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Manage multiple users backups

583 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 1:42 AM by Massimo Grossi RSS
Massimo Grossi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 12, 2012 12:52 AM

Hi, I try to explain my situation and all my troubles with Time Capsules.

Here @ work we have around 20 apple computers all running latest OSX 10.8.2 and I use 3 different 2TB Time Capsule to store and balance users backups.

During last 3 years some user is gone, some new arrived so Time Capsules are still storing unused and unuseful backups.

Moreover we changed computer and users would like to start brand new backup.

Is there a way to manage different users backup? I really need to delete some old Backups.backupdb folder.

If I try to access the time machine from my MBP I just can see of course my folder.

Is there out there some administrative tool to manage what stored in my Time Capsules?

I expected from Apple to have more controls on "Utility AirPort" application, but the only thing I can do on my TC disk in to initialize it... we cannot just initialize a disc every time we need to mange it.

Any solution?

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 2:10 PM (in response to Massimo Grossi)

    The TC is basically a home backup solution.. it is not designed for business situation and the design is too simple for what you want.


    You should be running a OSX server and a full backup to a raid array.


    Or consider using a non-apple backup tool.. and a standard NAS..


    You will want separate user directory for each Mac to backup to.. with proper controls and login.. this is much better done with common login server.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to Massimo Grossi)

    There are plenty of third party software..


    CCC, superduper and chronosync.. being the most often quoted.. I use TM to a non apple NAS and occaionally free superduper to make a disk image.


    Apple made the TC very difficult to use as you seem to want to use it.. in that, you cannot properly partition it. You can create disk images.. see



    Q3 he goes through setting up disk images.


    If you create a disk image for each Mac, then it makes it fairly easy to delete and recreate an image when you need to. Although you are now going to use the space somewhat less efficiently in that disk images will be of fixed size. I think this is not really as big an issue as it might seem as TM handles multiple computers connecting to the TC very poorly.


    I am rather more a hands on person.. I would pull the hard disk out of the TC and parition it properly on a Mac.. and put it back in the TC.. this voids the warranty of course. Which is what makes the TC so useless.. it is a sealed device.. there is no other NAS which seals you out of the hard drive to fix, format, replace, repair.


    You can hang multiple hard disks onto a TC via USB.. that will work for wireless but is extremely slow for ethernet.. and certainly USB disks are not without issues.. and latest Mac OS has been making a mess of reliable connection to them..


    Otherwise a Synology or QNAP NAS.. Setup different user login for each user.. then use TM or one of the alternatives.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:47 AM (in response to Massimo Grossi)

    Apple do not even give info on how to control the TC.. due to it not using a standard web page.. the only way in the airport utility.


    But if you use latest OS.. ie ML.. then airport utility 6.1 is a toyland version.


    You can at least on one computer load 5.6 utility.. it is fairly easy.. the 5.6 will not load onto Mountain Lion but is perfectly compatible.. just use a utility like unpkg to extract the utility.. drag it to the utilities directory.



    Pondini also talks about using another utility in C12 here.



    Pacifist. But unpkg is free and easy simple utility.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:13 AM (in response to Massimo Grossi)

    Go back to your first post.. you can only manage your own folder.. why?


    You should have adminstrative access to all the accounts on the TC..


    This is easy .. press reset for 1sec.. store the current setup.. do a hard reset.


    With full access to the TC you can delete any backup you like.


    Then restore the existing setup or simply recreate it..


    I would be careful testing to do this.. trial it first.. but I see no reason why you can only access your own folder.. the security setting on the TC is a 1sec reset away from total access.


    Delete backups.



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