Plex is having login problems. Not my apps or my servers, the whole damned service. So the contents of my media server are not accessible. In my home. Where I come. To play. With my toys.
Finally got around to the FreeNAS 9.1.1 upgrade today, and I’m delighted to tell you that the Plex Media Server plug-in is available right in the administration interface and works just as you’d expect it to. It creates a jail and installs the software without a hitch and BABAM: instant mobile and household media streaming.
The only hiccup I had was when I renamed the announced Media Server name and had to restart the service. It indexed movies, TV shows and this time I even threw some photographs at it without incident. If I get brave I’ll try Music, but for what my household uses Plex for it’s great and frees my desktop workstation from being the choke-point for playing videos and gives my quad-core NAS something to do besides sit idle and handle NFS requests from a handful of computers.
This will likely inspire me to configure another jail for a dovecot IMAP server in the near future. It will probably wait until I get more storage plugged in though, since I’m now below 1TB remaining and I’m nervous about ZFS being unhappy about it.
This may get me to convert my NAS from FreeNAS to the unfortunately named NAS4Free — a FreeBSD port now exists for Plex Media Server, which would remove the requirement to have one of my Macs dishing up media for the house.
I rather like FreeNAS but I’ve been really annoyed with the lack of an IMAP service that works on it via their jail implementation, among a few other annoyances. Maybe I’d be happier if I just switched over? There are some other benefits too, such as running Virtual Box on the NAS hardware to host guest VMs there. Since my NAS host is an intel core2quad system that isn’t such a dumb idea.