Speed­ier sync­ing of iCloud Drive

Mac Format - - MAKE MORE OF EL CAPITAN & iOS 9 -

OS X Server 5’s Caching ser­vice has a new fea­ture that’s eas­ily over­looked be­cause it has no vis­i­ble con­trols in the man­age­ment app. How­ever, if you’re a heavy user of iCloud Drive, es­pe­cially if it’s to move very large files from your iMac to a MacBook be­fore you head out with the lat­ter, this fea­ture stands to save you a lot of time – and pos­si­bly in­ter­net band­width, too – on wait­ing for things to sync up to iCloud and then back to your other de­vices. That’s be­cause the Caching ser­vice now au­to­mat­i­cally caches some per­sonal data from iCloud for use by de­vices on your lo­cal net­work. Just as there’s lit­tle men­tion of this in OS X Server it­self, there’s also lit­tle doc­u­men­ta­tion about it be­sides a brief men­tion at http:// ap­ple.co/1NeToU0. You can see how much disk space cached iCloud data takes up in the Caching ser­vice’s ca­pac­ity bar.

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