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Windows Home Server-All About the Apple, Part B

Sep 6, 2011 12:58 PM, by Eric B. Rux

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Last month I told you about the Windows Home Server Launchpad for the Apple. Now let’s dive into this little app a little more.

The first button on the Launchpad is Backup. When I first saw this button, I started to get a little excited – there has been talk about better Apple backup support – and here it is (or, so I thought) right here in front of me. I clicked on the button, and was surprised to see the Apple Time Machine wizard appear. No matter how much I fiddled with it, I could not find a way to link up Time Machine and WHS.

Unfortunately, I could not find an official step-by-step from Microsoft. I did, however, find the solution on the Windows Home Server forums. Michael Leworthy (a Microsoft employee) and Ken Warren (fellow MVP) discuss the steps that need to be followed in order to mate Windows Home Server and Time Machine. I have expanded on their explanation and created a step-by-step procedure:

  1. Create a share on your Windows Home Server.
    a. Open the Dashboard (not Launchpad) on a Windows-based machine.
    b. Click on Server Folders and Hard Drives.
    c. Click on Add a Folder.
    d. Enter in a name for the folder (I called mine AppleTM).
    e. Enter in an appropriate description (Apple Time Machine Backups).
    f. Click on Specific people and add in the account that will be performing the backup (I added myself, Eric B. Rux).
  2. Configure Time Machine to backup to non-Apple storage (perform this on each Apple that you will backup).
    a. Open Finder and search for Terminal
    b. Open Terminal
    c. Paste the following command (all one line) into the terminal window and press return.
    defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes
  3. Create a sparse file on your Apple and then copy this file up to the AppleTM share that you created above. You will need two important pieces of information to create the sparse file:
    a. Name of your Apple computer: _______________
       i. This can be found on your Apple by going to: Apple menu > System Preferences and clicking Sharing. The computer will be listed at the top of the window.
    a. MAC (Media Access Control, not “Mac” as in Apple”) address: _______________
       i. This can be found on your Apple by going to: Apple menu > About This Mac > More Info. Look under the Network section for: "Ethernet – MAC Address: 00:26:08…" (your address will be unique)

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