Thursday, 18 October 2018
macOS Time Machine - Backing up over the LAN
Some interesting experimentation, whilst tinkering with a full Time Machine backup of my MacBook Pro, via Ethernet, to a Synology DiskStation DS414.
The actual client/server network connectivity is using Server Message Block (SMB) as the former Apple Filing System (AFS) has been deprecated.
As this was a FULL backup, the time to completion, even over 1,000 Mb/s Ethernet was going to take a while …..
These two articles were of much use: -
both of which taught me to turn off throttling, via the command: -
sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0
plus this: -
which showed me how to TEMPORARILY turn off SSL/TLS packet signing.
Note the warning: -
If you turn off packet signing, you lower the security of the SMB connection. Turn off packet signing only if both the client and server are on a secure network.
Here be dragons ….
I did also confirm that the DS414 *DID* have Gigabit Ethernet enabled: -
and that my Mac's Ethernet card was similarly performant: -
Fun times !