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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: TonyT on Apr 09, '11 03:45:20PM

>You just have to make sure that the desktop is awake whenever you
>want to backup the notebook, which is only slightly more convenient
>than just plugging the notebook into its own backup drive.

Not really. I use a Mac mini as a wireless server to my MacBook Air (with an external drive attached to the mini). The MBA Time Machine will send a WOL to the mini and the backup will occur, and after the backup, the TM Drive is automatically detached, and then the mini will go back to sleep (based on the Energy Settings in the mini). All without user intervention.



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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: chucky23 on Apr 11, '11 09:24:26AM
"I use a Mac mini as a wireless server to my MacBook Air (with an external drive attached to the mini). "

Yup. This is really the way to go.

A base equipped Mini with an external drive is a cheap and easy way of getting LAN Time Machine backups, whether you have 1 client or 5 clients.

Just considering the additional use you can get out of a Mini, it's much better value than a Time Capsule. And you get a more reliable backup system in the bargain.

"The MBA Time Machine will send a WOL to the mini and the backup will occur, and after the backup, the TM Drive is automatically detached, and then the mini will go back to sleep (based on the Energy Settings in the mini). All without user intervention."

This is true, but only if you have an all modern Airport Extreme LAN.

I use non-Apple commodity network hardware, so I don't get Wake On LAN with my Mini. But I leave the Mini on 24/7 by design. It's silent and energy efficient. I think of it as a router.

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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: everkleer80 on Apr 15, '11 07:19:46PM
This is true, but only if you have an all modern Airport Extreme LAN.
Actually you just need an Apple device anywhere on your network that was on when the Mac went to sleep; it doen't need to be your main router, and it doesn't necessarily need to be an Airport Extreme. For example, an Airport Express will work, I assume an Apple TV should work, and even another SL Mac (even the one trying to do the TM backup) will work as long as it was running when the server went to sleep.

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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: chucky23 on Apr 16, '11 10:13:19AM

Thanks for the tip, everkleer80. I did not know that.

It still won't help me, both because my Mini is an Early-2009 model that doesn't support WOL in hardware, (at least, to the best of my knowledge), and because I'd still have to run my Mini 24/7 for reasons beyond just TM backups.

But it is good to know.



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