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Poore

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I'm not sure what would be the best option. I have always hosted a home Plex server on Win 10. Storage has become a big issue and I see no end of adding hard drives. I built an Ubuntu server this weekend and ran through the plexguide install and for the most part everything went well but still learning Linux which I have found I really enjoy.
Here are my current settings. I plan to share to 10 people at most. At least for now:
ATT fiber 1000 up and down. Unlimited
i7-4790k with 16GB of RAM
Ubuntu is on 512 SSD
20TB os HDD

What would be the best solution? I live in the midwest and was looking at Joes Datacenter and that seems pricey for what you get.
 

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Nice Station.
Welcome to PGuide First.

First Think is :
Share you Plex over the Internet ?
Share you Plex over Network ?

Which kontent you want to share ?
 

Poore

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Currently, I share over internet and network. I would only be sharing mostly to family and friends that live around me within North America at most.
 

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Which kontent ?
1080p 4k ?
 

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I would do it this way.
Keep local as long as possible and upload it to the cloud at about 30% rest space.
This would put less pressure on your Internet line.

your system is ready for this.

Of course you can also sync it.

if it is locally older than 30 days, then upload it to the cloud
 
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Poore

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Never thought of doing that. Great idea! I'm glad I reached out and asked for some insight. I appreciate the help!
 

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I'm not sure what would be the best option. I have always hosted a home Plex server on Win 10. Storage has become a big issue and I see no end of adding hard drives. I built an Ubuntu server this weekend and ran through the plexguide install and for the most part everything went well but still learning Linux which I have found I really enjoy.
Here are my current settings. I plan to share to 10 people at most. At least for now:
ATT fiber 1000 up and down. Unlimited
i7-4790k with 16GB of RAM
Ubuntu is on 512 SSD
20TB os HDD

What would be the best solution? I live in the midwest and was looking at Joes Datacenter and that seems pricey for what you get.
There are quite a few posts in the forums where it is explained how to migrate your content into google drive if you are looking to do so. One thing that you will need to be aware of is that you will be using your uplink to upload your content to google drive, then when you want to share your content to external users, you will download (stream) that google drive content and then use your upload again to send it out. Using the GCE function of plexguide where a Google cloud instance takes care of the downloading and uploading of the content to google drive will help if you are looking for "unlimited" storage.

This will enable your server to download and stream the content to devices that are hopefully direct streaming it. 10 users all transcoding will eat that systems resources just like it would for a Xeon dedicated server. Passmark for that CPU is 11,179 and rule of thumb is 2,000 per 1080p stream, 4,000 per 4k stream as per Plex's forums regarding transcoding. I had a server that had a passmark score of 4540 transcode 4 streams at once in 1080p with no problem. Your gbit uplink isn't going to be a bottle neck, it could be the hardware and how the end users are streaming (transcode or direct stream)

If you are going to use google drive you may not even need that 20TB setup once the items have been transfered. Google drive has a 750GB upload limit per day if you use the basic PlexGuide setup and you can multiply this per PGBlitz account as well. Just make sure plex is installed and the /tmp folder is on the SSD.

@mythbuster shared this with me and it might help you look for dedicated servers in your region: https://www.wholesaleinternet.net/cart/?id=260

Hope this helps.

EDIT: You can host and do home, just do the GCE Feeder route to fill google drive!
 
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no problem if questions are.

always ask.

Many people like to help here.
 

Poore

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Thank you both for the info. So far I've made it to installing GCE Feeder version and figured out there is nothing to select anymore it appears to auto-detect GCE and do the install for you. There are so many write-ups about how to install this but iPlexguide seems to be updating much faster than the documentation. I've made a few noted and if I have time I'll try to write up something. Might be good coming from a user that has never touched Linux before now.
 
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Poore

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I think the big issue is I'm not giving it enough time to work. I'm expecting to see something relatively quickly.
 

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I'm pretty much in the same boat. I have gbit internet at home, but don't really have the machine to dedicate PlexGuide on. I'm saving some money to purchase a Dell Optiplex and a 1TB SSD.
 
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