Time Machine

Iomega have released updated firmware for it’s Home Media Network Hard Drive, bringing with it Time Machine support for Lion.

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Version 2.104 – Release date 04/11/12:

Iomega strongly recommends all customers download the update file and review the included ReadMe. This update will change some of the default behaviors on your device.

  • Fixes an issue with Remote Access and secure SSL certificates
  • Adds Time Machine support for the Mac OS X 10.7 operating system
  • Fix for netatalk 2.0
  • Minor bug fixes

This update is not data destructive and will upgrade your current version, however, ALWAYS back up your data before performing any firmware update.

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Apple has released what it is calling a Supplemental Update to Mac OS X 10.7.3 which is designed to resolve issues with Time Machine.

 

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This is what Apple say about the update:

This update resolves an issue when restoring a Mac from a Time Machine backup.

This update is recommended for users running 10.7.3 with Time Machine backups.

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NETGEAR launches new router with unique features for Macs, enhanced capabilities and performance for all users.

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Here is the press release:

The NETGEAR wireless extreme offers first true home networking solution for large number of households that use both Macs and PCs

London, UK – December 12, 2011 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced worldwide availability of the NETGEAR Wireless Extreme for Mac and PC (WNDRMAC).  The Wireless Extreme is the company’s first home router to offer Mac-specific capabilities – including native support for Apple’s Time Machine® back-up software and Bonjour® automated networking technology – in addition to the speed, range and premium features found in NETGEAR’s latest consumer routers.

A large number of NETGEAR’s consumer customer base use both Macs and PCs, in addition to iPhones, iPads and other devices, on their home networks.  The Wireless Extreme is designed from the ground up to offer a best-of-all-worlds solution. It includes the advanced features found in NETGEAR’s award-winning family of routers – parental controls, DLNA compatible media streaming, a broadband usage meter and simultaneous dual-band wireless performance. In addition, the Wireless Extreme also features NETGEAR’s Genie, which is a dashboard-style application that provides easy and complete router and network management, CD-less installation and support for Mac-specific technology, such as Time Machine and Bonjour.

A key benefit of the Wireless Extreme is that it can be installed and set-up without a CD via a simple and intuitive interface from Android Smartphones, iPhones, iPads or any PC or MAC computer.  For Mac users, NETGEAR’s ReadySHARE® technology enables the Wireless Extreme to double as a fully functional Time Machine backup device with an attached USB external hard drive. The new router also supports Apple’s Bonjour automated networking technology, which allows Macs, PCs and other Bonjour compatible devices to find each other on a home network and share USB printers.

 

The Wireless Extreme also features Dual-band wireless N networking (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and an advanced 680 Mhz processor to support state-of-the-art HD media streaming, multiplayer online gaming and simultaneous downloads. The router is DLNA certified for streaming media to DLNA-compatible high-definition televisions, Blu-ray™ players and game consoles.

Other advanced features of the Wireless Extreme include:

  • ReadySHARE® Printer. The Wireless Extreme makes it easy to turn any existing USB printer into a fully functional networked printer that is fully compatible with Macs, PCs and a growing number of mobile platforms.
  • NETGEAR Genie. This free utility for PCs and Macs allows home users to control, monitor, repair and manage their home networks easily through a simple and elegant dashboard.  NETGEAR customers can download the utility at http://www.netgear.com/genie).  The Mac version is available as a public beta.
  • Guest network access. The Wireless Extreme’s browser interface and the NETGEAR Genie utility make setting up a guest network simple and easy.  Visitors can go online freely without the need for your secure login information.  The guest network also prevents users from seeing and accessing your computers, printers, storage drives and other home-network devices.
  • DLNA. A USB hard drive plugged into the router becomes a powerful DLNA media server for sharing any entertainment content stored on the drive – including video, music and photos – to DLNA-certified, Internet-ready consumer electronic devices, including televisions, Blu-ray™ players and game consoles.
  • Advanced Quality of Service. By prioritizing video streams over other home network traffic, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) provides the best possible viewing experience for online video.
  • Gigabit wired Ethernet. The Wireless Extreme comes with four high-speed gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast wired connections.
  • Leading Security. The router supports WPA and WPA2 protocols for WiFi, has double firewall (SPI and NAT) protection against Internet threats, and provides Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention.
  • Broadband usage meter. This tool enables users to monitor their Internet data consumption and can send customized alerts when usage is close to monthly bandwidth limits, avoiding costly overage fees for those with metered service plans.
  • NETGEAR Live Parental Controls.  This centralized, flexible and reliable parental control solution for all the devices on the network, including Macs, Windows PCs, smartphones and tablets, provides a safe online environment for children and teenagers –no subscription required.
  • Automatic WiFi security.  The Wireless Extreme comes with wireless security turned on out-of-the-box with a pre-configured network name and password so home WiFi networks are protected by default.

“Consumers live in a multiplatform world of Macs, PCs, iPads, iPhones, smartphones, and tablets.  NETGEAR’s new Wireless Extreme combines the best of all of these worlds in a single, powerful networking product that also adds Mac-specific features previously available only in Apple’s networking products,” said Som Pal Choudhury, NETGEAR director of product marketing.  “For the first time, Mac users can purchase a high performance router with NETGEAR’s advanced technology features, while PC users can deploy a home network that makes it easy to integrate Macs and enjoy all of their unique network capabilities.”

Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR Wireless Extreme for Mac and PC (WNDRMAC) is available now in the United States from $129.99, and worldwide from major retailers in stores and online.

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Drobo have released their PC Backup software for their Drobo product line. Is this a replacement for Windows Home Server?

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Here is how Drobo describe the PC Backup component:

All Drobos are excellent destinations for backup data. Not only are Drobos remarkably easy to use, but you can instantly and infinitely grow storage capacity, ensuring that you always have enough space to back up important data.

Backing up your PC to your Drobo is as easy as using Drobo. Now bundled with Drobo, Drobo S, Drobo FS, and Drobo B800fs.

Making Backup Easy

If you have just one computer that you need to back up, you can connect your Drobo or Drobo S directly to the computer using a USB, FireWire, or eSATA cable. Drobo PC Backup ensures that all of your valuable data is automatically backed up to your Drobo.

If you have a Drobo FS or a Drobo B800fs connected to your network, you can back up your computer to an available network share. A networked Drobo allows you to back up multiple computers to their own shares.

Fully Automated to Ensure You’re Always Protected

Drobo PC Backup automatically detects and backs up incremental file changes. A real plus for people on the move, the Plug & Protect feature detects when you connect your PC to your Drobo and automatically backs up all changes that occurred since the last connection.

Drobo PC Backup lets you automatically keep a secondary backup to protect against theft, fire, flood, or other natural disaster. You can easily choose to back up to one Drobo and simultaneously back up to a second Drobo or other external drive.
What About Backing Up my Mac?

Time Machine is the easiest backup solution for the Mac—it’s built in o the operating system. Direct-attached and file sharing Drobos support Time Machine.

Features

Go Back in Time

Drobo PC Backup enables you to travel back in time to find and recover changes made to your documents, photos, and other files. Imagine having a time machine for Windows that allows you to view the state of all your files at any point in time!

Partial File Incremental Backups

Drobo PC Backup backs up only the actual changes you make to a file – without backing up the entire file again every time you make a change, saving space on your Drobo so you can back up more.

Automatic Double Protection

Automatically make a secondary backup to protect against theft, fire, or loss of your backup drive. You can back up to one Drobo and then copy that data to another Drobo so you can take your backups offsite.

Continuous Data Protection

Highly tuned file-change-detection technology makes sure that you are protected at all times. When you edit a file, Drobo PC Backup automatically backs it up.

Back Up Open Files or Files in Use

Drobo PC Backup integrates with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology. This allows files that are currently open or in use, such as Outlook PST files, to be backed up automatically.

Back Up to Your Direct-Attached or Networked Drobo

Drobo PC Backup can back up the data on your computer to a direct-attached Drobo or Drobo S or a networked Drobo FS or Drobo B800fs.

Plug & Protect – A Bonus for People on the Move

The Plug & Protect feature detects when you connect the external drive to your computer and automatically backs up your files to an external drive without any action from you.

Supports Windows 7, Vista & XP

Backup works with Windows 7 and Vista (32 and 64 bit) and Windows XP (32 bit).

Product Specs

Licenses Bundled with Drobos
Customers who purchased a Drobo, Drobo S, Drobo FS, or Drobo B800fs after July 6, 2011, are entitled to free licenses as follows:

  • Drobo comes with1 license
  • Drobo S comes with 1 license
  • Drobo FS comes with 3 licenses
  • Drobo B800fs comes with 10 licenses

Note: Additional Drobo PC Backup licenses can be purchased at DroboStore.com.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit (All Editions)
  • Windows Vista, 32 and 64 bit (All Editions)
  • Windows XP SP3, 32 bit

Minimum System Requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • Intel or AMD processor 1 GHz or faster
  • 128 MB free hard disk space

So what do you think?

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Today Western Digital launched a new drive, the My Book Studio for the Mac, which comes with 3TB storage and is great for Time Machine.

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Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its newest generation of the popular My Book® Studio™ external hard drives are designed for use with Mac® computers and Apple Time Machine. Now available with a 3 TB storage capacity, the new design features a brushed aluminium casing to match the appearance of a Mac computer, and also serves to keep the drive cool while in use. The aluminium exterior, combined with its WD® Caviar® Green™ drives, eliminates the need for an internal fan to reduce drive noise and extend the life of the drive. Although formatted for Mac computers, the My Book Studio external hard drives can also be reformatted for PCs.

The My Book Studio external hard drive includes all the features and benefits that have made it one of the favourites among creative professionals and Mac computer enthusiasts, including its fast and flexible Firewire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, user-controlled automatic backup software and drive management, password protection and hardware encryption. Shipping in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB, the My Book Studio drive includes the WD Caviar Green series of internal hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology™.

WD has updated the design of its My Book Studio drive while providing natural cooling features delivered by the new aluminium enclosure,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “The drive will maintain all the features that are important to the creative community, including high speed Firewire 800 and adding large capacities up to 3 TB.”

Pricing and Availability

WD’s My Book Studio is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.co.uk and at select retailers and distributors. The approximate MSRP’s for My Book Studio with 1 TB is £120.00; My Book Studio with 2 TB is £153.00 and My Book Studio with 3 TB is £205.00.

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One of the promises of Windows Home Server 2011 was the ability to backup your Mac to WHS 2011. Unfortunately that functionality wasn’t provided out of the box. There were hacks and workarounds to get it running, but Orbital Technologies have produced an add-in to get it to work.

Orbital have worked very closely with Microsoft to produce this add-in, and we have been using a beta all week and we can now share with you a preview.

Who Are Orbital Technologies?

From their website:

Orbital provides expert software development services to many of the world’s top software companies. We are a software outsourcing partner of choice for development on Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms.

Leveraging our expert development team, we design and develop a wide range of commercial-grade software products for many of the world’s foremost software companies, such as Adobe, Microsoft and others.

We specialize in developing innovative software for other software and technology companies, working as an outsourced extension of our clients’ in-house development teams. We have a vast technical skillset and extensive experience developing custom software solutions across a range of platforms and technologies, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux, .Net, J2EE, J2SE, J2ME, Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, Windows Phone, Palm webOS, Symbian OS and other mobile embedded systems.

We provide solutions to extremely complex software problems that others cannot solve. We connect with our clients by understanding their needs and supporting them during the entire lifespan of a product. We believe that anything is possible and work with our clients to help them achieve their software objectives.

Installing the Add-in

Installing this add-in is no different to installing any other add-in with Windows Home Server 2011. You just start the install and follow the steps.

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If you already have the WHS 2011 Mac Connector installed on your Mac, then you will see a message telling you that an update is available, just click the button to update. If you haven’t yet installed the connector, now is the time to do so.

Sean Daniels has posted an article on his own personal blog showing how you can enable TimeMachine backups for you Mac on either SBS 2011 Essentials or WHS 2011. But shouldn’t this be out of the box functionality?

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Back in WHS V1 days (that sounds very strange!) if you had an HP MediaSmart Server you could backup your Apple Mac computers using TimeMachine on the Mac. I even wrote a walk-through guide on how to do it. Now along comes Windows Home Server 2011 and it includes Mac support, however anyone actually wanting to backup their Mac to WHS 2011 (or SBS 2011 Essentials) would have noticed that they can’t.

Well Sean has posted a work-around on his site showing you how to do it – and it’s not that hard. Thanks Sean!

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However, shouldn’t this functionality be included “out of the box” if it really does have Mac support? In fact, the Mac Connector even claims that you can backup your Mac to your Windows Home Server – so come on Microsoft, what’s going on!

Seagate have recently released a firmware upgrade for its BlackArmor NAS devices that brings with it additional support for Apple Macs and iTunes.

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Here is what Seagate say about the update:

Time Machine Support

The BlackArmor NAS product line is now compatible with Time Machine backup software for Mac® computers.  Small businesses are increasingly becoming mixed environments, where both Windows and Mac based computer systems work side by side.  The BlackArmor NAS products already include business-grade BlackArmor backup software (powered by Acronis) that performs robust full system backup and restores for multiple Windows and Mac computers.  With the newest BlackArmor NAS firmware, Mac users now have the option to use either the BlackArmor backup software or Time Machine software – which is a standard software feature on most Mac computers.  BlackArmor NAS products are now automatically recognized by Time Machine and can be designated as the target storage for Time Machine backups.  Click here for instructions on how to use Time Machine backup software with your BlackArmor NAS product.

iTunes® Server Support

The new BlackArmor NAS line is also fully compatible with the latest iTunes server (10.x), providing music enthusiasts with market leading iTunes server support.  Keeping current with the latest iTunes release is an important feature for NAS users who actively manage large media collections.  It is important for NAS products to not help you continuously protect your digital content, but allow you to continuously enjoy it as well.

BlackArmor NAS customers can download this free firmware by clicking here.

Look out for the UWHS review soon.

Dave over at the Home Server Show has just published podcast 89, even though he is on vacation.

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Here is what Dave has to say about this weeks show:

The Home Server Show 89 – Time Traveler with DieHard and ITTOG.

Time Traveler, Media Center, DVR recording, and more with John Zajdler,(DieHard) cohost of the homeservershow and Lance Canaday known as “I’m the type of guy” in our homeservershow forums.

This is more of a conversational type show and not real formal and I think you will like it because of that.  I think this one has potential to generate some conversation in the forums.

Give it a listen and hit the forums and let me know what you think.

As usual you can listen to the show here: http://homeservershow.com/the-home-server-show-89.html

And Tim, don’t worry, I’m guessing the drinking game can take a much deserved week off as well as Dave!

As previously announced, owners of the EX470/475 MediaSmart Servers can now download two new applications for their Servers. The online backup application allows customers to designate specific shared folders on their Server for secure upload to the Amazon S3 service. Doing so provides an additional layer of data protection for the most important photos, documents and other files on your Windows Home Server.

In addition, customers in mixed PC/Mac households can download an application allowing their EX470/475 MediaSmart Servers to backup their Macs running Time Machine.

The most reliable way to get one or both of these updates for EX470/475 owners is as follows:

1) Go to http://www.hp.com <http://www.hp.com>

2) On the hp.com home page go to the bottom right hand corner where it says “Software & Driver Downloads” and click the link

3) In the text box enter in either EX470 or EX475 and then press the “Enter” key on the keyboard

4) Choose “Server 2003” to locate both packages -customers have the option to download one or both applications

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5) Installation instructions are available for both applications by clicking the “view directions” link

Please note that both of these applications are already included on the current generation MediaSmart Server products (LX195, EX485, EX487) and do not need to be downloaded.

To Install the Mac Backup Client Software

Note: 1.3 revision 1 must be installed on your HP MediaSmart Server. You can verify the version from a a Windows computer by double-clicking the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and logging on. Click Settings in the upper right corner of the Console. Click HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu of the Settings dialog. Select the Support tab and verify the Software Version is 1.3.8.25155.

Note: You must have administrative privileges on your Mac computer to install the software. Click System Preferences, Accounts, and check Allow user to administer this computer.

1. Create a Mac share on the server. On a Windows computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on. Click Shared Folders and add a share called “Mac”.
2. Download the MacBackupClient.exe package and place it on your Windows desktop.

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3. Double-click the MacBackupClient.exe. The HP MSS Client.dmg file is extracted to the same location as the downloaded executable file.
4. Copy the HP MSS Client.dmg to your Mac.

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5. Double-click HP MSS Client.dmg.

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6. Double-click the Install HP MediaSmart Server Software.pkg and follow the instructions on your screen.

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7. The Settings dialog opens after the installation is complete. Type the server name and the server’s administrator password so that the Mac software can access your Server.

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8. Once your credentials have been authenticated, click Apply to save the server name and password.
9. Click BackUp to set your backup preferences or click Show All to go to the Control Center.

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10. You will need to manually create a Mac shared folder on your Windows Home Server, from the WHS Console.

For more information on backing up your Mac with Time Machine, click here.

To Install the HP Online Backup Add-in

1. Download the HPOnlineBackupAddin.exe and place it on your desktop.

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2. Double-click the HPOnlineBackupAddin.exe. The HP MediaSmart Server Online Backup.msi file is extracted to the same location as the downloaded executable file.
3. Save the HP MediaSmart Server Online Backup.msi add-in to the \\Server\Software\Add-Ins folder on your home server.
4. Double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
5. Click Settings in the upper right corner of the Console.
6. Click Add-ins in the left menu of the Settings dialog.
7. Click the Available tab.
8. Click Install to install the HP MediaSmart Server Online Backup add-in.

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9. Click OK on the Installation succeeded dialog box to restart the console.

You will see a new tab called HP Online Backup.

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Now that the new HP MediaSmart Servers are shipping, I thought I would post something on how to configure your Apple Mac to use Time Machine to back up to your Windows Home Server.

Time Machine is an application that comes preinstalled on a Mac that allows you to backup everything on your computer – a bit like WHS. This includes documents, photos, applications, and more. Time Machine takes hourly backups of your computer and will keep those backups for 24 hours, daily backups for a month and weekly backups until your backup disk becomes full up.

This is essentially a walk-through from installing the software on the Mac, to performing your first backup.

There are a few important things to note however before continuing on.

1 – the Apple Mac needs to be running Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

2 – you need an HP MediaSmart EX485 or EX487, the for previous versions will not work until HP release the software update and there is currently no dates for this.

3 – Backing up a Mac doesn’t work in quite the same way as a Windows client, which I will come onto in a moment, and there is no way to do a complete system restore onto a Mac from WHS, again which I will cover in a moment.

4 – it is assumed that you have already set up your Windows Home Server and configured it just as you would have previously.

Ok, so here goes….

The first thing you need to do, is check that you have Administrator rights on the Mac. To do this, click System Preferences, Accounts and ensure that the Allow user to administer this computer is checked.

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Once this is done just pop the Software Installation Disc that came with the MediaSmart into your Mac. Double click on the Install HP MediaSmart Server Software.pkg icon.

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Click Continue on the Welcome Screen, then read the EULA and click Continue again, then assuming that you agree with the EULA (you have to otherwise you cannot continue) click Agree.

You now have the option to change the install location should you really want to. When you have changed it, should you want to, click Install.

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You will need to enter your Mac account password and then click OK.

The installation will now commence and should only take a moment or two. When it has completed you will see the Installation completed successfully screen – just click Close to finish.

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This will bring up the Preferences windows. Enter the name of your WHS and also the Server password.

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If it connects successfully you will see the word Authenticated appear above the Apply button. If it fails you will see Validation Error. Just enter the details again. If it still fails, and you are sure that the details are correct, just check that the WHS is online and that your Mac is connected to the network.

The next step is to configure the amount of space that will be used to backup your Mac.

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Enter the amount of backup disk space you want to use in GB and click the Apply button. This will then prepare your WHS. Depending on the size you selected this might take a few moments.

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You will the be asked if you want to use “Backup to HP MediaSmart Server” to back up using Time Machine. Click Use as Backup Disk to continue.

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And that is is – Time Machine will now be used to backup your Mac to your WHS.

There is nothing else you need to do, the first backup will start within an hour. When your Mac is backing up, you will be able to see the progress.

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Just as you had with backing up your Windows clients, the first time you backup your Mac it could take a long time, so be patient.

If you want to see information about your backups, for example, when the last backup took place, or when the next backup is due, just open Time Machine.

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Time Machine will just continue to run in the background for you.

When you want to restore from Time Machine, you get a cool looking view which allows you to switch between backups and select the files you want to restore.

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As I mentioned earlier, you cannot restore the entire computer in the same way as you can with Windows clients and WHS. If you want or need to restore your Mac, you must first install the Mac OS, then the HP MediaSmart Server Client software, select the disk called Backup to the HP MediaSmart Server in the Preference window and then run Time Machine, selecting the backup you want to restore.

It is important to note as well that the backups are stored on your WHS in a shared folder called Mac, your Mac doesn’t show up on the Computers and Backups tab. It is also important to note that by default, the Mac shared folder has duplication turned off, so if your backups are important to you, you should consider switching on folder duplication for the folder.

If you open the folder, you will see a file the size that you created earlier.

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And that is pretty much
it. It is simple to install, configure and use to make sure that your Mac clients are backed up, and the restore process is straightforward as well. It is a shame that it doesn’t work in quite the same way for the Mac as it does for Windows, but at least you have everything you need to get your Mac back up and running in the event of a major problem.

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