Using the same Adobe Lightroom catalog files over your network

June 30, 2009 Photography


If you're anything like me, you have multiple computers in your house. If you're a fan of organization, you probably have all your photos organized on one hard drive. With Adobe Lightroom, you can not open a catalog file over your network. You can't even map a network drive in windows and open it either. Lightroom knows its a mapped drive. Here is a solution on how to get around this problem.
   
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You've probably seen this error if you've tried to open a catalog file over your network:



In my example above, my Y: drive is a Mapped Network Drive. To solve this problem, we're going to mount the drive using a different method. In Windows, you can open your command prompt (Run / cmd / enter), and enter the following command:

SUBST L: \\COMPUTER_NAME\L

On a Mac,

mount_smbfs -W workgroup //user@SERVER/L /L

Make sure not to leave Lightroom open on one computer and then open the same file from another computer.

On a PC, if you want the mount to stay connected after you reboot your computer, place a .bat file in your startup folder with this code:

@ECHO OFF
SUBST L: \\COMPUTER_NAME\L
CLS
EXIT

TIPS:
  • Its key to use the same drive letters when mounting your new drive over your network, this way, Lightroom will find your photos since the drive letters match.
  • Make sure you're using the same Lightroom version on both computers





 
Using the same Adobe Lightroom catalog files over your network If you're anything like me, you have multiple computers in your house. If you're a fan of organization, you probably have all your photos organized on one hard drive. With Adobe Lightroom, you can not open a catalog file over your network. You can't even map a network drive in windows and open it either. Lightroom knows its a mapped drive. Here is a solution on how to get around this problem.  

COMMENTS

21 September 2010 - 15:03:12 - freddyfries

Hi there, great article, I am suprised that no one else is raving about this. We have had Lightroom, to all effect purposes running on a windows 7 network (utilising a NAS as our server) since January. Its brilliant, no wondering which catalog is the latest! We have however come across a challenge recently. My associate has just bought a Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.4). I am not really that clear on Macs. Could you explain what the various elements are in the script? How would we configure it to say assign Z: when the NAS is called BOSS ?? Any help would be most welcome. Thanks once more for this article, hopefully we can have the Mac working just aswell as our PCs

23 April 2011 - 21:17:21 - JP

can this be done using a drobo FS on a macpro? i tried the command line but no luck

30 July 2011 - 5:34:00 - Henrittl

Thank you sooo much!!! It works like magic :)

10 August 2011 - 8:24:10 - Tyler

Hi, thanks for posting a solution to this problem. When I copy and paste your command for Macs I get a message back that states "illegal option --W." I'm still blocked from viewing our Lightroom catalog on multiple Macs. Any suggestions? Thanks again.

6 September 2011 - 5:41:34 - freddyfries

Still would love to hear if there is anyway to get this working on a mac!! It would be so cool if we could resolve the issue. On windows 7 it works like a dream





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