How to set up Time Machine server

“It used to be that to run a Time Machine server, you needed to be running a copy of macOS Server on your host machine, but those days are now gone,” Stephen Hackett writes for 512 Pixels. “Anyone running High Sierra or later on a Mac can now turn that Mac into a destination for remote machines to use for Time Machine.”

“Say you have a Mac mini on your network, and a MacBook Pro,” Hackett writes. “You can hook up an USB hard drive to that Mac mini, and within a few minutes, be backing your MacBook Pro up across your network using Time Machine.”

Hacket writes, “Here’s how to do it…”

Simple instructions in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Mac’s unparalleled ease of use shine through yet again.


  1. “If you wish to cap the size that the backups can take, you can do so here as well“

    Is that the cap for each backup, or the cap for all backups together???

    I REALLY love in-depth articles …

  2. I’m confused… I’ve been using an external USB drive on my desktop to back up other Macs in the house for at least the last seven or eight years. I just shared out the drive and had the other computers connect to it. I did a restore from it last month so I know they’re viable backups.

  3. Good to know that High Sierra can be used as a Time Machine server. A decent solution after killing the stand alone Time Machine hardware.
    And no “theyarealreadyamoungus”, it won’t be discontinued, far too many people (including me) use and depend on it. It works great!

  4. Time machine, when working properly, is a gem, however, it suffers from the biggest bug, and that is automatic deletion of old backups. It just doesn’t work consistently. I’ve tried and tried and basically have to wipe the backup disc to reclaim space and start all over. I stopped using it aehile back in favor of CCC. If you use it as your primary backup, think again.

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