testing EVERYTHING possible. It hosts ~ 42 databases at the moment. All databases located in default database location (/Library/FileMaker Server 7/Data/Databases), but they are in their own folders. Question 1: How do I set it so a database is hidden (not visible) on IWP home page? I know in FM Pro 7, you go to FileMaker Pro -> Sharing -> Instant Web Publishing. However, this is all greyed out and no databases are listed when I do this in a FileMaker Server 7 Advanced hosted database. Question 2: In FileMaker 7 IWP Guide, one IWP/FileMaker Server Advanced tip states "move the contents of the web folder to the root folder of the web server software. Make sure relative path is preserved." What does this mean? Issue: In IWP, I can't see related info. Hosted databases are doing real well in FileMaker Pro. Relationships are in tact, related info shows in all the databases. In IWP, nada. No <file missing> or anything like that. Related fields are simply empty. These databases all located in their own folder (/Library/FileMaker Server 7/Data/Databases/Folder for example). Related databases are IWP enabled for full access. Also, this issue isn't the case for my other folder of databases (/Library/FileMaker Server 7/Data/Databases/OtherFolder for example). Related info show in those databases. What am I missing? I Appreciate all the assistance I can get. Thanx in advance. Eric
  20. I know in FileMaker Server 7, you can Quit FileMaker Server Admin and log out of Mac OS X, and databases hosted by FileMaker Server 7 are still available. What about in FileMaker Server 5.5? Once I use FileMaker Server Config to start my databases, can I quit out of FileMaker Server Config and/or logout of Mac OS X and still have my databases available? What about Mac OS X Fast User Switching (FUS)? Can I 'switch' out and still have FileMaker Server 5.5 or 7 still available?
  21. Do I simply delete the FileMaker Server 5.5 application folder? Or is there more to it? I know this is a simple question, but I can't find any official FileMaker docs on this.
  22. Quick overview of our current setup: Running FileMaker 5.5 Server on Mac OS X Server 10.3.8 on a Dual 1 GHz xServe G4 w/ 1 GB RAM. Hosting about 30 - 35 databases. Staff uses FileMaker Pro 6.0v4, I use FileMaker Developer 6.0v4. Want to achieve the following: In a particular database, there is a field called Location_No, type is Number. Some of the numbers are 00001 or 00075 or 00235 or 03040, etc. Is there a way I can script the following on just this field: If characters 1-4 of field Location_No are 0, replace with nothing. So, basically, 00001 becomes 1, 00235 becomes 235, 03040 becomes 3040 and so on. Naturally, others I want left alone. Only the ones that have 0's to the left (so to speak). I did some research, found Left(text, number) and I'm aware of Find/Replace...however I could use some assistance scripting this. Thanx in advance.
  23. First off, thanx for the information. Much appreciated. Second, the info you gave, is it "officially" documented anywhere? Lastly, when you say "make sure all files are closed in the Server", do you mean, if I'm going to open (in FileMaker Pro on server machine) a hosted database, make sure the one I want to make changes to is closed, or close all hosted databases? I just want to be clear. I'm thinking you mean close database(s) via Remote Administation, but correct me if I'm wrong, I can only close one file at a time, right? FM Config? Again, thanx in advance.
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