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FreeNAS, Plex, and Plex Automation – Part 1 – Getting ready

With the start of a new year, I've decided to start a series on setting up a FreeNAS server at home along with setting up Plex as a media server and various other applications to help automate Plex. By the time I'm done with this series, you'll be able to setup all the following:

  • Install FreeNAS on a bare metal server
  • Install the following programs to manage your media
    • Plex Media Server
    • Transmission - A Bittorrent Client
    • Sonarr - Automatically downloads TV Shows
    • Couchpotato - Automatically downloads Movies
    • PlexPy - Provides in depth monitoring and reporting for Plex
    • PlexEmail - Send newsletters to your Plex users
  • Setup your own domain using dynamic dns from
  • Install and configure nginx to work as a reverse proxy and act as a traffic cop for incoming requests

I've been working on this setup for a few months now, and I've done quite a bit of customization to all these different items to make them work. As this series goes on, I'm going to try to recreate what I've done in a VM so I can have screenshots to show you exactly what you should be doing. In the meantime, I'd suggest you start thinking about what hardware you'd like to use for your build.

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  • Randall Hill

    Thanks for this series! Very timely for me as I have just created a dedicated FreeNAS server today, and I plan to install most of the apps you mention plus the DDNS and nginx.

  • Andy Scott

    Looking forward to this series. I was thinking about doing the same with a Raspberry Pi for my into to playing with one but the thought occurred to me I have enough parts laying around to get started on a project like this right away without ordering a Pi.

    Eventually thought about expanding to handle NZB as well with programs like Couch Potato and Sick Beard

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