3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 28, 2015 4:51 AM by Geoff the kiwi

    Put lightroom on a server  Anyone do this with success?

    Dudemanla Level 1

      If anyone can help it would be appreciated.

      I have a client that wants to be able to access all her photos from anywhere in the world. So I assume I need to put that on a server. Can Anyone recommend a server that's really good.?

      One of the main concerns I have is if she is in another state and the server is in Los Angeles wouldn't it be slow when she tries to access the photos in lightroom if she's access then from the server within lightroom? I assume that when she tries to open a photo from a server from Los Angeles while she's in another state that it might take several minutes especially if it's a raw file for it to download and open.


      We want redundancy like a back local backup on that server perhaps like a Drobo or maybe synology disc station? I'm just really confused how it works with the server but that would be really cool if she can access that from anywhere in the world. She has over 5 TB of photos in her lightroom. Is it not a good idea to put it on the server and try to access it remotely. My client travels a lot so she really would like to have that.



      Oh and one more burning question what if the server is in Los Angeles and she's in Florida and she wants to import five gigs of photos. Can she use the import feature in lightroom and choose her light room on the server that's in another state to import the photos to?

        • 1. Re: Put lightroom on a server  Anyone do this with success?
          ssprengel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It wouldn’t work due to bandwidth limitations as you’re guessing.


          If you want your photos accessible from various locations then you carry them with you on a few external hard-drives. 


          I do this between home and work every day so I always have my working set of photos available.


          I back up my external hard-drive to another external hard-drive every night, or just after copying a big set of photos to it, so I always have more than one copy in case something happens to the external hard-drive, either from damage or losing track of it. 


          Is this person planning on carrying a computer with her that has the LR program and LR catalog or is she expecting to install the cloud LR everywhere she goes?

          • 2. Re: Put lightroom on a server  Anyone do this with success?
            Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

            To my knowledge LR the program can't be installed on a server to be accessible from multiple computers. It has to be installed to each and every computer you want to run it on.


            As for the LR Catalog Adobe has restricted that also so you must maintain a local catalog file on each computer, IE you can't put the Catalog on a Networked drive whether a local network, LAN, or one accessed across the net, WAN.


            So the only way for your client to have access to all her images from anywhere in the world is to either copy all images and the catalog to the computer she is using, along with having LR installed, or setting up LR to make Smart Previews of all her images and just copying the catalog tyo the computer she is using, along with having LR installed on that computer.


            In other words what she wants isn't going to happen.

            • 3. Re: Put lightroom on a server  Anyone do this with success?
              Geoff the kiwi Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Lightroom cannot be on a server as has been stated.

              However I would suggest putting the catalog on an external drive and building smart previews of all the files. This allows for working on the files via the smart preview with the changes being carried to the raw/master files when they are available. This is one of the design uses of smart previews.

              However to fully answer it would help to know why access to all files is wanted.