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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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  1. Use the information above to create the sparse file. Open a Terminal (Open Finder and search for Terminal) and enter in the following command:
    ‘hdiutil create -size 200g -fs HFS+J -volname “OSXBackup” Apple_00608 291F13.sparsebundle’
    Notes: The 200g is the amount of space that Time Machine will use on the server. “Apple” is the name of your Apple computer that you found in step 3a above, and the 00608… number is the MAC address you found in step 3b.
  2. Now copy this file to the AppleTM share on your Home Server l. Click on Shared Folders on the Launchpad (on your Apple machine where you just ran the command above).
    a. Select he volume you want to mount. Choose the AppleTM share that was created in step 1d above.
    b. Now simply drag and drop the sparse file that you created above to the Home Server share (AppleTM). Even though the name says sparse, the file is over 300MB, so it may take a few minutes to copy.
  3. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’re almost there. The last step is to configure Time Machine.
    a. Open up the Launchpad on the Apple that you want to backup. Click Backup.
    b. Time Machine should open. Click Set Up Time Machine.
    c. Slide the Time Machine switch to "on."
    d. You should see your "AppleTM" share listed, as shown in the above screenshot. If not, click on "Shared Folders" in the Launchpad to connect to the share. The share AppleTM should immediately become available for use in Time Machine.

That’s it! You can now back up your Apple computer to Windows Home Server.

As I wrote this article, I wondered why this process is so difficult. While IT professionals and Home Server enthusiast might eagerly jump at the chance to try this out, this is clearly well above the average user’s skills. My hope is that Microsoft will automate this process so that this feature is available to everyone.

Until next month, have fun with your Home Server!

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