360Works New Update: 360Deploy 2.5
360Works has just released 360Deploy 2.5; it ships with server-side scheduling, granular deployments, and several important improvements to the deployment process.
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360Deploy is a FileMaker deployment tool, designed to make FileMaker data migration easier. It utilizes the FileMaker Data Migration Tool, but it is so much more than a “wrapper”. It completely automates the tedious data migration tasks, while pushing changes from the development environment to the production server.
What Does 360Deploy Do?
- Clones the development database
- Transfers clone to the production server
- Imports the data from the production database and into the clone to absorb the new architecture *For large databases, it supports a scheduling feature to run imports overnight.
- Backs up the production solution in archived folders prior to import should clients wish to revert back to the old version
- Renames the deployed file
- Resumes the deployed file
What’s New in 360Deploy 2.5?
360Deploy 2.5 introduces compatibility with Server Side Scheduled Scripts. You can now schedule deployments from the admin console. This is very useful if you need the deployment to run at a set down time where users are not accessing the database, such as overnight hours.
Granular deployments are another big feature in 360Deploy 2.5; it allows you to turn files on and off for deployment without needing to re-do all of the configuration steps. You can simply select the files you do or do not want deployed at a specified time without any hassle.
There are several important improvements to help you experience a more elegant and easier deployment process:
- Multiple configurations can be stored in the same file now, allowing different configurations to use different license keys
- Deploying the same file multiple times to the same server is now smoother
- Implemented a more graceful process for kicking users out and closing files; the file-closing workflow has been reworked and improved for a better user experience
Please visit our changelog for a complete list of changes.
Keep in mind, once you press the ‘deploy’ button in 360Deploy, there is nothing left to do. It sends the new version to FileMaker Server (or multiple servers), and then runs in the background on each server, so you are free to continue working, take a break, or head home for the night, knowing that the new version will be safely deployed to users on each server by the time you get back. You’ll receive an email when the process is complete. Skip the hassle of fumbling with files on the server and stick to the ‘one-button click’ of 360Deploy for dev changes.
360Deploy 2 requires FileMaker Pro or Advanced 16, and production databases must be hosted on FileMaker Server 14 or later.
After downloading 360Deploy on your server and configuring settings with the simple 360Deploy Setup utility, 360Deploy will deploy the development file changes to your users with the click of one button.
360Deploy 2.5 is a free upgrade for 360Deploy 2 license holders, which is a huge benefit of maintaining the latest version of 360Works software.
If you do not have a license, 360Deploy 2 is available immediately for purchase at the 360Deploy page. Pricing starts at $195, which includes deployment with a single FileMaker solution (this can be a multi-file solution) and a single production server. It allows updated file versions for one solution to be deployed to one live / production server.
Additionally, there is a free demo license available which can deploy to any number of servers for testing and evaluation purposes. Higher grade license types are available for purchase as well.
Located in metro Atlanta, 360Works, a FileMaker Platinum Business Alliance member, has been providing development solutions for 22 years. The company is a leading developer of both shrink-wrapped and custom database solutions for clients such as NASA, Pixar, US Marines, Make-A-Wish foundation and others. The company is credited for its forward-thinking solutions, dedication and unparalleled client service.
Video Tutorial on 360Deploy 2.5
360Works builds FileMaker Pro plug-ins and add-ons, such as SuperContainer, MirrorSync, and ScriptMaster, 360Works offers consulting and programming services for FileMaker Pro for businesses worldwide.