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NAS 108

Using NAS with Apple macOS

A course about accessing your NAS using macOS and executing backup jobs using Time Machine.

2021-10-20

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Access the files on your NAS using macOS
2. Use Apple’s Time Machine to backup your NAS

PREREQUISITES
Course Prerequisites:
None
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:
Apple macOS

OUTLINE
1. Configuring your NAS
1.1 Enabling AFP Service
1.2 Enabling Time Machine Support
2. Configuring Apple macOS
2.1 Connecting to your NAS via AFP
2.2 Using Time Machine to Backup your NAS


1. Configuring your NAS

1.1 Enabling AFP Service

 

STEP 1

  • Log into your ADM and then select [Services] > [AFP].
  • Select the [Enable Mac file service (AFP)] checkbox.

1.2 Enabling Time Machine Support

 

STEP 1

  • Select the [Enable Time Machine support] checkbox and then select the folder that you wish to save your backup to, by using the drop-down list (In our example, “TMBackup”).
  • Once you are finished, click [Apply].

2. Configuring Apple macOS
2.1 Connecting to your NAS via AFP

 

STEP 1

In macOS select [Go] [Connect to Server…].



STEP 2

In the [Server Address:] field, enter your NAS’s IP address and then click [Connect] (For example: afp://172.16.1.206).


 (For example: smb://172.16.1.206).





STEP 3

Select the folder that you wish to connect to and click [OK] (in our example, “TMBackup”).




STEP 4

This is what the screen should look like once you have successfully connected to your NAS.




2.2 Using Time Machine to Backup your NAS

STEP 1

To open Time Machine, from the Apple menu select [System Preferences…] [Time Machine].


STEP 2

Once opened, make sure that the Time Machine slider is in the “ON” position. You will then be able to see the previously specified folder “TMBackup”.  Select the folder and then click [Use Backup Disk].



STEP 3

Enter the username and password for your NAS and then click [Connect].



STEP 4

This is what the screen should look like after configuration is complete. You will be able to see information regarding: folder name, available space, oldest backup, latest backup, and next backup.

Note: If you wish to learn more about Time Machine please see Mac 101: Time Machine (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427).

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