os x time machine vs os x server time machine

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by .mark., Apr 25, 2008.

  1. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    Is there any difference between how time machine works on os x and os x server? I'm talking about backing up clients on a network.

    if I have a mac mini as a home server, will os x server provide a better/easier/more robust time machine than the standard os for backing up multiple macs?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Time Machine isn't a server-side backup strategy, it's intended for client use only, so OS X server isn't going to help you much there. OS X server simply allows you to set user quotas assuming that you're backing up to a disk attached to the server. It doesn't, however, do remote backups as such.
     
  3. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    With server you can set backup rules/limits and allow all the clients to backup to HD connected to the server.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're better off spending the money that you would on OS X Server on a Time Capsule.

    OS X Server is more then just Time Machine.
     
  5. .mark. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    with the standard version of the OS, can I have a mac connected to an ext HD and then allow other macs on the network to backup to it via TM?
     
  6. Mal macrumors 603

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    Yes, but it takes some setup and isn't as seamless as hooking up directly. It's not really intended for that and won't be supported by Apple.

    EDIT: Oh, and tersono, I had to comment here too:

    Leopard Server includes a feature call Time Machine Server, which does allow for backing up both the server and other Macs on the network to a server or RAID disk, and allows managing those as well. It is intended for that, it's just probably a little more advanced than the average user could/would get into.

    jW
     

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