4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2012 7:04 AM by Pondini
StevenJD Level 2 (225 points)

Greetings:

 

Does anyone know if the new capability to do encrypted time machine backups over a network in Mountain Lion will backup to a volume on another Mac? All I see mentioned in the Apple information or the reviews is Time Capsule. Currently we backup a MacBook Pro to a Firewire 800 drive I have attahed to a Mac Mini we use as a home server. However, I have been unwilling to use a network backup for my MacBook Air because I have sensitive information for work on it and need to have my backup encrypted, so I plug it into an encrypted USB drive every few days and let TM run. If Mountain Lion would give me the capability to migrate this process to an encrypted network back-up on my home server, it would be a reason to upgrade sooner.

 

Thanks,

Steve


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 11-inch, Core i7
  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    StevenJD wrote:

     

    Greetings:

     

    Does anyone know if the new capability to do encrypted time machine backups over a network in Mountain Lion will backup to a volume on another Mac?

    I didn't try that in testing, but it does work to an external HD connected to a Time Capsule, or even an Airport Extreme (not recommended, and not supported by Apple).

     

    So I suspect it will.  Give it a try.  You'll know immediately -- if the Encrypt Backups box is disabled, it's not going to work.

     

    Let us know.

  • StevenJD Level 2 (225 points)

    Well, in case anyone finds this and is interested, it works perfectly. It is great not to need to "plug in" just to update my Time Machine backup. Thank you Apple!

     

    Steve

  • Appleguy514 Level 1 (25 points)

    I second this question, I don't know why it isn't possible.  All of the functionality is already in Mac OS.  They should create an update in the software or firmware to allow for this immedaitely.  We are talking about security and ease of use here, these are supposed to be Apple's "bread and butter."

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Try reading the previous post.