I need to be able to restart a Windows server running FileMaker server via a script. I would like to run a server side script in the Filemaker Server software. I was interested in using the 360works ScriptMaster. Any advice, pointers, problems I should be aware of?
By John F
I have a FileMaker server 18 installation that’s crashing about once a week. When I look at the event log for the time of the crash. I see client 1 not responding, client 2 not responding etc. until all clients are disconnected. All databases show as open in the server console. From a client PC no open files are listed for the host. If I telnet to the server from a workstation on port 5003 a connection can’t be established. Stopping and starting the database server does not help. Restarting the FileMaker service does not restore operation. The server is still communicating with the network. I can open a web page or browse other computers on the network. Restarting the Windows server restores normal FileMaker operation. My environment is as follows:
Windows Server 16 Standard Edition dedicated FileMaker server.
8 GB memory
80 GB RAID disk drive (40 GB free)
Indexing turned off
No third party backup software running
No AV software running
Windows File Sharing turned off for all folders.
Windows Defender Turned off
IPV6 protocol turned off
What we have tried so far:
We replaced the network switch (after the first crash a few weeks ago).
Tested all databases for corruption.
Compacted all databases
Reinstalled FileMaker Server 18
Any insights would be greatly appreciated
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24U Software releases LogMonitor for server administrators
This new open-source tool can watch (not only) FileMaker(R) Server logs and send e-amail and push notifications when something important appears there
Prague, CZ -- August 1, 2019 -- 24U Software has released LogMonitor, a new open-source tool made for server administrators to efficiently stay aware of important events being recorded in various text logs.
Most server apps write thousands of messages to their lots, so it's often difficult for a server admin to notice when an unusual message appears there. LogMonitor addresses this issue by allowing the admin to define patterns of messages which might be important to examine, and generates e-mail to alert the admin about such messages automatically.
In addition to sending e-mails, LogMonitor can send also push notifications to the admin's smart phone via popular cloud service Pushover. Push notifications can be even enabled separately for each pattern, so that the admin can get push notifications for urgent issues and only e-mail notifications about things that do not require immediate attention.
About monitoring FileMaker Server logs
As a FileMaker solution provider and custom apps developer, 24U has primarily developed LogMonitor to make administering and maintaining FileMaker Servers easier and more efficient.
FileMaker Server used to have the option to send e-mail notifications about errors and warnings. Version 17 removed the option for warning notifications. With LogMonitor FileMaker Server admins not only get this feature back, but they can get notified even about scripting errors if they are important. On the other side, thanks to using regular expression patterns, some unimportant errors and warnings can be set to be silently ignored by LogMonitor, making the admin receive notifications about things that really require attention.
About monitoring other server apps
Even though LogMonitor is primarily designed for use with FileMaker Server, it can be equally useful for monitoring any other server app. It lets the admin define multiple different log files to monitor and different patterns to look for in the logs, it is even able to work around log rolling, a common method to prevent logs from growing too much in size by regularly renaming old logs and creating new ones.
LogMonitor is written in the Python scripting language and requires Python 3.6 in order to run. It comes with easy-to-use installers for macOS and Windows, but can be used on any platform capable of running Python 3.6.
Availability and Pricing
LogMonitor is available free of charge as open source, licensed under the "GNU LGPLv3" License. 24U greatly appreciates any feedback and contributions, but cannot provide free support for the tool. Developers and server admins may hire 24U to help them with their projects, either by purchasing paid support or by utilizing 24U's custom development services.
More information: https://www.24usoftware.com/logmonitor
About 24U Software
With customers in 68 countries and 28 years of experience with the FileMaker platform, 24U excels in developing new or taking care of existing custom apps, optimizing their performance, identifying and resolving potential issues and liabilities, improving reliability, stability and scalability, integrating them with other systems including various hardware devices, and extending them beyond expectation.
As a platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, 24U helps global businesses around the world to maintain sustainable growth by working with their in-house developers or completely taking care of the maintenance and development of their business solutions.
Software Division Manager, 24U s.r.o.
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MirrorSync 5 is now available and with it ships a better user experience for your clients! Today, we want to share 3 ways you can optimize your FileMaker sync experience for your users with the lastest version of MirrorSync.
If you haven't heard...MirrorSync allows you to sync FileMaker Go, FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Servers, SQL databases, and virtually any datatbase you can think of!
Here are 3 ways you can sync FileMaker and provide a better user experience using MirrorSync 5:
1. Encrypted Password Storage
No user wants to repetitively enter their password before a sync! As a convenience to your users, MirrorSync 5 will now store encrypted passwords for your users on the server. Essentially, it stores an encrypted version of the last used password to sync an offline file. In MirrorSync 5, instead of picking between a shared, auto-entered password (less secure) or individual passwords that need to be entered on each sync (less convenient), everyone can use their own password with ease and optimal security.
2. Fast Initial Sync
MirrorSync now runs a server-side initial sync! It will save an empty clone of the file, and temporarily host the empty file copy on FileMaker Server where it runs a fast server to server sync of only the selected records you want to sync. This is especially helpful if you have a massive database and only want to sync a subset of records without draining the memory on the local device, such as an iPad or iPhone. Once the sync is complete, MirrorSync closes the file on the server and sends the pre-populated file down to your users.
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MirrorSync now reports sync stats to AWS CloudWatch. You can get real-time updates on important metrics such as sync times, warnings, and other notifications. Having this insight at your fingertips will make you instantly aware of issues or difficulties your users may be running into.
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