There’s a semi-hidden feature in the Sharing preference pane that you can set up:
On the destination Mac, open the Sharing preference pane.
Click File Sharing Service, or check its box if it’s not already turned on.
Under Share Folders, click the + to add a folder.
Navigate in the dialog box to the Shared folder in the Home folder. Select it and then click Add.
If you’re not concerned about other users on the network leave the Users options for access permissions as they stand (all set to Read & Write). If you want to limit it to logged in users, click Everyone and set the permission to No Access. (You can also disable the other two options an add individual users there.)
Now Control-click the Shared folder in the Shared Folders list and select Advanced Options.
Check “Share a a Time Machine backup destination,” and optionally check the “Limit backups to number GB” to prevent backups from overwhelming this machine.
On any other Mac on the network, open the Time Machine preference pane.
Click Select Disk.
The shared volume should appear under Available Disks and note that it’s “on ‘computer name’” with the same name as appears in the Shared preference pane on the shared computer.
Select the volume and click Use Disk.
If you opted in step 5 to require an account to use the folder, you will be prompted to enter the username and password of the macOS account at this step, and the drive will be mounted.
Now the Shared folder-as-a-volume appears as a selected volume. I’ve found in testing that even if you specify a limited amount of Time Machine storage, the Time Machine preference pane still shows all available storage remaining on the target volume.
This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader David.
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