Administering databases > Verifying hosted files
Verifying hosted files
Note  The following information is for server administrators and group administrators.
1. Click the Activity > Databases tab.
2. Open the Databases folder, the additional database folder, or the group folder, if required.
3. If you are verifying selected databases, select one or more Normal databases.
4. Click Send messages menu for Activity Databases tab, then choose Verify or Verify All.
5. If a client is connected to one of the selected databases, do the following in the Verify Databases dialog box that appears:
For Delay time, enter the number of minutes between when the notification is sent and when clients are disconnected.
A dialog box opens so you can type the message to send to clients.
When the delay time elapses, FileMaker Server disconnects any remaining clients, closes the selected databases, verifies them, and then reopens the databases that were successfully verified. If a database fails the consistency check, you must use FileMaker Pro to recover the file. See FileMaker Pro Help.
FileMaker Server logs a message in Event.log indicating the success or failure of the consistency check.
If you are a group administrator, your server administrator must configure your administrator group to allow you to verify hosted databases in your group folder. For more information, contact your server administrator.
To indicate that FileMaker Server is performing the consistency check, the Status value of each database changes until the final status is Normal (if the consistency check passes) or Closed (if the consistency check fails).
It may take several minutes to verify many database files, a large database file, or a database with many connected clients.
Related topics 
Sending messages to FileMaker clients in the Clients list
Administering databases