Mac OS X 10.7.2 and Fedora 14 netatalk share for Time Machine

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November 1, 2011 Mac OS X No Comments

I want to know if was possible to have my backup server work for MacOSX 10.7.2 Time Machine Backups.


This is what I had to do to make it work.


First netatalk 2.1 that comes with Fedora 14 didn't work for me. So checking on the internet I found out that I need netatalk 2.2.


Download netatalk 2.2 from and I downloaded and installed on my server this version,  netatalk-2.2.0-2.el6.x86_64.rpm


On Server:

# rpm -Uvh netatalk-2.2.0-2.el6.x86_64.rpm

# vi /etc/netatalk/AppleVolumes.default

add this information near the bottom of the file:

/home/backup/TimeMachine "TimeMachine" options:tm (Of course the location could be different)

Run command below to start netatalk on server.
# /etc/init.d/netatalk start

Run this command to make sure service will start when restarting server.
# chkconfig --list|grep -i netatalk 
You should see something like this, since we see off in all area's we need to enable this service.
netatalk       	0:off	1:off	2:off	3:off	4:off	5:off	6:off

# chkconfig netatalk on

On the MacOSX workstation go Finder bar, Click on Go, Click on Connect to Server, Type in your server ip address and then click on Connect.
You should connect to the server.

Now to make Time Machine use this backup server run command below at a Terminal prompt.
defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Now go to Time Machine and open the Preferences, click on Select Disk and select your new backup server then click on Use Backup Disk.
Run a Backup and see if everything is OK, That should be it.

Here is some stuff I learn from the installation.
If you receive an error with the netatalk database you can run a repair with this command.
# dbd -r /home/backup/TimeMachine/
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