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Filemaker 19.4.1 remote admin console access


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I am an accidental early adopter of Filemaker Server 19.4.1 - something I don't make a habit of.

One of the new features in this version of Filemaker Server is remote access to the Admin Console. This is great if you want that functionality, but if you have an internet-facing server then you probably...don't.

It seems Claris put in an undocumented way of disabling this new functionality.

In HTTPServer\conf is web.config (at least on Windows). This contains the following commented out section:

        <!-- Admin Console restriction access
        To grant remote access for Admin Console, you can uncomment the following with IP address -->
        <!-- <rule name="fac_restrict" patternSyntax="Wildcard" stopProcessing="true">
          <match url="*"/>
            <add input="{URL}" pattern="*admin-console*" />
            <add input="{REMOTE_ADDR}" pattern="<IP-Address-to-Grant_Access>" negate="true" />
            <action type="CustomResponse" statusCode="403" statusReason="Forbidden: Access is denied." statusDescription="You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied." />
        </rule> -->

Simply uncomment this section and change the <IP-Address-to-Grant_Access> to and restart Webdirect/the server. You can also change it to a 404 error, which is even better.

Hope this helps people facing a similar issue with this new feature.

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