Apple has very neat and ubiquitous backup system: Time Machine. It works automatically backing up your Mac’s constantly – while backup disk is available on local network. Bummer – no access to backup your machine remotely.
To use your Sherlybox as a Time Machine backup open your Mac System Preferences and select Sherlybox from the list:
Upon connecting you will be asked for login credentials. Use default account credentials “sherly” for login and “sherlybox” for password:
These credentials are default for your Sherlybox, can be used only on local network. If you wish to change the password, connect a keyboard and HDMI display to your Sherlybox and upon Debian prompt use these commands:
To change “sherly” system account password use this command:
System will ask for new password for user “sherly” and a confirmation.
DO NOT DELETE user “sherly”, your Sherlybox will cease to function.
It’s highly recommended to encrypt your backups, providing unique password. Backup password is a different password from access to Sherlybox. It may be confusing, but it’s very important. If your Sherlybox or other backup disk get stolen, thief may get access to a device, but it will not be able to decrypt your backups.
We suggest using passwords managers, like 1Pass, or secure notes. It’s easy to follow, if you have detailed information:
We hope you won’t need it, but backups will save your neck many times. I left my MacBookAir in my car just once: and it got stolen. I had a backup from previous day, so it was unpleasant inconvenience, not freaking disaster for me.
Backup your data.
Blazej & the Sher.ly Team
14 Jun, 2017
19 May, 2017