Remote Time Machine Backups?

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macrumors 6502
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I have always wondered if doing remote backups is possible using OS X's Time Machine software and one's own server - say a Mac mini in an off-site location.

I found this link, which gives some helpful clues but not the whole answer.
http://code.stephenmorley.org/articles/time-machine-on-a-network-drive/
It describes the process on a network drive, but I believe the setup will be different for a local network vs a server that needs to be connected to via the internet.

The idea is to be able to back up at least 1TB of data - only the items that have been added/modified - to protect against losing years of work in the event of a fire, burglary, etc.
 

r0k

macrumors 68040
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I have always wondered if doing remote backups is possible using OS X's Time Machine software and one's own server - say a Mac mini in an off-site location.

I found this link, which gives some helpful clues but not the whole answer.
http://code.stephenmorley.org/articles/time-machine-on-a-network-drive/
It describes the process on a network drive, but I believe the setup will be different for a local network vs a server that needs to be connected to via the internet.

The idea is to be able to back up at least 1TB of data - only the items that have been added/modified - to protect against losing years of work in the event of a fire, burglary, etc.
You can use Crashplan to do this for free to a friend's machine or another machine you control across town. Or you can pay a subscription to use Crashplan's servers.
 
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Let's Sekuhara!

macrumors 6502
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Jun 30, 2008
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You can use Crashplan to do this for free to a friend's machine or another machine you control across town. Or you can pay a subscription to use Crashplan's servers.
Thank you! I looked at their site and the product has some great features. Very reasonable pricing too. Now just gotta get a Mac mini - or convince a friend to barter and each be a backup for the other.
 
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r0k

macrumors 68040
Mar 3, 2008
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Thank you! I looked at their site and the product has some great features. Very reasonable pricing too. Now just gotta get a Mac mini - or convince a friend to barter and each be a backup for the other.
My wife's mini is in a wifi dead spot in our house. For this reason, her Time Machine backup was corrupted. When her hard drive got inadvertently wiped during migration to Lion, I had to restore her files from Crashplan because her Time Machine backup was no good. Crashplan is much more tolerant of a mediocre connection than Time Machine.

I found the family version of Crashplan to be a good value. I don't have friends willing for me to use hundreds of gigabytes of their storage or their internet bandwidth just to back up my stuff.
 
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