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I have a TimeMachine backup to a local NFS (1Tb partition) on a WdMyBookEX2. The backup works fine when I'm connected locally over ethernet/wifi (takes a while to backup about a TB).

When I'm away from home, I have setup DDNS, port-forwarding for AFP, etc. So I can connect to my WDMyBookEX2 remotely over AFP and run the backups normally.

Connect to drive AFP

I typically add it as a '2nd Volume' in the prompt from the TimeMachine wizard.

However, I've discovered that typically after the verification of the backup is done, the wizard reports that it has "become inconsistent", and that TimeMachine suggests I start a 'new backup' in order to ensure consistency. (Don't have message in front of me right now)

Select Disk

Use Both

Is there anyway to avoid this? I would prefer to continue running backups while I'm away from home, even remotely.

  • That's because the host is part of the time machine connection reference, even if it's the same server. – John Keates Aug 21 '16 at 23:03
  • @John Keates, so I should do the initial backup (say locally over lan) to my afp disk and it should resolve the issue? – jordan.baucke Aug 21 '16 at 23:19
  • No, the issue is with using two different connections to the same share. Always use the same to resolve the issue. – John Keates Aug 22 '16 at 20:18
  • Will this issue continue if my IP address isn't static? Hostname stays the same but I'm issued a new IP address by my ISP? I finished the backup always using the same hostname- however, I got the error again – jordan.baucke Aug 30 '16 at 6:05
  • Any change in the parameters will cause TimeMachine to loose track on who's who I'm afraid. – John Keates Aug 30 '16 at 10:07

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