Tutorial 204:

Share using Server

Tutorial 204: Lesson 4

Configuring FileMaker Server

Changing settings on FileMaker Server

You’ve hosted your app on FileMaker Server, and users can collaborate with it from their own devices. FileMaker Server does more than simply share your app, though. It has a variety of features that allow you to observe current conditions and the performance of the server, and to make adjustments to settings.

For example:

  • You can monitor which users are connected to your app, and how they’re connected. You can communicate with users, and disconnect them if needed.
  • FileMaker Server automatically backs up all hosted files at midnight, daily. You’ll see where these backups are listed, how to keep one on file for longer-term reference, and how to create additional custom backup schedules.
  • You can connect FileMaker Server with your own authentication server, such as Active Directory or Open Directory, so users can log in to your app with their standard credentials.

There are three avenues available to make these observations and adjustments:

  1. The Admin Console allows you to interact with FileMaker Server through a point-and-click interface.
  2. With the Command Line Interface (CLI), you type specific commands in a text-based tool on the server machine, to communicate directly with FileMaker Server.
  3. The Admin API is a RESTful API (Application Programming Interface) for FileMaker Server. It is essentially a communication path allowing developers to send the server a request from another tool, like a web app, or even from a custom FileMaker app.

The videos in this lesson will cover the Admin Console and the Command Line Interface. The Admin API requires more advanced development skills; for details on using the Admin API, see the Related Resources for this lesson.

Why is this important?

As you get more comfortable with the FileMaker platform, you’ll likely use more of the many features available to you. FileMaker Server is the hub for many of these features, from the common (such as running common scripts on the server) to the more advanced (such as connecting to outside data sources).

Video 1

Configuring FileMaker Server using the Admin Console

Get a tour of the Admin Console, and the settings available through this point-and-click tool

Watch Time: 11 minutes

In this video, you will:

  • View the dashboard: Get a quick overview of the state of the server (0:57)
  • See hosted apps: Administer your app(s) and users (2:00)
  • Access backups: See a list of backups and create a new backup schedule (2:38)
  • Check the Configuration area: Review more advanced settings (4:46)
  • Enable connectors: Allow integrations with outside apps (8:44)

Video 2

Configuring FileMaker Server using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

Practice using direct commands to make changes on FileMaker Server.

Watch Time: 5 minutes

In this video, you will:

  • Access the CLI (Command Line Interface): Learn how to open the command line interface for both Mac and Windows machines 
  • List commands: Use the CLI to generate a list of available commands 
  • Turn on logging: Enable client statistic logging to help monitor performance

Related Resource(s)

  • FileMaker 17 Server Administrative Console. Learn more >
  • FileMaker 17 Server Admin Console, Admin CLI and Admin API. Learn more >
  • FileMaker Server Command Line Reference. Learn more >