Administering databases > Verifying hosted files

Verifying hosted files

To verify a single database:

1. Click the Databases page.

2. Select an Open (Open status icon) database.

3. Click Down-arrow menu button and choose Verify.

To verify all databases:

1. Click the Databases page.

2. For All Databases, click Down-arrow menu button and choose Verify All.


If a client is connected to one of the selected databases, do the following in the Verify Databases dialog box:

Enter an optional message to send to clients.

For Delay Time, enter the number of minutes between when the notification is sent and when clients are disconnected.

Important  If you specify a delay time of 0, then clients are disconnected immediately and they may lose unsaved work.

When the delay time elapses, FileMaker Server disconnects any remaining clients, closes the selected databases, and then reopens the databases that were verified. If a database fails the consistency check, you must use FileMaker Pro Advanced to recover the file. See FileMaker Pro Advanced Help.

FileMaker Server logs a message in Event.log, indicating the success or failure of the consistency check.

To indicate that FileMaker Server is performing the consistency check, the status of each database changes until either Open (the consistency check passed) or Closed (the consistency check failed) is displayed.

The amount of time needed to verify databases can vary significantly depending on factors such as server hardware, the number of databases, and the size of databases. Consider scheduling verification during periods when clients don’t need to access the databases.

Related topics 

Sending messages to FileMaker clients

Administering databases