In this video, we are talking about FileMaker Server backups – or more precisely, a backup set, that you create for remote backup.
Ultimately we want our FileMaker Server to take incremental backup, so we save on processing power and the time it takes to do a backup.
But we also want our remote backup software to do incremental backup, instead of moving a full copy every night.
Now in order for FileMaker server to do incremental backup, it needs to stamp the backup set folder with a timestamp. However, the Remote Backup software will as a result, see the entire folder and it’s files as changed and therefore it will do a full backup.

Watch this movie and download the FMS Backup Helper tool to solve this problem, so you can have both the FileMaker Server and your Remote Backup Software do incremental backups, which probably would also save you money on your remote storage backup.


The credentials for the helper file is;




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9 thoughts on “FMS BackupHelper

  1. Johna32 says:

    Maintain the excellent job mate. This web blog publish shows how well you comprehend and know this subject.

  2. Jonathan Fletcher says:

    Thank, Claus! I have been looking for such a solution!

  3. SHMUEL HAGGAI says:

    After downloading the application asks for a login and password that I can not find

    Thank you

    1. Claus Lavendt says:

      Hi Shmuel
      In the video, I share the credentials for this file.
      However, I have just edited the post to include this as well.
      Credentials are;

  4. Jasper says:

    Hi Claus, great video as usual! :-)
    But have you to tried setting “Maximum number of backups to keep” to 0? If this is set to 0, FileMaker Server won’t add the date and timestamp to the folder name. This eliminates the need of the scripts to rename the folder.

    1. Claus Lavendt says:

      Hi Jasper
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, you can set the number of backups to 0, which will eliminate the timestamp on the folder.
      However, this will prompt FMS to run a full backup instead of an incremental backup.
      This is very important if you e.g. have a large set of remote containers, that rarely change.
      So this is the main reason for creating this BackupHelper tool.
      I want BOTH FMS and the remote backup tool to be able to do incremental backup in order to save resources and space.

      Does that make it more clear ?

      1. Jasper says:

        Hi Claus
        Yes, very clear. Thanks a lot!

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