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Discussion Two Plex Media Servers pointing at the same Google Drive folders?

matt314159

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I'm about to set this up and just see what happens, but I have a Hetzner Ex42 dedi server located in Finland. I'm located in Iowa. PlexGuide, google drive, it all works great. The throughput on playback can at times be a bit of a challenge but I can reliably stream about 20mbps bitrate files just fine. Blu-Ray Remuxes tend to want to buffer when direct playing, however. And 4K Remuxes are out of the question.

However, in addition to Hetzner, I have a local Plex Media Server running windows 10 on my 300/10 cable internet at home on StableBit DrivePool. I can access my google drive with Google Drive File Stream, and accessing it this way, I can play 4K Remuxes like butter. They start quickly, they never buffer, the performance difference is night and day.

So I'm thinking of setting up two servers both pointing at my Google Drive:

Hetzner: My download/Processing/Staging/Management server and also PMS that all my remote users connect to for their streams.
Local: Plex Media Server only; Playback only within my local network. I want my 4K Remuxes.

Will this result in me getting API banned? It would be two PMS instances looking at the same set of media folders on Google Drive, one through PlexGuide's UnionFS and one through Windows 10 Google File Stream. Additionally, I'd be running Sonarr and Radarr on my Hetzner/Plexguide server.

Am I good? Will I regret it somehow through causing problems with my google drive or is there anything I've overlooked or should consider instead? It seems pretty logical to let me stream my super-high bitrate files directly from google at home and bypass hetzner for much better performance, but I want to make sure I think it through properly.

Thanks.

Edit- Something that might also be pertinent is that I'll have a pretty large movie collection, within six months up in the 3-4,000 range and a hundred or more complete TV series. The TV series I can probably stream from hetzner if that helps keep the number of API hits down. But the movies are really what I want to be able to stream at the highest bitrates.
 
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matt314159

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Okay, that's perfect, thanks. Hetzner's already set up and happy so I'll configure the plex library on my Win10 home server after work and get the initial scan taken care of. I only have about 350 movies right now and no TV shows so that should be relatively painless.
 

matt314159

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Yeah I've got 60TB on my home server but starting over in the cloud redownloading it all. This is a bit over a week's worth of new additions, sitting around 6TB in my google drive. Maxing out the 750GB/day.
 

bedpan

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Try out the GCE Edition. You get a free $300 credit with each Gmail account you have/create. With that and PG Blitz you can hit a few TB a day! Not much harder to setup.. Mind you have not setup Move in awhile.
 

fr0sty

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Okay, that's perfect, thanks. Hetzner's already set up and happy so I'll configure the plex library on my Win10 home server after work and get the initial scan taken care of. I only have about 350 movies right now and no TV shows so that should be relatively painless.
Dont try to plex scan using google file stream, it doesnt work out well. Best to start a VM and install ubuntu/plexguide again. No need for domain etc in a local instance and you can access Tdrive thus exceeding your current 750gb/day cap.
 

matt314159

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Dont try to plex scan using google file stream, it doesnt work out well. Best to start a VM and install ubuntu/plexguide again. No need for domain etc in a local instance and you can access Tdrive thus exceeding your current 750gb/day cap.
Thanks. Yeah I had noticed my local plex instance getting a little crashy but realized last night that I forgot to exclude the GDFS mount from backblaze so for the past like week it's been trying to upload my google drive into backblaze via my PC at 10mbps upload. I had wondered why my upload was shitty lately.

I removed the movies library and only have it pointing to my 4K Movies library right now. I don't expect that library to grow at nearly the rate the main one does so I'm going to keep an eye on it in coming weeks and see if it is stable now and if so just leave it alone.
 

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