Painless Plex Migration | Linux Action Show 334

Painless Plex Migration | Linux Action Show 334

Our guide to moving your Plex, btsync, SmokePing, and others to a new Linux server. And our take on how the Intel NUC performs as a home server with heavy Plex usage.

Plus the big features coming to a distro near you & has Netflix coming to Linux shown us how Linux users are now “all-in with DRM”? We debate.

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Migrate Plex and btsync to a new server.


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NUC Linux Server

Intel Nuc D54250WYKH

The Intel NUC D54250WYKH has many useful features, including four USB 3.0 ports, an infrared sensor, a headphone/microphone jack, Mini HDMI*, and Mini DisplayPort* video interfaces, and extra space to accommodate 2.5-inch HDD or SSD drives to support a variety of home or small office usages.

  • The chubby NUC has room for a 2.5 Inch SSD which was great for my OS and still has the standard PCI Mini storage slot

  • Low noise profile, not silent. But very quiet, about three feet away I can’t hear it.

Performance of the NUC

The power consumption at the wall was measured with the display being driven through the mini-HDMI port. In the graphs below, we compare the idle and load power of the D54250WYK with other low power PCs evaluated before. For load power consumption, we ran Furmark 1.12.0 and Prime95 v27.9 together.

Idle Power Consumption

Load Power Consumption (Prime95 + FurMark)

Moving Plex Media Server to another server

1 . Set up coming UID and GIDs between your NFS and app server.
2. When migrating, try to keep the same file paths. IE: /mnt/nfs was where I had the media nfs mount on the previous box.
3. Setup your fstab, when possible use systemd to mount so the mount is network aware.

Mount using /etc/fstab with systemd

Another method is using the systemd automount service. This is a better option than _netdev, because it remounts the network device quickly when the connection is broken and restored. As well, it solves the problem from autofs, see the example below:


servername:/home   /mountpoint/on/client  nfs  users,noauto,x-systemd.automount,x-systemd.device-timeout=10,timeo=14,noatime 0 0

**Tip: **noauto above will not mount the NFS share until it is accessed: use auto for it to be available immediately.
If you have any issues with the mount failing due to the network not being up/available, enable NetworkManager-wait-online.service: this will ensure that has all the links available prior to being active.

  1. Stop Plex on your current server.
  2. Copy your old Plex Media Server configs to the new server:
  • In general, the location for the various Linux versions of Plex Media Server will be found under:

    $PLEX_HOME/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/

Make sure that the directories and contents are all owned by plex:plex.


  • XBMC library updates, poster/fanart downloads, and NFO/TBN generation
  • configurable episode renaming
  • available for any platform, uses simple HTTP interface
  • can notify XBMC, Growl, or Twitter when new episodes are available
  • specials and double episode support
  • Automatic XEM Scene Numbering/Naming for seasons/episodes
  • Episode Status Manager now allows for mass failing seasons/episodes to force retrying.
  • DVD Order numbering for returning the results in DVD order instead of Air-By-Date order.
  • Improved Failed handling code for shows.
  • DupeKey/DupeScore for NZBGet 12+
  • Searches both, and for shows, seasons, episodes
  • Importing of existing video files now allows you to choose which indexer you wish to have SickBeard search its show info from.
  • Your tvshow.nfo files are now tagged with a indexer key so that SickBeard can easily tell if the shows info comes from TheTVDB or TVRage.
  • Sports shows are now able to be searched for..

Moving btsync between servers

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  1. Copy down your paths and keys
  2. Shutdown btsync on your old system
  3. Depending on your version you need to remove the .sync folder, or the .Sync folders. Newest versionf of btsync will asking you if you want “take owner ship”.
  4. “Add Folder” and put your folder path in.
  5. Edit the sync listing and click “view key” then click update key.
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  6. Post your orginal key you copied down early in. Now btsync will connect up to your peers.

Easy SmokePing Install and Setup

How to use this image

A. Pull down the SmokePing Docker image: mokeping Docker Image | Docker Hub Registry

docker pull dperson/smokeping

B. Start the Docker image

sudo docker run --name smokeping -p 8000:80 -d dperson/smokeping

C. Visit http://localhost:8000/smokeping/smokeping.cgi


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bithammer · GitHub

Hey Chris and Matt, I thought I’d share this cool program BitHammer if you haven’t already heard of it. If you haven’t BitHammer searches out and bans BitTorrent users on your local sub-net. That means if you travel and work (Ohio LinuxFest), often using shared Wi-Fi. This is nice because many people have been plagued by rogue BitTorrent users who’ve crept onto these public hostpots either with a stolen/cracked password, or who lie (and the Wi-Fi owners) about it.

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