Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N

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Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
Plex is a media management system that organizes your entire collection of movies,
music, and photos making them available to all media devices in the connected home
and remotely accessible by Internet connected devices.
With support for streaming music, high definition video, and photo sharing, Plex is an
excellent way to centralize and share all of your rich media content stored on a Drobo.
This not only provides significantly increased throughput supporting multiple
simultaneous streams, but also ensures that data is stored in a redundant manner
protecting content from data loss due to a potential hard drive failure.
Like a Drobo, Plex does not require advanced IT knowledge to configure and interface with the devices. Utilizing standards based
DLNA technology; Plex offers out of the box support for nearly all network enabled
televisions and media devices. Although DLNA is supported for simple integration, for the
best user experience, it's recommended to use a Plex capable client stored in the best
format for that platform (iOS, Android, Roku3, Samsung SmartTV, etc…). By creating
media content optimized for mobile streaming you can easily access your media on the
go with MyPlex. Using MyPlex you can have access to your content stored on the Drobo
streaming directly to your mobile devices.
While the Plex Media Server core application is compatible with all Drobos, it previously required a host computer. With the
introduction of Plex for Drobo Apps, connected devices can now stream directly from the Drobo 5N.
NOTE - Plex supports multiple video, audio, and photo formats. For full details on supported formats, visit their
website. There are additional features that Plex offers that will not be covered in this guide.
Topics  Create a Plex Media Share  Enabling DroboApps and Installing Plex Media Server  Configuring Plex Media Server  Plex Media Center
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Drobo 5N The latest Drobo Dashboard and firmware release http://www.drobo.com/start/drobo-­‐5n-­‐start.php Plex Media Center (Optional/Recommended) http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/index.php Prerequisites This document assumes that a Drobo storage device has been installed, configured, and is discoverable by the Drobo Dashboard. If these steps have not been completed, follow the Getting Started Guide available at the URL below. http://www.drobo.com/start/download/doc/Drobo-­‐5N-­‐getting-­‐started-­‐en.pdf drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
Create a Plex Media Share STEP 1 Load the Drobo Dashboard and select the 5N. STEP 2 On the Shares tab, click the Share Settings button to create a network share that will be used with Plex. NOTE – While Plex does not require a dedicated share, it is recommended. This configuration limits what data will be automatically indexed and added to Plex. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 3 Enter a name for the share that will be used by Plex. In this example the share name Plex will be used. Click OK to continue. STEP 4 Configure user access for the Plex share and click OK to complete the wizard. NOTE – User access only affects share level access. Plex does not include user level access for streaming clients. All streaming clients can see all data added to Plex. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 5 Click on the newly created share to map it to the host computer. Copy video, audio, and image content to the newly created Plex share. It is recommended that a separate folder is used for each media type. NOTE – Drobo Dashboard on Windows hosts will prompt for a drive letter before mapping a share. Enabling DroboApps and Installing Plex Media Server STEP 1 Click the Drobo Settings link in the left column and then select Admin Settings. Select the Enable Drobo Apps checkbox and then click OK. Once DroboApps support has been enabled, a list of available applications will be automatically populated. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 2 Click the Drobo Apps link in the left column and then select Plex from the list of Drobo Apps. Click the Install button to begin the installation process. Plex will be automatically downloaded from Drobo and installed on the 5N. Configuring and Using Copy STEP 1 Once the Plex installation has completed, click the Config icon to begin the initial configuration process. A browser window will be will launched and the Plex Media Server interface loaded. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 2 To add media to the Plex library, click the + (Add Section) button under My Library. STEP 3 Select the Drobo from the list of Media Servers. NOTE – If no other Plex servers exist on the network, the Drobo will be automatically selected. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 4 Select the media type that will be added to the section. NOTE – This How-­‐To only covers adding Movies to Plex. Repeat the steps in this section to add other types of media or additional locations of the same media type. STEP 5 Enter a description in the Name field that characterizes the content to be added and then click Add a Folder. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 6 Click Browse Folders to navigate to the Plex share. STEP 7 Select the newly created Plex share from the list of all shares on the Drobo and click Add Folder. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 8 Verify the Section name and path are correct and click Add Section. STEP 9 Plex will now begin indexing the media in the newly created Section. NOTE – Depending on the amount and type of media, the indexing process can take considerable time. As items are processed the interface will automatically update. drobo.com | Configuring Plex Media Server on the Drobo 5N
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 10 Select a movie from the list and click Play to begin watching the content. Plex Media Server is now installed and ready to use. While Plex content can be accessed from a web browser, viewing content via the Plex Media Center (outlined in the next section) offers a superior user interface. Plex Media Center
Download and install Plex Media Center for the Mac or PC from the URL below.
http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/index.php
NOTE - Plex Media Server is optimized for a fullscreen user experience on a computer or television. To exit or return
to fullscreen mode, press “\” in OSX or “alt-enter” in Windows.
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Drobo How-To Guide
Drobo Apps - Configuring Plex Media Server
STEP 1 Launch Plex Media Server Once loaded, the Plex Media Server running on the Drobo will be automatically detected. Select Movies and press enter. STEP 2 Select All Movies and press enter. A list of all movie content added to the Plex Media Server in the previous step will be displayed. Select a movie and press enter to begin watching. Drobo Ÿ 2460 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA Ÿ www.drobo.com Ÿ 1.866.97.DROBO
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