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  1. Are there any tools out there for Mac which enable me to get into a FM file to reset or retrieve existing passwords? I need to get into a FM solution from 5 years ago and nobody remembers the passwords. I found a couple freeware/shareware/etc. apps, but they're all for Windows (which isn't available at this time). Anything available for Mac?
  2. What is the purpose of the colors in the entity relationship graph? Is there some sort of accepted standard in how colors are applied to TOs? I've recently come into management of a solution where colors were liberally applied to the TOs (blue, green, grey, red, etc.) and I've yet been able to determine what criteria was assessed when selecting their colors. Any input on different techniques used would be helpful. I would like to re-colorize them to fit the situation as I understand the underlying relationships better, but I don't want to start changing things if there's a reason behind
  3. I've been looking around and have yet been unable to find any information on what kind of hardware FileMaker Server can utilize. Is it designed for use on multi-core processors? Multiple processors? Multiple processors with multiple cores? Will it utilize the power, or will it only end up using a single core?
  4. I've got an older server running FileMaker Sever 9. It's under the necessary spec for FMS9. However, I've got little choice but to use it until the new server requisition comes in. So, I'm wondering what I can do to help improve the performance. As essentially everything important can be performed from the fmsadmin console tool, I was wondering if Java could be disabled: it's using 800+ Mb of swap and 100Mb of resident private memory, amongst other things. I'm not able to see how FMS actually uses it, directly. So, can I disable/shut down the java process, and if so, is there a 'clea
  5. We're experiencing very similar symptoms in a purely FM environment, with the same kind of functionality. My suspicion is that it's largely due to an underpowered host server (ie, the one that runs FileMaker). Our FM db is about 40k rows, about 45 tables, and running on a 1.2GHz G4 w/ 1.5G (10.4 w/ FMS9). The system gets fairly heavily stressed during a pretty simple query.
  6. I'm looking at doing something similar, albeit with an separate host serving the MySQL. Is there much/any performance difference on a FileMaker server in such an environment, vs. with FileMaker and the SQL server on the same host?
  7. I've no experience in the matter, but the only thing I can offer (based on research) is that OS X is poor at thread handling/scheduling on a per-core basis, and that adding additional cores -should- make the performance (specifically of filemaker, due to the fact that it's a db which utilizes a large numbre of threads) better. I've yet to figure out if filemaker is designed to utilize multiple cores, however... -/
  8. I'm currently in a situation where I've, basically, just jumped in head-first into the world of FileMaker and Macs with a new position (as of Monday). I'm an experienced Windows and Linux administrator, but I'm fairly unfamiliar with both the PPC arch and OS X. I mention PPC because I've currently got a 1.25GHz G4 Powermac with 1.5G RAM running FileMaker Server 9. There's an average of 12 connected users at any one time, and 16 user max, though this is likely to change in the weeks to come. Current performance of the database can be described as really, really slow, and the coming weeks w
  9. If we're looking solely at the performance of the OS (as the hardware is, for all intents and purposes, the same), I'd highly recommend -against- OS X. There have been studies done on OSX's ability to handle applications which utilize a large number of threads - such as any database application. Short This article talks about it more: http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2436&p=8 I have no idea how Windows compares to OS X with respect to thread handling, but my personal experience is that Windows isn't that much worse than Linux in most instances, but for the cost of
  10. I'm not too familiar with FM yet, but I might be able to offer some input/things to check. - What is the processor load during use? - Does the system swap out to disk? - How big is the database/how many db rows are getting returned at once? - How many users are accessing remotely? - Do you have local access speed problems? The thing is, compared to pretty much every other OS out there, MacOS X falls a bit short when doing with threading due to how many kernel locks it allows at once, and its general signal handling ability. DBs usually require a fair number of threads, and a
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