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Network Time Machine backups fail at login screen
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jay3ld
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Feb 12, 2010, 07:45 PM
 
Hello,

I recently setup a external hard drive that is connected to my Apple router. I configured it to have a password to give it some protection on the network. This is shared between two of my computers in the office.

I have been getting errors when nobody is logged, about time machine not being able to make a backup. My assumptions are that since nobody is logged in, the system is unable to mount the network drive and create the sparse bundle.

Am I correct here?
Is there a solution to get around this?
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Feb 15, 2010, 12:23 PM
 
If no one is logged in, there aren't any changes to back up, so why worry about it?
     
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Feb 15, 2010, 12:43 PM
 
Because what if they have been logged on for the past hour doing stuff, logged out and Time machine's hourly backups just start and try to make a backup?
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Feb 15, 2010, 12:55 PM
 
As you suspect, OS X doesn't mount drives while logged out AFAIK. This may help (copy-paste into Terminal), but I don't know if it works for network drives:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin -bool true
     
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Feb 16, 2010, 02:44 PM
 
Thanks,
I haven't received the error since I posted about it. But I ran the command on one of my machines and will monitor both to see if it is still occurring or not.
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