Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to jim0203)
Using a third-party NAS as a Time Machine backup destination is unsupported by Apple. Search this site for reports of the resulting data-loss catastrophes. If such a catastrophe happens to you, your only recourse will be to the NAS vendor. Neither Apple nor anyone here will be able to help you.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks, Linc. Is that a marketing decision by Apple (possibly to push sales of Time Capsule) or is there another reason why Apple doesn't support third-party NAS solutions?
All that being said, I'm happy for the fallout from a NAS meltdown to hit the vendor so I'm happy to continue this line of enquiry with regards to putting together a backup strategy. I'm also open to completely different backup strategies that will work for my scenario, if people would like to share these.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to jim0203)
If you intend to use a third-party NAS with Time Machine, you must verify that the device meets the Time Machine Network Interface Specification (TMNIS).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 3:13 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks Linc, will do. I'm intrigued as to why Apple doesn't support third-party NAS solutions. Maybe I was too cynical in my earlier post, and this is just standard industry practice: i.e., responsibility for data integrity rests with the media manufacturer or vendor (in this case, the NAS manufacturer) rather than the manufacturer of the computer. That would make sense to me.