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Changing path of media objects
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As my library continues to grow, yet views remain low, I’ve been considering the idea of moving the actual media off of the VM that’s hosting the server.  First off, is it possible to point the media objects folder to a network share that’s not on the server itself?  Basically, I’m thinking of moving the big heavy folder out of the VM and placing it on a NAS device.  My photos folder alone is over 250gb.  This would greatly reduce the size of the VM and make it much easier to move to another host.  Is this possible?  Are there any caveats or cautions to this idea?  If it is even possible, is there a recommended procedure to follow?

This VM has also been hosting my other big file shares.  It makes moving the VM, and disaster recovery more difficult than I’d like.  The photo folder is the 2nd biggest folder.  The video library is much larger, but I’ve found that I can offload that to plex running on a NAS without the need for any VM to manage it.  I can do similar NAS base shares for the other big folders as well.  

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August 22, 2021 - 6:08 pm
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Details about specifying the storage location for the files are on page 156 in the Admin Guide. Here are the key parts:

Gallery Server supports storing media assets on a local hard drive or any UNC-accessible location. This includes other computers, external hard drives, and even network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

Note: Changing the location [on the media settings page] does not move files to the new location. To move them to the new
directory, move them with a utility such as File Explorer.

Roger Martin
Founder and Lead Developer of Gallery Server

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