Using FreeNAS AFP as Time Machine Server backup destination

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  1. Vinxi, Apr 16, 2015
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    Vinxi macrumors newbie

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    Hi everybody,

    I need your help and I'm sorry for my english.

    I have a Mac Mini as a Time Machine/File sharing server and a relatively old PC with 3 HDDs inside.

    Before buying an external enclosure for those HDDs I was trying to understand if I can reuse the "old" PC to serve its drives to the Mac Mini.

    I was thinking about a FreeNAS + iSCSI since I could use the HDDs as "local drives" and format them as HFS+, but its support on Mac Os X isn't free. So I thought about sharing folders through FreeNAS + AFP but I don't know if they can be a reliable destination for the Time Machine Server.

    What do you think?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://netatalk.sourceforge.net

    I have not done it myself, but I have read forum posts here from others using Netatalk AFP under Linux to successfully do networked Time Machine backups.
     
  3. Vinxi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Weaselboy,

    thanks for your answer. I know about Netatalk but I already use the Mac Mini as a (official) Time Machine Server and I'd like to keep it that official way. :D

    I would use the "old" PC only to share its HDDs with the Mac Mini expanding its storage, it's like a NAS vs DAS :D
     
  4. Mago macrumors 68000

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    1st iScsi is the right way.
    2 AFP don't enable timecapsule (that's why netatalk exist).
    3. If you really want your time machine available and reliable, get an Thunderbolt enclosure for your disks, sure is cheaper (enclosure + raid 5 software) than iScsi + Nas
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I'd skip the RAID5 software, but a 4 bay TB enclosure for your drives is the better approach.
     
  6. Vinxi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys.

    Do you know how I can transform my case/motherboard/CPU/PSU in a DAS? I'd like to reuse it before buying an external enclosure.

    Thanks!
     

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