Below is a quote from a thread on the Mac Enterprise Mailing list. I figured that this thread may be of interest to people on this list.
Thread is available from : <http://lists.psu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1003&L=macenterprise&T=0&F=&S=&P=394550> >>> I've just been asked to automate the process of swapping TM backup >>> destinations as a VIP moves between home and work. >>> >>> FWIW, I know I can do this with several different tools and script triggers >>> (cranker, Marco Polo, etc). The technical details aren't a problem for me >>> at all. However, I don't have a lot of time to test a solution ( a day or >>> two) and would appreciate it if someone had already been down that road to >>> give me a pointer or two - as this works well, this doesn't... >> >> I'm interested to know what you find & come up with, Dean. >> There seem to be a few pages out there, between personal sites and >> macosxhints.com submissions. >> >> I've been investigating -attempting- to script TimeMachine backups without >> much success. It's easy enough to use the GUI to set a destination, and then >> invoke a backup (and parse the system.log for what feedback can be had). >> >> But I'd like to be able to set the Time Machine prefs according to the drive >> that's attached. >> Using "defaults" to set the key in /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine >> >> - by working with BackupAlias and/or DestinationVolumeUUID , while taking in >> the plist, doesn't show up in the GUI and >> does not appear to be honored. Could be a matter of disconnect between >> SystemEvents when changing things behind the scenes, but it'd be >> nice not to have to (attempt) to do this via AppleScript and the System Pref >> pane... > > Slightly off topic, but one possible approach is to use TimeMachine to backup > to a second partition / sparse bundle, on the internal drive of the laptop. > Once you have this setup, it would be possible to synchronize the internal > (backup-drive / sparse bundle) to the pre-determined external drive(s) when > they connected. > > Although this approach introduces some additional complexity, it bypasses > various problems, which have been previously mentioned relating to the > configuration of TimeMachines backup destination drive. > > Finally, if the TimeMachine destination is sparse bundle, you have the > possibility of synchronizing the sparse bundle via the network. Perhaps this > is a more attractive option than having to attach an external hard drive. > > A script to synchronize sparse images via the network is available from the > link below, It could be modified so that it synchronizes to a local disk if > this is what you are after : > <http://www.lbackup.org/synchronizing_disk_images_between_machines> ---------------------------------- This email is protected by LBackup http://www.lbackup.org _______________________________________________ lbackup-discussion mailing list http://www.lbackup.org Change options or unsubscribe : http://lbackup.org/mailing_lists