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So are AFP network drives OK?
Authored by: stokessd on Dec 17, '07 10:56:53AM

I don't have extensive experience with this, but here's what I have:

My macbook Pro and my wife's macbook both backup wirelessly to an openSUSE based server with a software raid array (2.5TB). I'm using openSUSE 10.3 and what I think is still the most recent release of netatalk. I share various directories on the raid both via SMB and AFP (apple-babble). I've been reliably backing up both computers every hour since November 8th. I have specified the max size of the backup sparse-image (via a previous hint) and haven't hit that limit yet. I'm also advertising the services on the server (mDNS also known as bonjour) using avahi.

The server is attached via gigabit ethernet to an airport extreme. The computers typically backup via the airport extreme wireless connection, but at times I've got them attached to a wired connection if the computer is on either of our desks. TM doesn't seem to care as long as it can see the server.

I've restored several files and applications over the last month or so partially out of need and partially as a test. So far it's worked flawlessly.

The really impressive parts are how nicely it behaves when away from home and TM can't connect to the server. And how nicely it resumes when I am finally back at home.

At this point I have to say that it seems robust for my hardware configuration and I'm quite pleased with how well it works, and how it stays out of the way when working. The only indication that it's working is that the network share mounts and appears on the desktop, then disappears a minute or so later.

However, it's not my only backup, I also used superduper before Leopard and I'm using Carbon copy cloner until superduper is leopard ready. I use TM for daily backups and every week to month (depending on computer usage), I do a complete system backup (smart backup typically). I do that to a pair of external drives. One of which lives in a fireproof box. I've got a couple time yearly offsite backup that lives in my parents guest room and gets updated when we visit.

The beauty of TM is that it's got your back every hour, no other backup scheme that I've ever seen implemented keeps such fresh backups as you work. I treat it as a stop-gap between what I consider my true backups.


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