Mac OS X “Leopard”: Using NAS with Time Machine

Though, Tony already posted the magic command to make non-local volumes (connected through smb, nfs or afp) visible to Time Machine, I want to give a brief description on how I configured Time Machine on my MacBook Pro to use a Windows share.

1. First let’s make sure the volume isn’t already mounted:

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2. Now mount the Windows share in Finder (Command (Apple) – K):

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3. The Windows share will appear in the ‘Shared” section in Finder:

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4. To verify, open Terminal and check the mounts:

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5. Enter “defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1″ in the Terminal window to make unsupported network volumes visible to Time Machine:

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6. Now you can configure Time Machine (System Preferences -> System -> Time Machine):

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7. Done. Time Machine is now ready to backup your data…

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8. …unfortunately there is not enough space on the Windows share ;-)

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9. But at least you can see that Time Machine tried its best:

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BTW, with “defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 0” you can revert the setting.