Time Machine Wireless Backup?

Time Machine Wireless Backup?

Time Machine can back up to another volume on your network, just not a USB hard drive connected to your AirPort Extreme router.

 

As of press time, Time Machine does not support AirPort Extreme’s AirPort Disk feature, so you can’t currently use Time Machine to back up wirelessly to a USB hard drive plugged into an AirPort Extreme. Instead, Apple would like you to purchase Time Capsule ($299 for 500GB, $499 for 1TB), which is an AirPort Extreme with an integrated hard drive inside of it specifically designed for wireless Time Machine backups.

 

However, you can use Time Machine to backup your files—wirelessly or over Ethernet—to another Mac running Leopard that has Personal File Sharing turned on (System Preferences > Sharing), to a volume attached to that Mac, to a Leopard Server volume, or to an Xsan storage device. Just be sure that any volume you want as a Time Machine backup volume is formatted as Mac OS Extended with Access Control Lists enabled.

 

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Play games

Great. So first they tell us that AEBS will work with Time Machine, then two weeks before Leopard is released they remove that feature.
Now, they enable that feature, but only if you pay a premium for a new AEBS with a 'server grade hard drive' from Apple.
What's the bet they decided on Time Capsule before they released Time Machine, and didn't want to cannibalise sales?

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Adam Cohen-Rose

I've explained the steps you need to get Time Machine working wirelessly without Time Capsule on my blog.

It works fine, but there are some hoops to jump through and a caveat to watch out for.

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Anonymous

Is it known whether attaching an external drive to the AEBS via ethernet port solves the problem of the missing feature when attached via USB port?

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igor

Leopard with Time Machine is a BMW. Disable Time Machine and Leopard becomes a Ferrari. Smokin'.

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imagine engine

Apple advertised Leopard at time of release that Time Machine could work with NAS connected to the AEBS over WIFI. Though shortly after releasing Leopard Apple pulled this information from their website and advertising stating it's a bug that they are working on. Well it's now 2008 and the 10.5.2 Leopard update didn't resolve the bug. There still hasn't been an update past 7.2.1 on the AEBS either so it looks like Apple wants us to toss our AEBS and NAS to buy their Time Capsule solution. Makes me wonder if this is legal what they are doing and may cause consumers to sue because of it.

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RB

If you're going to make such comments, at least get your facts right.

"Apple advertised Leopard at time of release that Time Machine could work with NAS connected to the AEBS over WIFI..."

No they didn't. It was in the pre-release information - with a disclaimer at the bottom of the page saying words to the effect of "Features may change before release."

"Though shortly after releasing Leopard Apple pulled this information from their website and advertising stating it's a bug that they are working on."

As I said, the info went *before* Leopard was released. And they didn't "advertise" it was a bug, that information sort of leaked out.

"Makes me wonder if this is legal what they are doing and may cause consumers to sue because of it."

Everyone's a lawyer. Even people without a clue.

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imagine engine

The point is that Apple advertised that Time Machine would work over WIFi but then pulled this feature at the last minute when releasing Leopard. This didn't avoid consumers being upset after purchasing a NAS and the AEBS with the understanding the feature as advertised on Apple's own website was going to work. When they pulled this last minute not giving customers time to return their purchases for a refund they should of done something about it. Instead their support said it was due to stability issues and a bug report was filed. Now they seem to have forgotten about those early buyer customers and are pushing Time Capsule as the solution. Reference: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/10/26/apple_yanks_wireless_backup_from_leopard_last_minute.html

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Anonymous

iTimeMachine is a simple program that will allow you to back up to an airport extreme attached disk. Just make sure the disk you want to use is mounted before you run iTimeMachine.

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