How to set up your own Time Machine server

“Time Machine is a generally quick and convenient way to back up your data and has come a long way in terms of reliability since its inception in 2007,” Jay Vrijenhoek writes for Intego. “You simply connect an external drive to your Mac and you will be up and running with Time Machine in a matter of minutes.”

“If you prefer a more centralized approach, you can use one of Apple’s Time Capsules and your backups will run so long as you’re on the same network as your Time Capsule,” Vrijenhoek writes. “But what if a Time Capsule isn’t big enough? What if you don’t want to spend $300 or $400 on a backup solution you can’t expand over time?”

Vrijenhoek writes, “Well, if you have a spare Mac around, you can set up your own Time Machine server for just $19.99 plus the cost of whatever size hard drive you want to use.”

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  1. Except macOS Server is dead. And he recommends the use of still quite powerful and energy hungry hardware. So it’s a silly tip. You’re better off selling that Mac and buying a Synology for that money.

    1. chrish1961 can you explain how HighSierra is used to do Time Machine backups without an Apple base station (Time Capsule, Airport Extreme etc)? Since Apple is no longer updating them, I want to switch to mesh base stations like Eero and fear losing automatic Time Machine backups

      1. Why not continue to use the Time Capsule with your new Eero network? Plug in a. Ethernet patch cable to one of the LAN ports on your TC and plug the other into a LAN port on your primary Eero. In the Airport Utility, under the Wireless tab set the Network Mode to “Off” and turn off NAT & DHCP (Off – Bridge Mode) under the Network tab.

  2. Well NAS aren’t a silver bullet. I lost everything because Synalogy has a bug in their timemachine software when you encrypt the archive. I have ran OSX server for years and never had any problem.

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