360Deploy 2 automates your process of making FileMaker changes and migrating the data to a live or production (PROD) database.
Experience an easy and safe tool to make changes to your development (DEV) file and send off the changes with the click of a button. With 360Deploy 2, all you'll need to do is use the configuration tool to set up and your users will be enjoying their new database in no time!
Joe Martin, Senior Developer at 360Works, recently presented at the Houston FMDUT Meeting where he demonstrated the setup of 360Deploy 2 and covered development topics on deploying changes to a PROD file.
Today we have a video recap of the meeting that has been shortened to 15 minutes so you can briefly observe what the process will look like for you or follow along with the setup! Below the video we have summarized a few answers to questions asked after the presentation.
What happens when you add a new value list?
If you add a new value list, it will be pulled in from the dev file (prod value list will be wiped out) 360Deploy makes a clone of DEV file and pulls in from it Considering adding a feature to customize this in the future (alternatively pulls from PROD file)
How are accounts handled?
360Deploy pulls data and accounts from PROD, and layout and schema from DEV
What does 360Deploy do with your container data?
360Deploy does nothing with your container data. Which is the desired behavior. Externally stored containers live in completely separate folders than the database itself. If we run our database migration, and put the production database back in place, the records will still be able to resolve their external container dependency to that data. Container data is ignored, but we maintain the link to it so that when the dev file is swapped out with the prod file those links can re-establish themselves.
Is 360Deploy FileMaker Cloud compatible?
360Deploy is not FM Cloud Compatible due to FMS admin technology not made available to us. However, we can host for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about hosting.
Does 360Deploy absolutely require FileMaker Server ...can it be ran locally?
360Deploy requires a production server to deploy to, as this was the primary goal behind the product. Your DEV files can be local.
Can 360Deploy run overnight?
360Deploy can be set to run overnight using an on timer script. You'll need to leave the client open to let it run overnight. In later versions, we plan to have scheduled scripts so you can run the deployment from anywhere such as your iPad.
Story Behind 360Deploy?
360Deploy 1 was created by Sam Barnum to create a solution that did not exist (before FileMaker Data Migration Tool was released). He had to come up with several workarounds for abstracting a database import, one being able to dynamically generate a script to determine the next serial number for imported tables. However, now 360Deploy 2 can run imports and migrations faster and smoother since it leverages the new FileMaker Data Migration Tool.
Our ultimate goal was to provide a nicer way to manage files on your server, providing smoother imports and making tedious work a lot easier. We plan to continue innovating around this goal with features in future version releases.
We recommend using the demo version first to make sure it is going to work for your solution. We'll be happy to help you get a license once you are done your testing. Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have.
For more information or to download, visit: 360deploy.com.
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.
3. Monitor Your Sync Statistics
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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We enjoy meeting up with our fellow FileMaker Developers at DevCon. Each year, we like to catch up with Richard Carlton Consulting who offers educational and entertaining FileMaker training that will keep you engaged and leave you with the knowledge and tools you need to be an excellent FileMaker Developer.
Check out Richard's video below to see an in-depth explanation and interview on MirrorSync 5 with 360Works President, Jesse Barnum.
Download a free version of MirrroSync 5, upgrade, or purchase here.
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Summer is over and our weekly FileMaker webinars are back!
Our first one is this Thursday at 11am PDT, on “Relationships for Beginners”.
We will spend 30 minutes covering a specific topic. Then the last 30 minutes will be an open Q&A on any topic.
Sept 13th: Relationships for Beginners
Sept 20th: Find Records, Date Ranges, and Special Operators
Sept 27th: Conditional Formatting (Can I making something Red?)
Oct 4th: Automation (Repetitive Tasks can become Scripts)
Oct 11th: Reporting & SubSummaries
Oct 18th: Merge Fields and Hiding Objects (Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak)
Oct 25th: Sharing your FileMaker App with Co-Workers
Nov 1st: Basic Concepts for Building Mobile Apps
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