On Leopard Server, you may turn on Time Machine services and then assign what gets backed up on each client Mac. And yes, you can have it back up the entire client machine, if you so choose. Of course, you'd need a TON of drive space to back up a large network.<br><br>I was doing a Leopard Server install today at an office with 18 Macs. Their "IT specialist" became very excited seeing the Time Machine services. HA! Some IT guy! After reminding him the plan was to set up enough redundant drive space for shared access points and backups with Retro, he suddenly realized there was no place for TM in their configuration. DOH!<br><br>- alec -
I see, if all the machines are just basically work stations and nobody stores any files on their machines backup isn't needed except for the share points, unless they wanted to do each user's mail, addresses etc. But I'd prefer TM to Retro from what I've seen. You can set up TM to do less frequent backups with a scheduler.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
I'm going to investigate this a little further. You bring up a good point; there's almost always SOME data on client Macs that won't be on server drives, particularly if e-mail isn't part of the server's services. Perhaps Time Machine and Retro have a place to work side by side.<br><br>- alec -
Missed the "What's ZFS" question. What wiki said. As applied to Mac OSX it means a ton. Apple might be rolling out parts of ZFS in 10.5.2 or 3. What it really means is that Macintosh has a 21st century file system and Windows does not. It will be more difficult for Windows to switch over since they have too many machines out there. With the switch to ZFS and 128 bit there is no need to think of another generation of file system since you would boil the world's oceans to get near capacity.<br><br>But what it really means for us:<br>Within two years you will start thinking of hard drive space as something you expand like RAM memory. You just snap the old out and stick new bigger ones in. With Time Machine, Time Capsule type back ups a dead hard drive will mean just a message popping up "bay 23 needs to be replaced" and you replace it and continue. You won't even think of hard drives at all, just "your pool". And that pool can get bigger and reside anywhere in multiple places. Copying files so all music is in one place kind of strategy will be as useful as making sure you cataloged all those old MacWorld magazines in your file drawer.<br><br>I'm dealing with a company that has a machine that sells for two million dollars. It can create 5 terrabytes of data and 3.2 billion small files in five days. (It will sequence one human's genome in that time.) Kind of nifty. I cringe though when I see the operating system is WinXP. Not that it really matters because the data gets poured into any set of servers you want. It will be years but I'm hoping it will be poured into a MacOSX server when I finally buy one. <br><br>
now that Office for Mac has been upgraded, i'd like to switch over to Entourage for email. however, i read that the Entourage database doesn't play nicely with T.M. -- little changes force the whole database to get backed up every time (as opposed to just backing up the one new email message you received that hour). i suppose that's not a huge issue, but it just means that the backup process will take that much longer depending on the size of the Entourage database.<br><br>
Much like iPhoto, Aperture, etc. This is the perfect example of why applications shouldn't store their content in a single database file. Backing up (to DVD) my iPhoto collection used to be easy. I could just drag individual folders from the iPhoto folder in the Finder. But now I have to set up freakin albums of photos to burn. It's a pain in the ass!<br><br><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGraphicMac/~6/1">[img]http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheGraphicMac.1.gif" alt="The Graphic Mac: OSX & design community" style="border:0[/img]</a><br><br>
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