5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2013 8:40 AM by FromOZ
Araknd Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

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

  • 1. Re: Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine
    sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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.

     

     

    Lou Picinich

     

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  • 2. Re: Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine
    Araknd Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Thanks, Lou.  We would only have about 10 max Macs connected at one time.  What kind of device are you connecting to the Mac Mini or are you using the internal HD?

  • 3. Re: Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine
    sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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.

     

     

    Lou Picinich

     

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  • 4. Re: Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine
    Araknd Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Thanks again, Lou.  I would use a multiple disk array of some sort for redunancy.

  • 5. Re: Using Mac Mini Server as Time Machine
    FromOZ Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)

    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.