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Control Filemaker Server via Lasso

This article explains how you can control a Filemaker Server via the Lasso [OS_Process] tag

Controlling FileMaker Server via Lasso

Using the Lasso [OS_Process] tags it is easy to control a Filemaker Server. Filemaker Server comes with a command line tool that allows you to get info such as the status or list of clients, files, plugins, backup schedules,... you can even open and close databases.

Example 1
The following example shows you a list of clients currently connected to your Filemaker Server

[var:'fmps_user'='your FMPS admin user here']
[var:'fmps_passwd'='your FMPS admin password here']
[var: 'myProcess' = (OS_Process: '/usr/bin/fmsadmin', (Array: 'LIST','CLIENTS',
 '-y', '-u'+$fmps_user, '-p'+$fmps_passwd))]
<pre>[Encode_break: $myProcess->Read]</pre>


This code will return something like :

Client ID    User Name         Computer Name    Ext Privilege
1                Lieven Gekiere    IntelMac20            fmapp


Example 2
The code below will actually create a backup of all files on your Filemaker Server and place it in the default backup folder:

[var:'fmps_user'='your FMPS admin user here']
[var:'fmps_passwd'='your FMPS admin password here']
[var: 'myProcess' = (OS_Process: '/usr/bin/fmsadmin', (Array: 'BACKUP', '-y', '-u'+$fmps_user, '-p'+$fmps_passwd))]
<pre>[Encode_break: $myProcess->Read]</pre>


The above code won't give you any output if the backup was successful. Using the code above you can create backups of your files 'on demand' via a webpage.

Example 3

The next example will output a list of hosted files on the FMPServer.

[var:'fmps_user'='your FMPS admin user here']
[var:'fmps_passwd'='your FMPS admin password here']
[var: 'myProcess' = (OS_Process: '/usr/bin/fmsadmin', (Array: 'LIST','FILES', '-y', '-u'+$fmps_user, '-p'+$fmps_passwd))]
<pre>[Encode_break: $myProcess->Read]</pre>


This outputs the following on my computer

filemac:/Macintosh HD/Library/FileMaker Server/Data/Databases/Sample/FMServer_Sample.fp7
filemac:/Macintosh HD/Library/FileMaker Server/Data/Databases/mytest.fp7


For a full list of available commands enter the following on the command line of the Filemaker Server box:

  fmsadmin help commands

Author: Lieven Gekiere
Created: 14 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 2 Mar 2011


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