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i recently installed some massive hard drives in my server box.  given all that space, i thought it’d be perfect to have the mac’s in my house all backup via time machine to those drives.  here’s how i got things working.

  1. enable sharing on the macs by opening the terminal and entering the command:
    • > defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
  2. create a “sparsebundle” on the mac, again by using the terminal:
    • > sudo hdiutil create -size [size in GB]g -type SPARSEBUNDLE -nospotlight -volname “Time Machine” -fs HFS+J -verbose ~/Desktop/[Your\ Computer\ Name]_[YourMACAddress].sparsebundle
  3. move that sparsebundle to your network share.  assuming that share is mounted, time machine’s preference pane should be able to see your network share as a permissible backup location.

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