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Creating User Accounts on Time Capsule

4200 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2009 9:57 AM by MartenJ RSS
getmilton Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Feb 29, 2008 3:22 PM
Just got my Time Capsule. It's beautiful! My situation: I will be the only one using the disk for a TM backup. Other users just want to store data on the drive. Is there a way to limit access to user data? I don't everyone to be able to see all my files.

Thanks for the help.
15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • computergeek89 Calculating status...
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    Mar 10, 2008 3:29 PM (in response to getmilton)
    I would like to know the answer to this one as well. I want to be able to restrict access to user created folders so that not just anyone with access to the Time Capsule can see personal data that is backed up.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • computergeek89 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 10, 2008 4:31 PM (in response to computergeek89)
    OK I just found the answer to this. In the airport utility click on the name of the Time Capsule then under Disks you will see an option for accounts, you can create user accounts and access rights in that.

    By the way I am new to Mac, came in kicking and screaming as I used them in the mid 90's and hated them. Now I don't want any other computer I just love my little Macbook.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • computergeek89 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 10, 2008 4:35 PM (in response to getmilton)
    Sorry we must have posted at the same time. You are correct it is not that hard and I feel kind of silly for not seeing it. Thanks for your help.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • bBack2mac Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2008 9:23 PM (in response to getmilton)
    getmilton wrote:
    It's actually not that hard. Open the Airport Utility. Select the Time Capsule. Then select Manual Setup>Disks>File Sharing>Secure Shared Disks>With Accounts

    Then click Configure Accounts. You'll see a + sign. Add an account. I used my User name and password, for ease. Update the station and you're set.

    A warning: Once you create the account you will only be able to see the data in your User folder on the TC.

    in my case i see things a little differently.

    in the sidebar I click on "Time Capsule" and it asks me to connect as (me). I then see 2 shares:
    1) "time capsule" and
    2) "me" (i.e. the/whatever account name i used/setup using the airport util per same method you describe)

    1) is public to all (other users on my mac)
    2) is restricted to the user / pwd combination i set up in the airport util

    maybe this is a function/result of the fact that when i first setup the TC i didn't set up accounts, dropped a few files on the the drive, then set up a account...?

    meanwhile it is all moot because i can't get Time Machine to work with the TC - backup fails because of link errors :s
    iMac & MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), NA
  • MartenJ Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2009 9:57 AM (in response to getmilton)
    I have a further question on this topic...

    I created two accounts and put stuff in there. Then I moved the TimeCapsule to another location and had to reset it. Now I can see one account and the shared account but not the second personal account. And the settings for the TimeCapsule are back on "Secure disks with TimeCapsule password".

    If I change the setting to "with accounts" will I loose all data? Will the accounts reappear and I can access them as before as long I remember username and password?

    Would be amasingly grateful if anyone can shed some light on this!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)


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