Spotlight on Network Drives with Yosemite

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by sfwalter, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    I know in the past OS X did not support indexing network drives. Has this changed? Do more recent versions of OS X such as Yosemite support spotlight on network drives?

    I am thinking of investing in a NAS storage device such as Synology and spotlight support is a requirement. Since I have lots of data on my external drives right now.
  2. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    All my externals are DAS's and spotlight does indeed index them. i'm on 10.10.1

    If you are to buy a NAS remember that a DAS will be invariably faster, unless you buy a rather high-end NAS, which will cost you $$$$.
  3. Mac2626 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2015
    So then a mac mini or iMac connected to a thunderbolt raid is faster in a shared inviroment? Lets say less than 10 users. Lots of small file/folders.
  4. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013

    unless you got 10Gbe you max throughput over land is 100MB/s or so. a DAS Raid can go much much faster then that for example my raid (cheap one) does at 250MB/s
  5. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    While a DAS RAID is faster than a (consumer grade) NAS RAID, in a shared environment data is going over the network anyway so the advantage of DAS (although still there) is reduced.

    A Mac mini running, loaded with RAM and attached drives gives great performance because excess RAM is used for disk caching. I've got multiple non-RAID drives and have no performance problems. The server will also do the Spotlight indexing of the shared drives for all the client systems, offloading that (and the network traffic) from the clients.

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