Thank you, and every one, for your help!  Based on the responses I have
received, I have decided to create a backup of all of our FM databases using
the built-in FileMaker scripting tool (we were already doing this, it just
never occurred to me to use this in conjunction with Retrospect).
Retrospect will then back up these "inert" copies of the databases and
therefore I do not have to worry about automating the shutdown and startup
of FileMaker Server.

The first trial will be tonight, I will let you know what happens.

Thanks again and God bless,
Stiles Watson
Director of Information Services
The Church Initiative, Inc.
www.divorcecare.org
www.griefshare.org

----- Original Message -----
From: Erik Ableson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: retro-talk <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: New to Rertospect and AppleScript question


> Another _very_ useful and important routine to run is to set up a timed
script
> in FileMaker that does a save as of the database(s).  This ensures that
there is an
> inert copy of the database that Retrospect can backup safely and a
emergency
> copy available to use if a crash renders the original unusable.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Erik Ableson
>
> On Mon, Apr 17, 2000 at 03:39:25PM -0500, Jon Gardner wrote:
> > on 4/17/2000 1:41 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> >
> > >> I ran a backup on a test database and the backup ran without any
errors
> > >> (while FileMaker was still running).  I was then able to restore the
> > >> database from tape and open it -- no problems, but FileMaker Server
was
> > >> never shutdown during the backup.
> > >
> > > I just ran a similar test and found that the database was backed up,
but some
> > > indices had to be rebuilt.  Shutting down FileMaker should give more
reliable
> > > results.  I just posted a very similar question to yours, before
reading
> > > Friday's postings.  It would be very nice if the server shutdown
script could
> > > somehow be triggered by the Retrospect Client, but I don't see a way
to do
> > > that yet.
> >
> > Just set up a script in FileMaker Pro Server to backup all open
databases at
> > a certain time, preferably just before the Retrospect script is set to
run.
> > It's all built-in. Ours does it every night at 8:00 or something.
>
>
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