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Media Streaming Server Setup and Automation Guide

Introduction

This is the first in a series of posts to guide new users through the setup of a Plex media streaming server and accompanying automation and management services.

Most of the services I’m going to be referencing are all well-documented online, so I will not be covering operating system-specific installation instructions and will instead walk through each application’s initial setup after installation and provide some context as to how each service integrates and communicates with one another.

A Few Things to Note Before Getting Started…

As much as I would like this to be a master guide for anyone looking to get started, there are a few things that may not pertain to everyone:

  1. I use Plex Media Server to stream media from my server to remote devices. There are other services that can be leveraged (Emby and Jellyfin, to name a few). I’ve chosen Plex because, in my opinion, it’s the most robust and has the features I’m looking for.
  2. If I’m downloading certain items from the internet (er, Linux ISOs, etc.), I find torrents to be sufficient for my needs. If you’re looking for instructions on UseNet, you won’t find them here – at least not yet.
  3. I do not and will never endorse the idea of downloading copyrighted material from the internet and heavily encourage users to pay for their own physical media and rip it themselves. With that being said, I inevitably always get a million questions about downloading, so I’m including a section on it in this guide to appease the masses. If you follow it, do so at your own risk.

Process Overview

Services and Applications

Setup OrderApplicationFunctionSetup GuideProject HomeAlternatives
1PlexStreams media to remote devicesLinkPlex.tvEmby
JellyFin
2DelugeDownloads torrents requested by Radarr and SonarrComing SoonDelugeQbittorrent
3JackettProvides updated lists of available torrents to Radarr and SonarrComing SoonJackettN/A
4RadarrMonitors movie availability and automatically sends downloads to Deluge when foundComing SoonRadarrN/A
5SonarrMonitors TV show availability and automatically sends downloads to Deluge when foundComing SoonSonarrN/A
6OmbiAllows users to request movies and TV shows and sends them to Radarr and Sonarr for monitoringComing SoonOmbi.ioN/A
7TraktTracks movie queues and Radarr library with custom listsComing SoonTrakt.tvN/A
8TautulliProvides Plex statistics and watch historyComing SoonTautulliN/A
9OrganizrManage above applications in a single tabLinkOrganizrN/A

Conclusion

If you have anything to add or would like to request further information on any of the resources above, please leave a comment below.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    Cool. Now explain how it all works together. I know this is an “overview” but most people that read your blog will already know these apps exist. Thanks!

    1. Griffin

      Sure thing – I’ll address that in the individual posts for each application. Would it be helpful to have a high-level overview of how they work together somewhere in this post as well?

  2. Echi

    You should add Organizr to your process to allow for easy management of all the services. I would love to see organizr setup with a reverse proxy so the services can be accessed remotely.

    1. Griffin

      I installed Organizr when I initially explored all of these services but found it a little clunky and preferred to access them individually.

      With that being said, I’ve received a lot of questions and comments about Organizr so I’ll add it to the list of things to add to this guide!

      1. Daniel

        I found Organizr clunky as well. Switched to Heimdall and haven’t looked back. Doesn’t offer exactly the same setup as Organizr, but Heimdall is a super easy to use front page for all of your apps on Unraid.

  3. blindjerry

    Could you include Lidarr and Mylar along with Sonarr and Radarr?

    1. Griffin

      I don’t currently use Lidarr or Mylar but I’ll add them to the queue of additional services to cover after finishing the existing ones already in the guide!

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