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Offsite backup of mail server to time capsule?

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Feb 1, 2013 6:59 PM

I run a training business with two office sites.  We've got a server set up at one of them, and we're looking at bringing our mail service onto it, but before we do so I've been told to find a solution to give us a remote backup of it.  Both sites have time capsules, so I was wondering if it would be possible (perhaps via VLAN?) to have the Mini server do Time Machine backups to the Time Capsule in the remote office.


In short:


Office A: Mini server hosting Mail  <-- VLAN --> Office B: Time Capsule where mail server is backed up


Will this work?

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,640 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 10:15 PM (in response to 加持)

    The basic answer is not with Apple equipment. 


    You mean VPN not VLAN.. but that is just terminology issue.. the fact is the TC has no VPN.. so unless you are prepared to get a real vpn router, and put the TC into bridge it wouldn't work. TC is really a home device.. it is not designed for the kind of backup functionality you would need to do this.. ie rsync.


    Let me also say I would hesitate to do TM backup over internet. It is a noisy protocol with a lot of chatter back and forth so it is slow without ethernet.. just using wireless in home setup TC is slow. Over your upload speed of 1mbit or less it would really take ages. (that is assuming you are without fibre or really fast cable).


    Why not look at cloud backup.. mail server doesn't have to be a huge backup. And use a better backup software designed for cloud use.


    Or backup to USB drive and swap drives on a weekly basis so you have an offsite, full backup then use cloud for incremental.

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    Feb 4, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to 加持)

    While Time Capsule isn't ideal for this application, you may want to consider an offsite backup solution like's DataProtect.


    It gives you offsite replication of files (including Macs, Windows, and Linux) from both your offices for an affordable price. Also, since it's a managed service you have access to 24x7 phone support, which is very handy if you ever have to use it.


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