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How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

As your media collection grows, you might upgrade to a larger hard drive, install a NAS, or otherwise simply have a need to move your content to a new location.

Note: We always recommend Backing Up Plex Media Server Data data before making major changes to your library.

Upgrading a Hard Drive

If you’re simply upgrading to a new/larger hard drive, the easiest thing to do is to name the new location exactly the same as the original one. That means simply making sure the new hard drive is named exactly the same as the old one, and that the media files are in the same location.

The general procedure is outlined below. For this example, we’ll assume that your content is currently on a hard drive named MyMediaDrive .

  1. Quit/exit your Plex Media Server
  2. Re-name the old hard drive to a different name (e.g. OriginalMediaDrive )
  3. Name the new hard drive to the exact same name as the original drive (i.e. MyMediaDrive )
  4. Copy the content from the old drive to the new drive, making sure that the content ends up in the same relative location
  5. Start the Plex Media Server

If you’ve done things correctly, your server won’t even know that anything has changed and your content will work right away.

Moving Content to a New Location

If you need to move content to a new location, you’ll have to go through a few additional steps.

Preparation

Disable Emptying of Trash

On your Plex Media Server, you’ll want to disable the Empty trash automatically after every scan preference for the server.

Related Page: Library

Stop the Plex Media Server

Quit or exit the Plex Media Server so that it is no longer running.

Copy Content to the New Location

Copy your media files to the desired location. You don’t necessarily have to keep the same relative folder structure if you don’t wish to do so.

Update your Plex Media Server Configuration

Start the Plex Media Server

Once your content is available on the new location, start your Plex Media Server.

Launch Plex Web App

Open your Plex Web App and you should see your libraries, though your content is unlikely to work yet.

Edit Your Libraries

In order to update the content location for your media, you’ll need to Edit a library and then add the appropriate folder for where your content is now located. Leave the existing/previous folder location in there for now.

You’ll need to do this for each of your libraries, but you should probably complete the process for one at a time.

Related Page: Editing Libraries

Update the Library

After adding the new content folder, a scan of the library will probably start. If not, simply do a standard Scan Library Files .

The server will examine the contents of the new location and associate the content with the existing media items in your library.

Related Page: Library Actions

Remove Old Content Location

Once everything is completed and you’ve verified that things are working correctly and you can access your content, you can remove the old content location for your libraries. To do so, Edit the library and remove the old/previous folder location.

Once removed, you may need to empty your library trash in order to remove the entries where the content was stored at the old content location.

Related Page: Editing Libraries
Related Page: Emptying Library Trash

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The NVIDIA SHIELD offers an awesome all-in-one Plex solution. Not only does it run our great Android TV app, but the device also comes with a full Plex Media Server. This isn’t a stripped-down version of the server, it’s the real deal! You can access the server from other devices (Android, iOS, Roku, Plex Media Player, the web app, and much more), enable Remote Access so that the server is accessible even when away from home, sync content to mobile devices, and more.

Getting Ready

Generally speaking, you don’t need to do anything to get ready. The only exception is if you plan to store your content on the internal storage drive and want to have it ready for Plex Media Server to find during the initial setup. In that case, you’ll want to put the appropriate content in the corresponding directory ahead of time.

Our Accessing SHIELD Storage article provides details on how you can connect to/access the internal storage. Once you’ve done so, the following are the default folders for the pre-made libraries that will get created:

  • Home Videos: /Home Videos
  • Movies: /Movies
  • Music: /Music
  • Photos: /Pictures
  • TV Shows: /TV Shows

Tip!: Don’t worry if your content isn’t ready yet! You can always add the content later or edit your libraries.

Initial Setup of Plex Media Server

The first time you run the regular Plex client on the NVIDIA SHIELD, you will be prompted that a Plex Media Server has been detected and allowed to set it up. The setup process is very simple.

Tip!: You will need to be Sign in to Your Plex Account in the Plex app before you can set up the Plex Media Server. If you aren’t already, you’ll be walked through that.

  1. Plex Media Server availability will be detected the first time you use the regular Plex app. You have the option to enable the Plex Media Server or not.
  2. Assuming you chose to enable the server, you will be prompted as to whether you want some default libraries created for you. (See the earlier “Getting Ready” section for some more details.)
  3. You’ll be prompted that “Storage” permission is required to be able to store information about your server and libraries.
  4. Choose Allow to proceed so that the server has the necessary Storage permission.
  5. You’re now ready to kick off the initial setup of the Plex Media Server.
  6. The initial setup can take up to a few minutes. Don’t worry, it’ll be done soon!
  7. Once complete, you’ll get a confirmation page and your Plex Media Server will be ready for you to use.

Once the setup is complete, the Plex Media Server now running on your NVIDIA SHIELD will be available to select from any of your Plex apps. See the “General Server Management” section below for details on how to manage the server.

Enabling or Disabling Plex Media Server

If you decide that you no longer wish to run Plex Media Server on the NVIDIA SHIELD (or it was previously disabled and you want to re-enable it), you can do so at any time by launching the regular Plex client app on the SHIELD.

  1. Open the regular Plex app
  2. Go to Settings > Plex Media Server
  3. The first item in row list the server version number shows if it is running or stopped
  4. Select that item then toggle off or on

General Server Management

Once your Plex Media Server is set up, you will manage it using Plex Web App from your browser just like you would a server running on your computer or NAS device.

Opening Plex Web App

The quickest and easiest way to open Plex Web App to access or manage your server is to use the hosted web app: https://plex.tv/web

You can also browse directly to the web app bundled with Plex Media Server on the SHIELD: http://ip.address.of.shield:32400/web (e.g. “http://192.168.0.25:32400/web”)

Editing the Default Libraries

If you didn’t have your content ready when you went through the initial Plex Media Server setup, don’t worry! You can edit the default libraries or create new ones at any time. You’ll manage the libraries using Plex Web App just like normal:

Related Page: Creating Libraries
Related Page: Editing Libraries

How to Update Plex Media Server

Unlike a regular Plex Media Server you might run on a computer or NAS device, you can’t arbitrarily update the server version. Instead, new Plex Media Server updates will be released on Google Play specifically for the NVIDIA SHIELD. You would then install the update through the Google Play store just like you would for any other app.

Note: Plex Media Server won’t show up in searches of the Google Play store. But when there’s a new version, it will show up as an available update in Google Play.

Since Plex Media Server updates are distributed just like normal updates through Google Play, it is not possible to downgrade server versions.

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Plex Media Server: How To Update Your Libraries and / or Optimize Your Database

Made some changes to your Plex folders outside of the Plex interface, such as recently added files, movies, music, or whatever, and need to have PMS see them NOW instead of waiting for it’s scheduled update check?

Want to make sure your PMS library is nice and cleaned up, running fast, not using up unnecessary bloat on your hard drive, etc.?

Here’s how to do it.

NOTE: This is a tip for beginners to PMS, who may not quite know their way around the software yet.

Open up your Plex Media Server Web Interface. Assuming you are still using the defaults, it should be at: http://localhost:32400/web/index.html

Make sure you’re on the Dashboard page.

Look toward the top left of the page, (as of the writing of this article at least; in the future who knows, they may update the software and move it. If this happens, please comment and let us know so we can update this tutorial), there is a Gear Icon.

Click it, you’ll see menu items that say “Update Libraries” and “Optimize“, amongst other choices.

Simply click on whichever one you want to do. Be sure to give each action some time to process and finish before doing the next.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

If you’re planning to do both, a Library Update and an Optimize, do the Update first.

Manually updating your library isn’t necessary as often as you probably think; PMS is pretty good about auto-detecting new additions very quickly. You can also tweak this auto-detection in the settings.

No need to over-optimize. Once you’ve optimized, it’ll generally stay pretty optimized, unless you add a ton of stuff at one time. I generally only optimize maybe once a month or so.

There are other ways to optimize the PMS database, It’s an SQLite3 database, and most SQLite utilities have built-in repair / optimize functions, but that’s more for advanced, power-users, and not necessary in most cases.

Any other tips to offer? Post ’em if ya got ’em!

For users running our Plex Media Server on DEB-based (Ubuntu, etc.) or RPM-based (Fedora, CentOS, etc.) Linux distributions, it’s possible to do so via our official repository. This article covers how to add the repository to Ubuntu and Fedora/CentOS. Other compatible distributions may work, but are not officially supported by Plex.

For those who wish to verify our public key, its correct md5sum is: 19930ce0357f723e590210e3101321a3

Note: Repository updating is currently only supported for public releases of Plex Media Server. It is not currently possible to use it for Plex Pass preview/beta releases.

DEB-based distros (Ubuntu, etc.)

To enable the Plex Media Server repository on Ubuntu only a few terminal commands are required. From a terminal window run the following two commands:

After that, it’s just a matter of running the normal sudo apt-get update and the Plex Media Server repo will be enabled on the OS.

Note: Our build system changed starting with the Plex Media Server v1.15.0 release. Users who were updating via the repository prior to that release will need to do a one-time, manual confirmation of some changed values. See our forum topic for instructions.

RPM-based distros (Fedora, CentOS, etc.)

Inside the RPM package we have silently added a repository configuration file for Plex Media Server to hook up to a repository. To enable the repo, edit /etc/yum.repos.d/plex.repo and change line 4 from enabled=0 to enabled=1 . It should look like this:

Once you’ve done that, you can then update your Plex Media Server to the current public release by running your update program or yum update and Plex Media Server will automatically get updated too.

Note: Once your Plex Media Server updates, be sure to start the server again so things are running correctly.

openSUSE

After doing the normal steps for RPM-based distributions, openSUSE users will need to make an additional change:

  1. Open the “Software Repositories” app
  2. Find the “PlexRepo” entry
  3. Set that entry to Enabled and Auto Refresh

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Settings related to your libraries on your Plex Media Server. You can access these under Settings > Server > Library in Plex Web App.

Related Page: Plex Web App

Normal Settings

Scan my library automatically

When a change is detected in the source location for a library’s content, the appropriate library will be scanned.

Note: This function relies on the computer’s operating system providing the “something changed” trigger. Some operating systems don’t provide this trigger and content mounted via a network will also typically not work. If your library doesn’t automatically scan, you may have to set a periodical scan or do it manually.

Scan my library periodically

Turning this on will cause your Plex Media Server to run scans on your libraries using the designated interval.

Library scan interval

Choose to scan all of your libraries on a time-based interval. Choose the interval to use from the dropdown. Available frequencies:

  • every 15 minutes
  • every 30 minutes
  • hourly
  • every 2 hours
  • every 6 hours
  • every 12 hours
  • daily

The scan interval is based on when the Plex Media Server is started. For instance, if you have it set to “every 6 hours” and you start your server at 12:35pm, then a scan will be started around 6:35pm.

Empty trash automatically after every scan

Choose to empty the library Trash after every update. With this option enabled, when an item’s file is deleted from the drive, it will be removed from the Plex library on the next scan. Disabling this option keeps the item in the library with an indicator superimposed over the item’s poster when the item is removed.

Generate video preview thumbnails

This option creates a series of preview thumbnails from a media item when it is analyzed. Creating these images can take a considerable amount of time, CPU resources, and increase the storage space used. The images are stored in your Plex database so be careful you don’t fill the drive!

These images are used by some Plex apps when you move back and forward in an app with the timeline scrubber. They’ll also be displayed in Now Playing when someone is streaming from you so that you can see where they are in the video.

  • never – never generate thumbnails.
  • as a scheduled task – generate thumbnails during the regular server maintenance period.
  • as a scheduled task and when media is added – generate thumbnails for new items when they’re added and for existing items during the regular server maintenance period.

Warning!: Be careful about enabling this feature prior to adding a large amount of content to your library. Doing so may mean that your server will be generating index files for hours or even days.

Generate chapter thumbnails

Chapter thumbnails provide images in the chapter view on supported apps. They can take a little time to generate and consume very minor additional disk space.

  • never – never generate chapter thumbnails.
  • as a scheduled task – generate chapter thumbnails during the regular server maintenance period.
  • as a scheduled task and when media is added – generate chapter thumbnails for new items when they’re added and for existing items during the regular server maintenance period.

We recommend using the default as a scheduled task value.

Analyze audio tracks for loudness

Letting the server to analyze your audio tracks for loudness information will allow you to make use of features such as leveling (often referred to as “normalizing”) the loudness as well as letting apps perform smart transitions between tracks. Analysis can cause high CPU usage, but doesn’t take very long to complete for individual tracks or albums. If you’re adding a lot of music (or creating a music library for the first time), the process could take a long time to complete.

  • never – never perform loudness analysis.
  • as a scheduled task – perform loudness analysis during the regular server maintenance period.
  • as a scheduled task and when media is added – perform loudness analysis for new items when they’re added and for existing items during the regular server maintenance period.

Location visibility

You can set who is allowed to see location names for items which contain geolocation metadata. For instance, photos taken by a mobile phone will often have GPS data embedded, which we make use of to determine where the photo was taken.

By default, only the server admin/owner account will be able to see the location information. You can optionally allow shared users to see the information, too.

OS X Specific Settings

Display notifications

Display system notifications when scanning libraries.

Advanced Settings

Click on the Show Advanced button at the top right of the settings area to toggle display of advanced settings. Be careful when adjusting or using advanced settings.

Run a partial scan when changes are detected

When changes to library folders are detected, only scan the folder which changed rather than the entire content location. This works together with the normal Update my library automatically setting (and requires that setting to be enabled).

Allow media deletion

Plex apps (signed in with the same Plex account as the Plex Media Server) will be able to delete media from the library. Users with which you share your server will not be authorized to delete media, even with this setting enabled.

Deleted items will be immediately removed from your library and the corresponding media file will also be deleted. Most operating systems will place the file in the system Trash or Recycle Bin, but it’s possible the file will be permanently deleted immediately (particularly when deleting large numbers of items).

Warning!: Be careful enabling this setting as it allows actual source media files to be deleted from your system.

Note: Shared users cannot delete media through an app, even with this option enabled. Only the server owner account can delete media.

Weeks to look at for On Deck

Lets you choose how many weeks to check for content to be included in the On Deck data for a library. The default value of 16 weeks is good for the vast majority of users. You can lower the value if your On Deck is particularly slow to appear. (Increasing the value can cause On Deck or app dashboards to be slower to appear.)

Include season premieres in On Deck

Season premieres generally will fall outside of the number of weeks for On Deck for most since it can be several months before a new season starts. Enabled by default, this setting makes episode one of a new season appear even if it falls outside of Weeks for On Deck setting (assuming all previous episodes are watched).

Run scanner tasks at a lower priority

On low-powered systems (e.g. ARM-based NAS devices), it can be beneficial to run scanner tasks at a lower priority than other tasks. This can help ensure they do not interfere with regular streaming.

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How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Synology makes it super easy to install Plex Media Server on its DiskStation NAS boxes, but missing from the simple user interface is a way to update Plex Media Server if a new version releases. Don’t worry, though—there’s still a way to do it.

UPDATE: Synology has now added the ability to update Plex Media Server right from within Package Center just like any other package, but the below method still works if you ever want to push a manual update.

You can set many of Synology’s packages available from the Package Center in DiskStation Manager to be auto-updated if you want them to be. Otherwise, you’re notified when packages are available for updating. The trouble is that Plex Media Server is left out, meaning you have to update it manually. Here’s how to do it.

Start by firing up your Plex server’s user interface, and then click the “Settings” option.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

The next screen shows what version of Plex Media Server you’re currently running. If an update is available, it will tell you just to the right of the version number. If there’s an update, click the “please install manually” link to get started.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

An .SPK file begins downloading.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

When the download is done, fire up DiskStation Manager, and then open Package Center.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

In Package Center, click the “Manual Install” button.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Click the “Browse” button.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Select the .SPK file you just downloaded, and then hit the “Open” button.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

And then click the “Next” button to start the update.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

You may get a pop-up that says “This package is published by an unknown publisher. Are you sure you want to continue?” Go ahead and hit the “Yes” button.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Click “Apply” on the next screen.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Give it a few moments to install the update. When it’s complete, the installation window automatically closes and you’re back at your list of installed packages. There, you’ll see that Plex is now running the latest version.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

It’s a little cumbersome, and better automation would be nice. But, at least it’s not too difficult a process.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

For me, another issue was that the Plex Media Server runs under a standard user account on my Windows 10 machine, and a standard user account can’t perform any application installs, which leads to another reason for me to disable Plex auto updates.

While I can’t have Plex auto update to the latest version, I have found another way of accomplishing the same goal. I created a small application called Plex Server Auto Updater that will perform the same update task when Plex is running as a service.

What does the Plex Auto Updater do?

The Plex Auto Updater makes it easy to update Plex when the Plex Media Server is running as a service. The updater will automatically perform the tasks that you would normally need to take when updating Plex.

Since the Plex Auto Updater needs to install the Plex update, the updater needs to be run under an administrator account. If you are logged in as a standard user, you simply need to right-click the Plex Auto Updater executable and select “Run as administrator” to allow the updater to perform the update.

The following actions are performed when the updater is run:

  1. Stops the Plex service.
  2. Stops any Plex processes that may still be running.
  3. Installs the update.
  4. Deletes the run keys from the registry to prevent Plex from auto-starting outside of the service.
  5. Stops any Plex processes that may have started after the update.
  6. Restarts the Plex service.

The updater will update Plex regardless of where Plex is installed, where the Plex local data directory is located, and which user account is running the service.

Getting the Plex Auto Updater

I created the Plex Auto Updater so that it is portable, which means it doesn’t need to be installed. It is a single executable that can be saved and run from any directory on your machine.

To get the Plex Auto Updater and use it, follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest release of Plex Auto Updater.
  2. Extract the psupdate.exe file from the zip file. You can extract the executable file into any directory.
  3. Double-click the executable to perform an update. Later in this post I describe how you can run the updater so it updates Plex automatically.

To have the Plex updater perform an update, there is one thing that will need to be done in Plex to ensure the updater can find the updates, which I discuss below.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Configure Plex Media Server for Plex Auto Updater

Before running the Plex Auto Updater, it is important to first have Plex automatically download the latest updates. The Plex Auto Updater will check these downloaded updates to determine if it should install a newer version.

To enable Plex to download updates automatically, use the following steps:

  1. Log into the Plex server Web dashboard.
  2. Click the “Settings” option under “Manage” on the left.
  3. Click the “Server” option from the top menu if it isn’t already hightlighted.
  4. In the “General” section, check the “Automatically download updates” checkbox.
  5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

Once the above steps have been completed, and an update has been downloaded, the Plex Auto Updater can now perform the update.

Of course, you can simply run the Auto Updater executable, but the point is to have it update automatically without any user intervention. This can be done by simply scheduling a task to run the executable at a specified time.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Schedule the Plex Auto Updater

Once Plex Media Server has been configured to download any updates, you can now schedule the Plex Auto Updater to automatically check the updates to see if one is available.

To avoid updating the Plex Media Server when you are streaming media, you will want to schedule the updater at times when the media server won’t be streaming any media, such as early morning.

To schedule the Plex Auto Updater, use the following steps:

  1. Click the Windows icon to bring up the Start Menu. Type “Task Scheduler”, and then select the “Task Scheduler” that shows up in the list.
  2. Click the “Action” menu and then select the “Create Basic Task” menu option.
  3. Enter a name for the task, and then click the “Next” button.
  4. Select a schedule for how often you wish the Plex Auto Updater to run, and then click the “Next” button.
  5. Enter the schedule information, and then click the “Next” button.
  6. Select “Start a program” for the action.
  7. Click the “Browse” button and then navigate to the location where you placed the psupdate.exe file. Click the “Open” button to select the file.
  8. In the “Add arguments” field, enter “-silent” (without the quotes). This will cause the updater to run without any user interface. Click the “Next” button to continue.
  9. Check the “Open the Properties dialog for this ask when I click Finish” checkbox, and then click the “Finish” button.
  10. When the Properties dialog is open, ensure the user that runs the task is an administrator. If not, click the “Change User…” button.
  11. Enter the administrator user’s name in the “Enter the object name to select” textbox. Click the “OK” button to continue.
  12. Select the “Run whether user is logged on or not” option. Click the “OK” button.
  13. Enter the administrator’s password and then click the “OK” button.

When the above steps is completed, you should have a task scheduled to run the Plex Auto Updater at a specified schedule, and using the administrative user account.

This application solves the issue I had when running Plex as a service and not having the ability to update Plex automatically. With the portable application I created, I can now schedule Plex updates so that my Plex Media Server has the latest release.

7 Responses to “How to Update Plex Automatically When Run as a Service”

Great work Paul!
That’s really a nice tool. Could you perhaps add another feature? It will be a great help if this tool also updates the library of the Plex database. At the moment I need to do it manually what really suxx.
Thanks for your help!

Where is this program looking for the Plex install?
I have Plex running as a service in the default install location for my Server 2012 R2 install, but the updater can’t find it.

The updater uses the Windows Installer API to find the installation location. Although I should probably add a default folder check first.

Does this still work? I can’t find the option in settings to automatically download updates….

The solution has changed a bit since this post was written as Plex doesn’t appear to automatically download the update.

The Plex Server Auto Updater will now download the latest Plex server update automatically and then allow you to install the update.

That’s good to know. Will it use the beta channel for updates if this is this is selected in the settings?

It will. It checks to see if the Plex Pass or Public channel is selected to determine which update to download.

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Magnus33

Senior Member

Plex installed and shares added without any issues.

But i noticed plex doesn’t scan the shares unless you do so manually.

Iam guessing this is a bug but iam wondering if there anyway around this?

Member

I’ve the same problem. at first I thought it might be the jail setup preventing some sort of FreeBSD equivalent of “FileSystemWatcher::Changed Event” of passing into the gate or emitted inside.

Yesterday I thought I’ve figured it out after learning that Plex uses the file system “access time” to detect changes and I had “atime” disabled on the particular zfs datasets. But after enabling this option plex still won’t detect changes made through added files.
🙁

Krutet

Member

Plex installed and shares added without any issues.

But i noticed plex doesn’t scan the shares unless you do so manually.

Iam guessing this is a bug but iam wondering if there anyway around this?

Magnus33

Senior Member

Yes you Can set it 15..30..hour..two..sex ..12 ..daily.

Its in the same area just click show advanced settings.

Wolfeman0101

Senior Member
Member

Does anyone made any progress with this issue?

It’s quite annoying to have to manually refresh the plex library or choose an periodic interval and then prevent the FreeNAS drives from going to sleep mode?

Or does this indeed work at anyones FreeNAS plugin jail?

crumbz

Member

Update my Library Automatically

When a change to the library is detected, the appropriate Library will be refreshed.

Note: This function relies on the computer’s Operating System providing the “Something Changed” trigger. Some Operating Systems don’t provide this trigger and content mounted via a network will also typically not work. If your Library doesn’t automatically update, you may have to set a periodical refresh or do it manually.

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crumbz

Member
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I havn’t tried it yet but found this thread which looks promising.

Wolfeman0101

Senior Member

I havn’t tried it yet but found this thread which looks promising.

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NigelNoFriends

Member

This is probably a dead-thread, but below link explains that essentially, it’s not supported on FreeBSD (an OS shortcoming.) Would only work if you ran plex through docker.

twf85

Junior Member

This is probably a dead-thread, but below link explains that essentially, it’s not supported on FreeBSD (an OS shortcoming.) Would only work if you ran plex through docker.

sretalla

Wizened Sage

The trick here is to use sonarr/radarr to update/tell the plex server something has arrived. set plex up in the settings|connect tab of each and tell it to notify on completed downloads.

Maybe that will solve the need instead.

Aiming to mostly replicate the build from @Stux (with some mods, hopefully around about as good as that link)

  • 4 xSamsung 850 EVO Basic (500GB, 2.5″) – – VMs/Jails
  • 1 xASUS Z10PA-D8 (LGA 2011-v3, Intel C612 PCH, ATX) – – Dual socket MoBo
  • 2 xWD Green 3D NAND (120GB, 2.5″) – – Boot drives (maybe mess around trying out the thread to put swap here too link)
  • 1 x Kingston UV400 120GB SSD – boot drive (hit the 3D NAND/TRIM bug with the original WD green selection, failing scrub and showing as corrupted OS files) Decided to go with no mirror and use the config backup script
  • 2 xIntel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (LGA 2011-v3, 2.10GHz) – – 8 core/16 threads per Chip
  • 2 xNoctua NH-U9S (12.50cm)
  • 1 xCorsair HX1200 (1200W) – PSU to support 24 HDD + several SSD and PCI cards
  • 4 xKingston Value RAM (32GB, DDR4-2400, ECC RDIMM 288)
  • 2 xNoctua NF-A8 PWM Premium 80mm PC Computer Case Fan
  • 3 xNoctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan
  • 3 xNoctua NF-F12 PPC 3000 PWM (120mm) * having noted later in Stux’s thread that 1500 RPM is not sufficient to cool the HDDs. Corsair Commander Pro to control the fans (see script and code)
  • 1 xNORCO 4U Rack Mount 24 x Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays Server Rack mount RPC-4224
  • 6 xCableCreation Internal Mini SAS HD Cable, Mini SAS SFF-8643 to Mini SAS 36Pin SFF-8087 Cable
  • 1 xLSI Logic Controller Card 05-25699-00 9305-24i 24-Port SAS 12Gb/s PCI-Express 3.0 Host Bus Adapter
  • TrueNAS Core 12.0-U3.1
  • Use existing Drives 8 x10TB WD Red, 8 x6TB WD Red, 8 x4TB WD Purple

ESXi-pfSense-FreeNAS-Docker host

CASE: Fractal Node 804
MB: ASUS x-99M WS
CPU: Xeon E5-2620v4 + Corsair H60 Cooler block
RAM: CRUCIAL 64GB DDR4-2133 ECC RDIMMs
HDD: WD RED 3TBx8
SSD: 4 xSamsung 850 EVO Basic (500GB, 2.5″) – – VMs/Jails
HBA: LSI 9300-16i
OS: 1 x Kingston UV400 120GB SSD – boot drive
PSU: Corsair RM1000
Version: TrueNAS CORE 12.0-U3.1
FANS: 3xFractal R3 120mm – 3 Front, 1 Rear. Corsair Commander Pro to control the fans (see script and code)
CPU FAN: 1xCorsair H60 CPU Radiator – Front
NIC: Intel EXPI9402PTBLK Pro, Dual-Gigabit Adapter (plus the 2 onboard Intel NICs, 1x 210, 1x 218)

VM/Docker host, using ESXi and running pfSense alongside FreeNAS (separate Dual Intel NIC added, dedicated to the pfSense VM)

I also have one test system:
CASE: Silverstone. some old crappy HTPC case
MB: ASUS x-99M WS
CPU: Xeon E5-1620v3 4 cores
RAM: CRUCIAL 32GB DDR4-2133 ECC RDIMMs
HDD: WD RED 8TBx3
TrueNAS CORE 12.0-U3.1

. and two playground systems:
Proxmox VM running on Intel NUC
8GB RAM
VMXNET NIC
All virtual disks, no controller passthrough.
TrueNAS CORE 12.0-U2

Proxmox VM running on Intel NUC
8GB RAM
VMXNET NIC
All virtual disks, no controller passthrough.
TrueNAS 21.04 SCALE Alpha

. soon will add 3 SCALE VMs to test out gluster and docker clusters.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Kromě samotného média je nejdůležitějším prvkem softwaru mediálního serveru, jak je aktuální – nemůžete sledovat videa, pokud server neví, že jsou tam. Plex Media Server nabízí tři způsoby, jak udržet vaše sbírky médií aktuální, takže vždy víte, co je k dispozici.

Proč bych to chtěl udělat?

SOUVISEJÍCÍ: Jak nastavit Plex (a sledovat filmy na libovolném zařízení)

Existují tři komponenty, které se týkají služby Plex Media Server. Existuje vlastní médium (například vaše televizní pořady), existuje skutečný server Plex Media, který spravuje vaše média, a pak existují klientské aplikace Plex, ke kterým přistupujete na server prostřednictvím vašeho Apple TV, iPhone nebo jiných zařízení.

Protože nejste přímo procházet složky, které obsahují vaše videa, je velmi důležité, aby databáze Plex Media Server byla aktuální. Pokud jste například na služební cestě, například se snažili dohnat vaše oblíbené přehlídky, ale server Plex Media Server nebyl aktualizován tak, aby zahrnoval nejnovější epizody, nemáte štěstí. Dokud nebude knihovna aktualizována, nebudete je moci sledovat.

Naštěstí software Plex Media Server má mnoho způsobů, jak zajistit, aby byl seznam médií vždy aktuální, včetně ruční aktualizace a několika způsobů automatizace procesu aktualizace.

Jak ručně aktualizovat knihovnu

Nejjednodušší metodou je ruční aktualizace knihovny. I když budete postupovat podle pozdějších kroků v této příručce a zcela automatizovat proces aktualizace, měli byste být vždy obeznámeni s procesem ruční aktualizace, protože je to skvělý způsob, jak vynutit okamžitou aktualizaci.

Chcete-li ručně aktualizovat knihovnu Plex, přihlaste se webový ovládací panel pro server Plex Media Server. Na hlavní stránce vyberte jednu z vašich knihoven z levého navigačního panelu, jak je vidět níže, jako je vaše knihovna “TV Shows”.

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

V knihovně klikněte na ikonu kruhové šipky v pravém horním rohu

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Spustí ruční aktualizaci této knihovny a server Plex Media Server znovu prověří adresáře přidělené této knihovně. Tento postup opakujte u všech ostatních knihoven (např. Filmy a hudba), které chcete aktualizovat.

Jak automaticky aktualizovat knihovnu

Ruční aktualizace jsou skvělé, pokud potřebujete vynutit aktualizaci správně za sekundu, ale pro snadné použití a skutečně bezztrátový uživatelský zážitek, opravdu chcete povolit automatickou aktualizaci. Nejenže je automatická aktualizace pro vás nejvhodnější, ale je to prakticky nutná, pokud máte jiné osoby ve svém domě. Pokud je Plex vždy aktuální, vy, manažer serveru pro mediální servery, nebudete mít problémy s tím, zda je oblíbená přehlídka aktuální.

Existuje několik způsobů, jak automatizovat aktualizace knihovny a vy všem je najdete v jediné nabídce v rámci nastavení vašeho Plex Media Serveru. Klikněte na ikonu nástroje Nastavení v pravém horním rohu webového rozhraní Plex

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

V nabídce Nastavení vyberte kartu “Server” pod horním navigačním panelem a vyberte levý navigační panel “Knihovna”

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Chcete-li zobrazit všechny dostupné možnosti, které zdůrazňujeme, musíte klepnutím na tlačítko Zobrazit rozšířené rozšířit možnosti knihovny.

Když jsou rozšířené možnosti viditelné, zobrazí se v knihovně následující položky nastavení nastavení:

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Zde je několik možností a měli byste zvážit každý z nich podle toho, kde je vaše médium uloženo a vaše aktualizace potřebuje.

Automatické aktualizace: nejlepší volba pro téměř každého

knihovna automaticky “, je ideální. Téměř každý uživatel Plex by měl zkontrolovat. Jediný čas, kdy automatizované aktualizace knihovny nejsou životaschopným řešením, je pro uživatele Plex s jejich médii uloženými na počítači jiný z programu Plex Media Server (protože automatické zjišťování složek obvykle nefunguje pro složky na sdílené položce v síti).

Kontrola možnosti “Spustit částečnou kontrolu při detekci změn” je další volbou, která může být spárována s automatickou aktualizací knihovny. Tato volba zkracuje dobu aktualizace knihovny a množství systémových prostředků použitých pro aktualizace knihovny. Není to obrovské řešení pro výkonný systém, ale jeho spořič času bez ohledu na to (a je to docela užitečné, pokud je váš hardware Plex Media Server nedostatečný)

Plánované aktualizace: skvělé pro média v síťových sdílených podstanicích

Pokud zjistíte, že automatické aktualizace knihovny nefungují pro váš systém, můžete vždy použít nastavení “Aktualizovat knihovnu periodicky” a nastavit plán aktualizace. Tato volba funguje jak pro lokální soubory, tak pro soubory umístěné v síťové sdílené položce (tj. Je nainstalován jiný počítač, než je Plex Media Server), protože ručně prověřuje celou strukturu adresářů na zadanou frekvenci. Frekvenci aktualizace můžete nastavit v přírůstcích po každých 15 minutách až na jedenkrát denně.

Automatický odpad: Úklid, který možná nebudete chtít

Konečně existuje malá pozornost týkající se vyčištění knihovny. Ve výchozím nastavení je zaškrtnuto políčko “Vyprázdnit koš automaticky po každém skenování”. Pokud máte pevnou knihovnu (například všechna média jsou na určitém serveru na pevných interních jednotkách), je dobré tuto možnost nechat zkontrolovat. Tímto způsobem, pokud odstraníte spoustu věcí z mediálního serveru, bude Plex automaticky po vás vyčistit a odstranit všechny položky pro toto médium.

Pokud však používáte externí jednotku, která je někdy odstraněna z Plex Media Serveru počítač máte sdílená média na serveru Plex Media Server, který je umístěn v síťovém sdílení jiného počítače, který není vždy zapnutý, nebo v jiné situaci, kdy médium, které chcete mít ve své knihovně, není vždy online, ne zaškrtněte volbu “Vyprázdnit koš”. Pokud tak učiníte, pokaždé, když aplikace Plex spustí aktualizační skenování a nezobrazí offline médium, odstraní ji (pouze aby se obrátila a znovu zkontrolovala média, stáhli všechny metadata atd.

Jakmile budete mít automatickou aktualizaci nakonfigurovanou tak, jak chcete, můžete se posadit a užít si jednoho z nejlepších výhod Plex Media Serveru: vždy aktuální a centralizovanou správu celé sbírky médií

How to update your plex media library manually and automatically

Existuje aplikace, kterou chcete odinstalovat, ale nemůžete ji najít na domovské obrazovce. Pokud se zdá, že ikona zmizela, jak byste měli aplikaci odinstalovat? Nestákejte se. Existuje jiná možnost. Možná si myslíte, že jediný způsob, jak odinstalovat aplikaci iOS, je klepnout na ikonu a podržet ji, dokud se neroztáhne, abyste mohli stisknout tlačítko “X”.