By Richard Fincher
I recently upgraded my Filemaker Server 13 to Filemaker Server 14.
To get the new version to install, I had to downgrade my Java8 from u113 to u67 (separately installing the old Java version, not allowing the FMS installer to install Java itself). I also had to fiddle around to make sure it was running the httpd which comes with FMS and not the one bundled with Mac OS X El Capitan.
My question is, am I now save to upgrade Java back to the latest version. I'm not anticipating needing to install FMS14 anytime soon, but does the "Deployment" part of FMS use Java, and if so, is it similar fussy about which version?
So our IT group migrated a Filemaker 14 server with a business application that I support. Since the migration, the system response has been horrible. Screens that took about a second to render before are now taking 15 seconds. I have monitored the server and the most significant statistic seems to be network latency. Most of the other statistics seem fine, but latency has gone from 20-30 milliseconds to 800 milliseconds at times. Does anyone have experience with the Scale HC3 architecture running Filemaker solutions? What has your experience been? Are there words of wisdom to make this better?
Hi I'm running FMS server and have daily and hourly backups. I'm not using cloning and I do verify integrity. Today we ran into a major problem were some data was deleted and I wanted to use a backup and restore the data. I moved the backup file to a local machine (away from the FMS and to my local FMA 14) to check if the data we deleted was stil there. But the whole file is empty?! All backups are empty, zero records. The file size is large enough to assume it should be there but there simply is nothing. 0/0 records shown.
I'm not cloning for sure! I have made a new rule for backup and ran it right away and the data is still gone! So all 99 rolling backups are useless. I need this fixed as this is absolutely unreliable now. We assumes we had plenty backups, when there is actually no backup at all.
ps. Stopping the DB and downloading it results in yellow/red/green icons but I don't see it anywhere. Everything is on Macs and the FMS is running at another location.
I had to migrate a Mac OS Mini Server running Mavericks 10.9.5 and Filemaker Server 13 to Filemaker Server 14.0.4 on El Capitan 10.11.6 today.
It turned out to be an unpleasant and tiring operation, so I wrote a little manual that hopefully can help and save time for other people running into this situation.
Some steps my not be necessary, but the following list describes the road I took, stumbling from one problem to the next.
Rest assured that I left out a lot of swearing and three letter words that were also part of the process ;-)
Backup your databases, stop and de-install any previous Filemaker Server version.
The Filemaker 13 de-installer is located in the Extra’s folder on the Filemaker Server 14 installation disk image.
Install El Capitan 10.11.6 + updates
Do not install OS X server ( yet ) - see the notes at the end of this little manual.
Remove the Java version installed with Mac OS - in my case Java 8 update 111.
Steps from the Oracle website:
In the Terminal window Copy and Paste the commands below:
sudo rm -fr /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
sudo rm -fr /Library/PreferencePanes/JavaControlPanel.prefPane
sudo rm -fr ~/Library/Application\ Support/Java
Install the version required by the 14.0.4 Filemaker Installer: Java 8 update 60 before installing Filemaker.
Installer is called: jre-8u60-macosx-x64.dmg
After creating an Oracle account and logging in it can be downloaded from:
- Scroll all the way down and click Java Archives
- Click Java SE 8
- Scroll down to Java SE Runtime Environment 8u60
- Click Accept License Agreement
- Download jre-8u60-macosx-x64.dmg
The Filemaker installer is supposed to install this Java version by itself, but in my case it appeared to contain the Java 8 update 31, causing a loop within the Filemaker installer, repeating the process of installing the wrong version.
Get Filemaker fms_18.104.22.1682.dmg.
Use the full installer!
In my case installing an earlier version and running the updater did not work - the updater to 14.0.4 hung during installation.
Filemaker also advises this but unfortunately chose not to put the full installer on their website, so I had to Phone Filemaker support and supply the original sales contract number. After providing these details they mailed a link to the 14.0.4 full installer.
Because I was planning a co-install with OS X Server App I used port 8080 and 8443 in stead of the standard 80 and 443 during the setup.
Also I did not enable web publishing and ODBC/JDBC during installation because I desperately wanted to get the normal services working.
Do not start Deployment when the installer finished but click Quit in the finishing dialog.
Next step is to stop the server process via the terminal, as per Filemaker’s instruction: type or paste sudo launchctl stop com.filemaker.fms in a terminal window, enter and administrator password when required.
In my case I had to restart the Mac and do this last step again after a fresh restart, before the FileMaker Server 14.0.4b Software Patch wanted to run without complaining about the Server being running.
Run the FileMaker Server 14.0.4b Software Patch from http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/15575
Note that this installer will update your Java version to Java 8 update 66, in my case this went without any hiccups.
Log in to the Admin console using the FMS 14 Admin Console.webloc shortcut placed on the Desktop by the installer.
Alternatively point your browser to http://localhost:16001 and click Start Admin Console
About co-installing with OS X Server version 5.2
I know the true purist warn against this; in this case the server is under a relatively light load, so performance does not seem to be an issue.
Getting OS X Server to co-exist with FM Server proofed tricky though.
Initially I had OS X Server app installed before trying the last FileMaker Server 14.0.4b Software Patch which caused the installer to hang again.
So I had to command-drag to move the Server App from the Applications folder to the Desktop. After authenticating the Mac detects the removal and presumably stops and repatches all services involved.
Then the FileMaker Server 14.0.4b Software Patch installed, after which I could put the OS X Server app back, re-login to server, re-enable the services, restart the Mac and finally login to the Filemaker Admin console.
Next time I would leave the OS X Server installation as last step; possibly this will be less work.
By Peter Barfield
Hope someone can help with this issue.
I have filemaker server 14 installed on windows 10 ( yes! I know that is not part of the recommended specs by filemaker but it has been very stable for me as I only use it for odd db's when I am out and about from the office) and was working fine no issues whatsoever. I use ports 8080,443 and have port forwarded them through router as well as all the other ports required as per filemaker documentation.
All of a sudden it has stopped working. (no! There have been no windows updates)
I have disabled all firewalls and Sophos(this really doesnt like server for some reason).
I can connect to the server via LAN (ie local network) fine. but connecting remotely has stopped all of a sudden.
I use changeip to create a dynamic IP and that is working fine.
I have completely uninstalled and reinstalled the server as well.
Any ideas as to where i could look to see where the problem may lie?
I have tried to connect with filemaker go V13, 14 and 15 and filmaker pro 14 and 15 from variuos machines (no joy) now i am completely pulling what little hair I have out.
cheers in advance.