Samba share

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Zenze, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009

    So I'm thinking of running a samba server to share files over my network. I don't have a Mac yet but I'm going to get a MacBook Pro in the near future so I wanted to make sure OS X was compatible with a samba server. In particular, I also want to make sure that it plays nicely with Time Machine. Anyone have any experience with this?

  2. macrumors 601

    Aug 15, 2005
    OS X has been able to utilize Samba for many years now.

    Time Machine supports Bonjour only from what I can gather from their Tech Specs page.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    Awesome, thats what I was hoping to hear.

    But I was talking about the Time Machine backup utility. One of the main reasons that I would be setting up a network file server (doesn't need to be samba necessarily) is so I have a place to backup all my computers easily. If I couldn't backup my laptop via whatever I use that would be a problem.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 15, 2005
    Get Bonjour on all the machines (included already on OS X), and you can backup to the Time Capsule.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    Sorry if I was unclear... I am not using a Time Capsule. I have a linux samba server set up that I am using to store files on and share them between computers on the LAN. I just wanted to make sure that Time Machine would properly with this.

    After farther searching I found that by default it will not, but running this will make it work:

    defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
    I have no way of trying it out, but has anyone tried this?
  6. macrumors 601

    Aug 15, 2005
    My apologies. I wasn't reading that correctly.

    I do not have first hand experience with this, but if you have a Linux server, why not export the volume over NFS? Isn't NFS a supported volume?

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