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Orbital Backup Configuration Add-In
Mac OS X Time Machine Backup for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server

 

Up until now, Mac users connecting to a Windows server had to either forego remote Time Machine backup altogether, or else resort to complicated set-up involving disk utilities and "sparsebundles".

 

Not any more.

 

Orbital Technologies, which has a long-standing partnership with Microsoft, has created an add-in to ease the configuration burden of setting up an Apple Mac computer's Time Machine to use a backup location on the server.

 

This free 'Orbital Backup Configuration' add-in can be used to quickly and effortlessly set up Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials as a target disk for Mac OS X Time Machine Backups.

 

The add-in is available as a .wssx file ready to be installed directly on the server. Simply double click the file and follow the installation instructions.

 

Once it's installed an entry will appear in the Dashboard on the server.

 

The next time that Launchpad is run on the Mac, an alert will be displayed that an updated version is available. If the user chooses to accept this, Launchpad will re-open to reveal the new add-in.

 

Clicking on the add-in will launch the 'Orbital's Backup Configuration Utility' screen (shown below).

 

Launch Pad Screenshot

 

Orbital Backup Configuration

 

The add-in will automatically detect the name of the server, however the backup location on the server needs to exist before running this utility.

To use the utility, enter:

  • A Username

  • A Password (both valid on the server)

  • A valid backup location on the server

That's all that's needed for the backup configuration to work.

The Time Machine configuration screen opens up by default after the initial configuration is done. The user also has the option to choose to start a backup operation immediately or set up automatic backups using the Time Machine configuration screen.
Actual backups will be managed by Time Machine and the configuration utility does not need to be re-run unless any changes are required.

 

Help and Support:

 

Help is available for the add-in by clicking the "?" help button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Orbital Backup Configuration Help

Supported Versions:

 

The Orbital Backup Configuration Add-In runs on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). It is not supported on Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or earlier versions.

 

OS X 10.7 (Lion) support is unavailable at this time. Orbital may decide to provide Lion support at some future date but the development effort required for Lion support is not currently on our roadmap.

 

Support Forms are available at:

 

We Got Served - Orbital Backup Configuration Support Forum [external link]

 

Using Windows Home Server - Orbital Backup Configuration Support Forum [external link]

 

Download Locations

 

We Got Served [external link]

 

Using Windows Home Server [external link]

 

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