Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 13: Backup
Backup is essential, both when it comes to backing up your server and backing up your users’ data. In this chapter from Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server,” he talks briefly about how best to back up your server data before going into more detail about enabling and running the Time Machine service.
Just a little gotcha that caught me several times, and even second level Apple tech support could not help. Eventually worked it out by myself by accident after several weeks of frustration.
I cannot remember the exact circumstances, but at one stage I had to reconnect a Mac to the Time Machine service. However, the login failed repeatedly, although in a strange way. It seemed to connect but no backup would occur.
It turned out that you had to use the longname to login rather than the shortname.
All this was with Mountain Lion I think. Fortunately, I have not had to do this again since then, so I do not know if it has been fixed in later versions.
BTW, thanks for the tip about Bender. Looks like it could be very useful.
Interesting. I'm pretty sure I used the shortname when testing, so I hope it's fixed now.
Did the shortname in question have any accented characters or characters other than a-z (lowercase), 0-9, or a dash (hyphen)?
I could imagine OS X allowing the creation of a shortname that included characters other than the most basic set of alphanumerics but a service (like Time Machine) assuming shortnames to be limited to those characters. The service would work with the long name because it's expected for long names to include a wider range of characters.
No, it was just letters.