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FileMaker Cloud 101 – Jumpstart Tuts

1 The FileMaker Cloud Overview

The FileMaker Cloud Overview

Before you begin setting up your own instance of FileMaker Cloud, it helps to know some fundamentals of how it works. What is “the cloud”? What does it take to set it up?

This lesson will orient you to how FileMaker Cloud works, and define some of the terminology specific to cloud hosting. FileMaker Cloud is run on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. It takes advantage of this established “cloud,” benefiting from the robust, vetted platform while overlaying software specific to hosting FileMaker apps.

FileMaker Cloud and AWS are essentially two different services, and those services are billed separately. This lesson will break down the billing structure to help you sign up for the right services and know what to anticipate.

You’ll also get guidance on the other decisions you’ll need to make when signing up for FileMaker Cloud:

    • How many user licenses will you need? (How many users will be connecting to your app at once?)
    • How powerful does your cloud server (“instance”) need to be?

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2 Quickly Get Started with FileMaker Cloud

Quickly Get Started with FileMaker Cloud

With FileMaker Cloud, you’re now able to easily share information with your team. FileMaker Cloud provides secure, reliable access to your custom apps using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker WebDirect all without the administrative hassle.

FileMaker Cloud runs on the Amazon Web Services Cloud and is offered through AWS Marketplace. This means there are a few different phases to the initial setup. Because purchasing AWS and FileMaker Cloud can feel a little complicated, this lesson will walk you through the setup process, step by step.

Before you begin, you should have an Amazon Web Services account. Note that this is different from the account you may use to browse and shop on amazon.com as a consumer. If you don’t already have an AWS account, visit aws.amazon.com for more information.

Once you have your account, you can go to the AWS Marketplace and follow this lesson to:

  • Choose and purchase an AWS server (an “EC2 instance”)
  • Choose and purchase FileMaker Cloud
  • Activate your FileMaker Cloud instance

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3 Upload – Deploy your app to FileMaker Cloud

Upload – Deploy your app to FileMaker Cloud

Your FileMaker Cloud instance is up and running, and ready to host your app!

There are only a couple of security elements to check on the app itself before loading it onto the cloud. This lesson will walk you through those steps, then show you how to deploy your app to FileMaker Cloud. FileMaker Cloud requires you to secure your app before you load it.

  • You’ll ensure that any full-access accounts are password-protected.
  • As you load your app, you’ll encrypt it so that it isn’t hackable, in case anyone should try to access an offline copy.
  • Once your app is hosted on FileMaker Cloud, you’ll check a couple of settings in the Admin Console

Once you complete those steps, then your users are off to the races!

Your app will be available for users to log in with FileMaker Go on an iPad or iPhone, from a browser using FileMaker WebDirect, or from the desktop with FileMaker Pro. This lesson will demonstrate each login, as well as how to see those users as an administrator.

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4 Tour the FileMaker Cloud Admin Console

Tour the FileMaker Cloud Admin Console

You’ve hosted your app on FileMaker Cloud, and users can collaborate with it from their own devices. Now you’re ready to learn more about the full set of features that come with FileMaker Cloud and how to access those features from the Admin Console.

FileMaker Cloud is designed to work smoothly without a lot of hands-on administration:

  • Backups are scheduled and run automatically.
  • The environment defaults with the “auto-maintenance” feature set to “on” – which means the system will periodically restart itself outside of business hours, when users aren’t connected, as a good-hygiene practice.

Still, there are many settings and observations available to you in the Admin Console, and you may choose to adjust them yourself.

For example:

  • You’ll learn how to monitor which users are connected to your app, and how they’re connected. You can communicate with users from the admin console, and disconnect them if needed.
  • You’ll see where the last two weeks of automatic backups are stored, and learn how to keep one on file for longer-term reference.
  • You can check how much storage you’re using, so you know if you’re on the right instance type.

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