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11-30-2006, 03:06 PM
When backing up a drive that has FileMaker files open in FileMaker server in active use, I'm assuming that the files either wont' be copied, or the copies may be corrupt. I have hourly backups in a different folder, so this doesn't worry me.

Is there any potential issue about the in-use files stopping the backup altogether or causing FMSERVERD problems? Or is SD very non-pushy about messing with open files?

11-30-2006, 05:58 PM
It's possible that they'll cause the destination to fill, and -- since FileMaker doesn't try to keep its data flushed -- they might be unusable.

I'd suggest using the before/after copy "shell script" call-outs to either stop the server during the backup, or to export the databases and then use a copy script that doesn't copy the databases directly (instead, it backs up the exported versions).

12-01-2006, 01:08 PM
That's a good idea -- maybe i'll just remove the open database files from the "to copy" list, since it will prevent all these problems, and serve as a reminder that I'm supposed to revert to the prior (static) backup of the db files in case of disaster.

12-01-2006, 01:14 PM
Sounds like a plan -- take a look at the example of how to do this in the User's Guide...