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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: tc_nyc on Apr 08, '11 08:28:36AM
In the section "Apple Server" I expected to see some detail on how OS X Server has options specific to Time Machine clients and how it directly supports numerous OS X clients seamlessly. Instead I read a rant on how Apple has discontinued the XServe product and that a lone rebel could "set up a Mac Pro with some huge drives crammed in it and hope it works reliably as a server". This post is a great primer on Time Machine for those who are curious on the inner workings, but sheesh... it's not like Apple doesn't sell software and hardware today that explicitly works with Time Machine clients.

For example, I have numerous clients with servers that back up many Time Machine clients seamlessly every day. One of them (gasp!) is a Mac Pro with 8 external SATA drives connected to a PCI host card striped as a RAID. Magic!

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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: neuralstatic on Apr 08, '11 09:11:54AM

exactly. or throw a single 2tb firewire drive on mac server OR client and share it out. lack of xserve really has no impact on running tm on a server (or client).



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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: Makosuke on Apr 12, '11 01:26:03AM

Indeed. Just because Apple doesn't offer a 1U rackmount server doesn't mean that there's no options for networked backups on a moderately large scale. A Mac Pro-based server might not cut it if you need a datacenter with full-height 42U racks stuffed with SAS drives, but if all it's doing is Time Machine serving one could easily support a few dozen TB of RAID1 or RAID5 volumes, which is enough to support a decent-sized workgroup of backups.

Or, if you're only backing up a dozen or two clients, a Mini server with a 2 or 4 drive RAID array connected via FW800 isn't at all a bad solution--cheap and effective. I replaced our G5 XServe with one of these when it died.

OR... if you're a home user, you can do what I do and just run a NON server Mini as a fileserver. Time Machine will gladly back up to volumes mounted from even a client MacOSX box, and that's how my iMac and MBP are backed up--two partitions on an external on a two-generation-old non-server Mini shared over the network.



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