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Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine

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Feb 19, 2013 1:10 PM

Is it feasible or recommended to set up a Mac Mini Server with external drive to be a networked Time Machine repository?  I work in a hetergeneous network environment where most user files are stored on the Windows server shares, however, not all users are created equal and some don't save the files correctly or at all.  We have just gotten a Mac Mini with OSX Server on it and I was thinking of connecting an external drive device like a NAS or DROBO and using that as a Time Machine volume to backup the Mac laptops when they connect back to the network.  Is this viable?

 

TIA.

 

Lance

  • sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 2:29 PM (in response to Araknd)

    Lance,

     

    I have this configuration in my office with a desktop (10.6.8), laptop (10.6.8), server (10.8.2), and 5 iOS mobile devices and it has not been an issue to date.  I think it will be a matter of scale and what other services the Mac Mini Server provides.  If you have a few Mac laptops it would work, but if you have too many Mac laptops it will bog the Mac Mini Server down.  I do not have a maximum number of clients for this type of configuration, but if I had to guess it would be 10 or less for providing (only) Time Machine backups.

     

     

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  • sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to Araknd)

    Lance,

     

    I have a Western Digital 2TB external, but I recommend to my clients to get a external "Hot Swappable" RAID drive that allows them to take one of the disks off-site for off-site backup.  Using RAID 1 (mirroring) allows them to cycle (a third) disk on a regular basis without resulting in additional network backup traffic.

     

     

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  • FromOZ Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 8:40 AM (in response to Araknd)

    Not sure if a NAS will work connected to Mac mini as storage device for 'networked' TimeMachine backup using OS X Server on the Mac mini. That is, whether it needs to be directly attached external drive to support TimeMachine.

     

    I am using OS X Server 10.8.2 with attached RAID 1 connected via Thunderbolt serving two client machines. It is working well.

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