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Debug Apache on a FileMaker Server

Since FileMaker Server version 13, FMS has used its own Apache configuration files on macOS instead of just adding includes to the OS configuration files. Because of this, the technique I mentioned here no longer works for newer systems. This new arrangement has reduced issues for FileMaker Server’s web connectivity. But updates or other changes can still cause the httpd process to fail to start up, and all you’ll see is something like this in the system log:

Jan 18 13:13:14 myservername com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.filemaker.httpd.start[574]): Service exited with abnormal code: 1

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FileMaker Client installers with FileMaker Cloud

If you purchased your FileMaker Cloud server with user connection licenses,  you may well wonder “Where do I get the client software to connect to my server?”.

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What’s this “Sign in to FileMaker Server” dialog?

If you’ve installed the FileMaker Pro client using a “For Teams” license, or as part of your FileMaker Cloud server usage, you may see a new dialog in FileMaker Pro.

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Using an AWS Reserved Instance with FileMaker Cloud

We’ll discuss how you can use a one or three year reserved instance for your FileMaker Cloud instance. This can shave 30% or more off your AWS instance charges.

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Restart interrupted FileMaker Cloud deployment

If you had started a FileMaker Cloud deployment, but lost access, accidentally closed the page, or had some other issue that caused the process to stop, you may be able to restart your deployment easily by going to the AWS Marketplace and checking your history.

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Step-by-step for FileMaker Cloud

students at a presentation learning about the FileMaker Platform
programming students learn about the FileMaker Platform; photo by jules bowie – 11/07/16

Introduction

Although setting up your AWS account and creating a new FileMaker Cloud instance is a fairly easy process, it does have dozens of steps, and a few places where you could easily take a wrong turn. On this post we’ll go through each step in the configuration of your Amazon AWS account and requesting your first server.
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Version 0.84 of bBox for FileMaker Now Available

Optimized for FileMaker 15, the new version of bBox includes 160 examples

We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.84 of our free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to other programs, code libraries, and OS X functions including Python, Ruby, AppleScript, Perl, Bash/sh, XPath, and SQLite.

bBox FileMaker Plug-in logo

This version has the following changes:

  • added function descriptions (FileMaker 15 only)
  • was returning wrong error code if problem reading output from POSIX commands (Bash, Curl, etc.)
  • new “no wait” option for Bash, Curl, and Sort to run processes asynchronously
  • new bBox_PythonEval for quick & easy calls with larger Python scripts or classes

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SSL Certificates with FileMaker 15: Part I

secure data pipes with SSL; photo by Lon Cook
lock down your data pipes with SSL; photo by Lon Cook
Intro: SSL Basics

SSL certificates are a very common way to secure client/server network connections, and the FileMaker platform has made use of them for many years. With version 15 however, FileMaker has made a number of security changes, in handling SSL and certificates, on both the server and the clients. But where do they come into play, and how might this affect your deployments?

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Version 0.83 of bBox Now Available

Optimized for FileMaker 15, the new version of bBox includes 160 examples

We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.83 of our free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to other programs, code libraries, or OS X functions (Python, Ruby, AppleScript, Perl, Bash/sh, XPath, SQLite).

bBox FileMaker Plug-in logo

This version has the following changes:

  • fix for double-byte UTF-8 characters in text causing truncated output
  • three new examples (and three retired)
  • updates to 32 examples

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