Native macOS Finder integration with Synology Universal Search

Tutorial Native macOS Finder integration with Synology Universal Search

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Tutorial Native macOS Finder integration with Synology Universal Search

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As above. SMB has been refined considerably by Apple so that even the minor Terminal tweaks are no longer required.

My Syno NASes (Intel, AMD and ARM (which is also on DSM7)) all chat with my Macs (Intel & ARM) via self-negotiated SMB3. No issues, no fuss, at up to 10GbE speeds.

I only enable the absolute minimum of protocols on the NASes; simple configurations usually have the best outcomes.
 
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Thanks for the tutorial. This solved an age-old problem of mine, i.e. not being able to search for Finder tags on a Synology network share.

W.r.t. SMB vs. AFP, for me it also only works using AFP, tested on High Sierra, Catalina and Big Sur.
So if I want to be able to search my Synology network shares from my Finder, I have to use AFP.
What are the disadvantages of AFP?
 
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  3. Windows
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  2. iOS
Main disadvantage is in my view: Support. Apple stopped active development years ago. It is still supported at minimal level. So I see also other suppliers stop supporting. If it does not work, Apple tells you to use SMB, good luck.

My mac was already unstable about 5 years ago on AFP, moved to SMB at that time. No reason to look back.
 
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If the Finder + Universal Search collaboration would work on DSM6.2 + SMB, I'd happily switch.

I probably need to upgrade to DSM7 for it to work.
 
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not that it helps you, but it can work: on my MBP and Mac mini (both M1, big sur later revisions) it just worked on dsm 6.2. + SMB3
On my previous 2013 I5 MBP high sierra and later catalina and dsm 6.2, it also worked + SMB3

Therefore i doubt DSM 7.0 will help you, it may be an issue on the Mac side.
 
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RS1221+, DS1517+, RS819, RS217
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  1. macOS
Mobile operating system
  1. iOS
W.r.t. SMB vs. AFP, for me it also only works using AFP, tested on High Sierra, Catalina and Big Sur.
So if I want to be able to search my Synology network shares from my Finder, I have to use AFP.
What are the disadvantages of AFP?
Sounds like a settings issue, such as the SMB Bonjour / mDNS setting missing in DSM or SMB has been disabled on macOS.

I'd guess that the culprit will probably be on the DSM side, rather than macOS.
 
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@Robbie, SMB isn't disabled on my macOS since I can connect to my shares using it. It just doesn't find Finder tags at the moment, while the files do have tags (as I can see via Get Info).

Do you know where I can inspect SMB Bonjour / mDNS settings on DSM?
 
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RS1221+, DS1517+, RS819, RS217
Operating system
  1. macOS
Mobile operating system
  1. iOS
@Robbie, SMB isn't disabled on my macOS since I can connect to my shares using it. It just doesn't find Finder tags at the moment, while the files do have tags (as I can see via Get Info).

Do you know where I can inspect SMB Bonjour / mDNS settings on DSM?
Of course, more details in the link below:

mac-clients-smb-cache-issues.7009

Hope this helps.

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