Steven Mathews asks about bringing a new Time Capsule online for backups, switching from his old one, and then erasing the old backups. He notes:
I don’t need to transfer over any backups—I’ll just let the new Time Capsule create its own. I’m mostly worried about the order of the steps and (I hope) not having to enter new credentials for every device in the house.
My suggestion is that you don’t erase the old Time Capsule before you’re sure you have a complete backup of every device for which it acts as a Time Machine destination.
If you have a Mac with ethernet, follow these steps:Launch AirPort Utility.Select the Time Capsule in the layout and click Edit.Select File > Export Configuration File.Rename the old Time Capsule so you can identify it in a later step.Warn everyone in the house and then power down the old Time Capsule.Connect the new Time Capsule via ethernet to your Mac.In AirPort Utility, you should be prompted to set up the new device. If not, click the Other Wi-Fi Devices menu in the upper-left corner and select the Time Capsule or switch the interface to ethernet if you don’t see it, then select it.You have to perform a basic setup to continue, so choose to set it up as a standalone base station and enter dummy values or defaults. (The article continues...)