Welcome to PlexGuide.com – Introduction!
Mission Statement: PlexGuide is an all-in-one media solution that deploys a Media Server through the use of your Local HD or Google Drive; serving as an unlimited back-end storage. PlexGuide utilizes Ansible and Docker to streamline your Media Server, while deploying multiple tools for your Server Operations.
Human Speak: To make your life easy by automating as much as we can so you can spend less time coding and more time watching!
PG YouTube Introduction Video
What Does PlexGuide Do For Me?
PlexGuide is a simple GUI-Terminal interface that executes a series of commands with multiple options to tailor towards the user. You can simply use it to install Plex, deploy nzbs programs and/or torrent programs. PlexGuide installs with multiple flavors that allow you to utilize the program on a single hd, multi-hd, or google drive! Most of the configurations are automatic with minimal requirements on our end.
Welcome to the Quick FAQ (This Will be Cleaned Up)
Q: Super Noob Here, I cannot lie. What should I do before starting anything?
This is what we recommend that you do first!
- Register for a PlexGuide Forum Account— It motivates us to see new members!
- Visit Our Github and promote our site by clicking the Star in the Upper Right Corner
- Recommend you watch our YouTube Videos (including Installer)
- Donate if you ever have the chance!
Q: Do I need Linux Experience to deploy this?
No, you need very little. Just follow our instructions, videos, FAQ, and ask questions here and we will be able to assist you. We started off with very little experience and all of this was built from zero to something in under 5 months. Basically, us Noobs have the best ideas because we are fresh. We just ask you READ FIRST, watch the videos first, and follow the guides.
Q: What kind of server do you recommend?
The first question that you have to ask yourself is, what kind of server do you need? So if your building a server just for you, you need far less. If you need a server so you have 20 people watching it at a time, this may cost you some money. So you run a real dedicated server with pure Linux, run open stack, use VM Workstation (or other VM software), or a VPS (virtual private server). If you want more assistance on this, please visit here and we can assist you with those questions?
Q: Should I get a 120gb SSD drive and download movies that are 40GB big?
No, super-bad idea. One user already attempted this. The problem is your disk needs enough space to unpack. On top of that, it takes time for files to move across your google drive. Use some common sense. In this case, anything I would have is no larger than 3GB.
Q: What are your Recommend Space Requirements?
- Plex Only Server: Small Library (50GB-100GB) – Large Library (100GB+):
- Plex with USENET or Torrents: Small Library (200GB+) – Large Library (300GB+)
- Example: MetaDATA of 10000 Movies and 2000 shows can run 80Gigs biG
WARNING: If backing up, you need SPACE for the zip-files!
Q: Wait? Doesn’t this make Plex Take Forever to Scan it pending upload?
Well yes and no. If you use /mnt/unionfs … it’s a merged drive of your plexdrive and local drive. Basically, plex doesn’t know that it’s local or remote. It just see it sitting in a drive. That’s why it all works out!
Q: What type of Hard Drive should I use or plan for?
Q: I want to do cool stuff, like mount 3 drives, create custom folders, and ask to program without any idea?
Not cool. The purpose of the project is deploy a media server with Google Drive as a back-end. Want to do something cool? Fork it, code it, and push it back and we’ll add it (you’re given credit). When your ideas consume tons of time (without doing any research) with things not related to the purpose of the project, this is known as Scope CREEP. The two pictures below explain it all! We are always open to ideas, but are limited with our time… but nothing says you cannot contribute and always feel free to bring up the idea on the forums (but help with a little research, please.)
SCOPE CREEP – Part of PROJECT MANAGEMENT
I want to have this run on my windows box, and have it run on my m2 drive, but i want to ensure ftp access can be configured between all my boxes; security right?
Did the user even know what they were asking? It’s ok to ask out of not knowing, but you can tell they knew and asked a question with too many ideas (and didn’t offer any basic research)
Q: I love what you guys are doing here! How can I help!
We need coders, designers, webmasters… whatever skill you have and you think it can help; please @Admin9705 or visit our discord and talk to any of the other coders/contributers. This project is based on having fun (with headaches) and making other’s lives better through ease of a media server deployment.