Anyone successfully using Time Machine with WHS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I recently bought a MacBook Pro to replace my Dell XP laptop when I left my employer. I've been reading on the web that some people are successfully backing up to SMB NAS, so I decided to give it a try with my WHS box. Here's what I did:

    1. Created a new folder, TimeMachine,  on WHS, with duplication turned off.
    2. Connected to the new share from my Mac, using my WHS user name.
    3. Created a sparsebundle on my MBP named the way TimeMachine expects (<MachineName>_<macAddress>.sparsebundle), and copied it to the TimeMachine share.
    4. Pointed TimeMachine to the WHS share and let it rip.

    All seemed well for about a week, and then I started to get an error that TimeMachine could not mount the backup disk. I tried to verify & repair it with Disk Utility, but that failed. I was getting an error from Disk Utility that a key was out of order in the sparsebundle. So I deleted the contents of the share on WHS and started over. I also disabled VSS on WHS -- I had enabled that earlier in the year via the registry since my HP MSS EX475 had it disabled. I wouldn't think that would make a difference, but who knows? 

    My full backup is in progress now, but are there any other settings/tweaks I am missing? If this is going to be unreliable, I'll just have to buy an external drive for the MBP, but I really like the idea of wireless backups so I'm not tethered to the external drive.

    Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:26 PM


  • Please have a look overhere. Also read the reader comments.

    If you're having problems with wHS shares (created in the WHS console) you could also manually create a new share outside the WHS shares on one of your WHS disks with sufficient space. You will have to logon to homeserver desktop (or use remote desktop) to do this.  Please note this is unsupported and if you make any errors risk messing up your WHS install.
    Saturday, December 6, 2008 7:08 AM