KB450220 – Indexing Network Volumes on Mac Clients

Last modified: May 14, 2020
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Scope: To speed up the results of when searching through network volumes connected to mac clients.

Prerequisites: MAC client, Connected Network Volume (Specifically SMB shares as Spotlight in MAC OS doesn’t support SMB shares)


Once you are connected to an SMB share, open up a terminal window.

To enable spotlight indexing on a network drive type the following command:

mdutil /Volumes/name -i on

To check the status of indexing on a connected network drive type the following commands:

mdutil /Volumes/name -s


Once the indexing is complete, searching network volumes, specifically SMB shares should yield much quicker results

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