FileMaker Cloud 188.8.131.52 released — and this is good news for your SSL
FileMaker Inc. has released a new version of FileMaker Cloud.
One of the major news is that this version is available for APAC, which means that now we are pretty much supported world wide.
However, the biggest new feature in my opinion is the new process to renew the free 90 day SSL certificate from Comodo.
When FileMaker Cloud was released initially, we realised that renewing the SSL certificate, required a substantial difficult process, which was difficult for even seasoned developers and server admins.
So in order to help our colleagues, we created a tool, that could help you through this process. Richard Carlton and I, did a video to explain the process and how to use this free tool. Currently, about 200 people have downloaded this tool and there has been 700 views of the video.
The good news is that FileMaker Inc. have listened to the feedback from the community and now they have implemented a much better and pretty easy way of renewing the free 90 day SSL certificate, you get when you setup your instance.
In fact, the new process is taking care of everything, so that you only have to select whether you want to renew for 1,2 or 3 years.
So, how is this new feature working ?
First of all, you will have to upgrade your instance to the new version 184.108.40.206.
In your Cloud Admin Console, you will see a notification, telling you that there is an update available. Now you follow instructions carefully to upgrade your instance.
Be aware that your instance will need to be stopped during the upgrade, so you can’t do this process while you have users working in hosted files.
After the upgrade, you go to Configuration tab and select SSL Certificates menu and then you just click the button “Renew Comodo Certificate”.
Now, the new feature will take you through the process of purchasing a new certificate for your instance, via FileMaker Web Store. Once you have paid for your chosen option of 1,2 or 3 years SSL Certificate, FileMaker Cloud backend will request a new certificate from Comodo.
When the certificate is ready, you will see a notification in your Cloud Admin Console with the option to Import the new SSL Certificate.
I believe that you will need to reboot your instance after importing the new SSL certificate, so do this only when you don’t have users accessing your hosted files.
This new feature takes away all the complexity of creating a CSR file, opening SSH, renewing at Comodo website, creating verification file, uploading to your instance and finally importing SSL Certificate. YEAH !
This new feature is only for you, if you want to keep using the initial host name and the filemaker-cloud.com domain. e.g. my server.fmi.filemaker-cloud.com
If you want to use your own domain name and install a supported SSL Certificate of your choice, then you will still need to use the old method of manual process or using the free tool. (though you will need to skip a few steps)
We are considering creating a new version of the tool and a video for when you want to install SSL Certificates and use your own domain name, if time allows it.
Until then, you can still use the tool, that is available on TheBrainBasket.com
Don’t you just love it, when you life get’s easier ?
I hope to see you at DevCon in Phoenix!
About the author
This writeup is authored by Claus Lavendt, senior consultant, certified FileMaker 16 developer and owner of DataManix — a FileMaker FBA Platinum partner in Denmark.
We offer development and consulting services to a wide range of business.
In addition, Claus Lavendt is the author of several videos and free tools for FileMaker developers and a leading expert on the FileMaker platform. He is a frequently speaker at the international FileMaker DevCon, as well as European DevCons, This year, he will host 2 sessions at the FileMaker Developer Conference in Phoenix: “Install and Configure Your FileMaker Server” and “See FileMaker Go 16 through the DevCon2Go17”. He is also the creator of the DevCon2Go app, used by attendees at the Developer Conference to navigate the content as well as serve as a learning tool for developers.
In October, he will be speaking at both the Scandinavian DevCon in Stockholm as well as the Spanish DevCon in Madrid.