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Windows® Home Server Bible by Jennifer Ackerman Kettell, Greg Kettell

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Chapter 23. Backing Up Mac Computers

As we've shown, Windows Home Server backups are a great way to manage the chore of keeping your Windows XP and Vista computers backed up. For the most part, all you have to do to start doing daily backups is install the Windows Home Server Connector software on each computer.

Households with not only multiple computers, but also multiple types of computers are becoming more and more common. Apple Macs, in particular, seem to have escaped the niche market of creative types that they've occupied for a while. The fact that they now have reasonable ways of running Windows software (via Boot Camp, Parallels, and VM Ware) is helping to fuel their adoption too.

In the newest Mac OS X release, Apple has introduced a new backup feature of its own. This program, dubbed Time Machine, is designed to do much the same thing that Windows Home Server backups do, with some differences. Instead of taking a backup snapshot of your hard drive each night, it actually creates hourly backups by making incremental backups of any files as they are changed, so you can go back and recover a file that you may have overwritten or deleted during the same day.

While Time Machine is designed to store its backups on an external drive, you can also specify a server share as a backup destination. This is where Windows Home Server can come into ...

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