Back up all your Macs
OS X Server makes it possible to centralise Time Machine backups
If you’re the proud owner of more than one Mac – or you live in a multi-Mac household – then you know that keeping all your machines backed up independently can be costly.
The obvious solution is to centralise your backups in one convenient location, enabling you to reduce the cost of maintaining separate backups for each Mac by sharing a single back-up drive. One route to achieving this is to buy a dedicated network drive, such as Apple’s Time Capsule, but that’s quite an expensive route.
Thankfully, there’s an alternative: OS X Server (£14.99, http://apple. co/1MEKGPL). Install this on your main Mac – or an old, spare one – and it can be configured to give all the other Macs on your network access to its spare storage as a target for their Time Machine backups. It’s also scalable, because you can add more storage, as and when you can afford it, to boost your back-up capacity.
It’s relatively simple to set up and maintain. Once connected to the Time Machine server, your other Macs will back up just as they would to a directly attached drive, albeit a bit slower over your network. It’s also worth noting that backing up (and recovery, if needed) will only occur when the server is on and connected to your network. Nick Peers
OS X Server makes one Mac available as a Time Machine target for others
OS X Server allows you to keep all your household’s backups in one convenient place.