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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 7: Collaboration Services

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


Collaboration Services

Many of the services provided by OS X Server enable collaboration of one sort or another, but for the purposes of this chapter, I want to focus on three types of collaboration: contact sharing, calendar sharing, and instant messaging, which map to the Contacts, Calendar, and Messages services in OS X Server.

Note: Mail is often lumped in with the rest of the collaboration services, and may be necessary if you want the Calendar service to send email invitations, but given the complex nature of managing mail, I don’t delve into those details until Chapter 8, Mail Services.

Before you wade into turning on these services, think about why you’re doing so, since contact sharing can in many cases be done more simply with a secondary iCloud account, you can more easily share calendars via iCloud (or Google Calendar), and Apple’s iMessage service is generally the easiest way to trade instant messages back and forth. If you’re setting up OS X Server for your family, Contacts, Calendar, and Messages may be overkill.

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