Time Machine through the internet?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by sultanoflondon, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. sultanoflondon macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2013
    Hi all,

    I was wondering whether it is possible to configure Time Machine on a MacBook (running macOS Sierra) to back up to an external HDD connected to my iMac at home, using its internet connection. Obviously, the external HDD would not be on the same Wi-Fi network, nor would the iMac.

    I was initially thinking about a computer-to-computer network, but that would disable the connection that Safari uses to browse the web and I would need to have this configured to be working in the background.

    I cannot think of a way to do this: if anyone could shed some light on a possible path to take, that would be great!

    Thank you!
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    It's wouldn't be a Time Machine configuration. You'd need to set up a VPN server on the iMac. Then, you can presumably do what is described in this blog.
  3. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Talking about huge amounts of data to go over internet - backups could take hours if not days
  4. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    When you are not connected to your Time Machine drive, Time Machine makes "Local Snapshots" hourly as long as there is space. When you attach the drive, it will dump the contents to the Time Machine drive.


    You can also use DropBox, OneDrive, etc to save files. Be sure to use IMAP for email and not POP.
  5. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002

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