Restoring a database from a progressive backup

Restore a database from a progressive backup by using your operating system tools to copy the database from the progressive backup folder to the folder where FileMaker Server hosts database files.

Warning  To avoid damaging the only backup of your database, make sure that you copy the database file you want to restore and leave the original progressive backup file unchanged in the progressive backup folder. Do not move the database file out of the backup folder, and do not use FileMaker Pro to open the database file that is stored in the progressive backup folder.

To restore a database file from a progressive backup:

  1. If the hosted database file you want to restore is currently open, use Admin Console to close it.

    See Closing hosted files.

  2. Use Admin Console to remove the hosted database.

    See Removing hosted files.

  3. Use your operating system tools to copy the database file from the progressive backup folder to the database folder where you uploaded the hosted database file.

    The progressive backup folder contains timestamped folders with the last full backups that have all progressive changes applied.

    • Copy the database from the most recent timestamped folder that contains the database file. (If a timestamped folder does not contain the database, then either the database was not hosted or the database could not be paused during that save interval.)
    • If your database file uses container fields that store objects externally, the timestamped folder contains an RC_Data_FMS subfolder that contains the externally stored objects.

      For example, if your database file is named Customers, then the RC_Data_FMS folder contains a subfolder named Customers that contains the externally stored objects for the Customers database file:

      RC_Data_FMS\Customers

      Copy this folder and its contents with the database file.

    Do not copy files from the other progressive backup folders, which contain in-progress backup files.

  4. Use Admin Console to open the restored database.

    See Opening hosted files.