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Part 3 - Setting up the services

You have finished Part 2 - Installing the necessary apps, congratulations! You are now a Linux expert, all the hard work is done. All that is left is to set up your various services.

Let's begin with Plex.

Configuring Plex


We now need to restart PuTTY in localhost mode to set up the Plex server using our local browser.

Open a new terminal window, select your saved Plex session and click "Load".


Don't click "Open" yet, first, look for Connection in the menu on the left hand side, open up SSH and click "Tunnels".

In the field behind Source port type: 32400
In the field behind Destination type: localhost:32400
Click "Add".


Now click "Open".

Login as plexuser and the password you created in Part 1 - Super simple three step installation.

Leave the terminal open on your desktop and open your local computer browser.

Visit this link:

http://127.0.0.1:32400/web

If all goes well, you will be presented with a Plex login screen. You're doing fantastic!


Sign in with your Plex credentials, or create a new account if you are new to Plex.

If you already have a Plex server elsewhere, you may see this screen instead:


Either will bring you to the next screen and then this:


Give your Plex server a name and continue with the next screen. If you wish, you can add your libraries now. You can find your files in /media/Plex - though you should see the folder right on your first screen:


You can finish setting up Plex now, or later (your Plex server will be available at https://app.plex.tv from now on). You can click away your PuTTY session as well, we're done with that.

Organizing with Organizr


If you setup Organizr to use your domain or subdomain (and if you made sure you pointed the A-record to the IP address of your VPS), you can now visit that domain.

If however you have no idea what I am talking about, you will need to visit the IP address of your VPS instead. Remember Part 1 - Creating an infinite Plex server using a VPS and Cloud service where you learned how to access your VPS by entering the IP address in PuTTY? That is the address you need.


In the example above, the IP address you will need to visit in your local browser is http://123.45.67.890 - substitute the text in red with your own IP address. You should be presented with this screen:


Great! We're about to get organized! Make sure you select the time zone of where you live and click "Save Location".

Next, create a user and password for your Organizr account:


Success!


Organizr is a versatile tool, but for now we'll just set up the basics so that you will have easy access to all your services. Click "Edit Tabs":


You will now need to add seven tabs with the following content, follow my lead:


Service: Address: Image:
Home homepage.php leave blank (default)
Plex http://123.45.67.890:32400 images/plex.png
Tautulli http://123.45.67.890:8181 images/tautulli.png
Sonarr http://123.45.67.890:8989 images/sonarr.png
Radarr http://123.45.67.890:7878 images/radarr.png
Deluge http://123.45.67.890:8112 images/deluge.png
Netdata http://123.45.67.890:19999 images/netdata.png

Of course you will need to substitute the red IP address with your own, or your web URL.

Place a checkmark in the "Default" page you want to see when you open up Organizr. I picked Plex, but you can select whichever you want.

The end result will look like this:


Don't forget to click "Save tabs"!


You can do a lot more with Organizr, but I will let you figure the rest out by yourself. Eventually you can install many exciting features:


Any time you wish to access any of your services, all you need to do is visit your IP address (or website) - and all your important links are available from the menu bar on the left hand side of the page.

Plex and Tautulli


You can click the icons on the left hand side of the menu to have easy access to Plex and Tautulli (formerly PlexPy).

Sonarr and Radarr


Sonarr and Radarr are powerful programs that can serve to find new content and then organize and monitor it.

You can import your existing series from /media/Plex and then the folder that contains your TV shows or movies, respectively.

Deluge


Deluge is a lightweight BitTorrent client that can be used to download content. The default password is "deluge" - please change it to a password of your choice!

Once logged in you'll be presented with this screen:


Make sure you click "Connect" and then let's look into a few important settings.

Click Downloads (first item in the left hand column) and set "Download to" to:

/home/plexuser/downloads/incomplete

Tick "Move complete to:" and set that to:

/home/plexuser/downloads

The folders were already created with the installation.


Then click "Apply".

Click Plugins (last item in the left hand column) and make sure there is a checkmark in "Labels".


Click Apply, then Ok. You can tweak other settings as you wish.

Netdata


The last item in the Organizr menu is Netdata. This program will give you a nice insight in your server's performance. A heavily loaded server would look like this for example:


Below a server with a much lighter workload:


Hopefully your server will mostly perform somewhat in between those two extremes, which means you picked the right one for the job.

Coming soon


I'm still working on adding Plex backup and restore scripts. Hoping to finish this in the coming days, weeks.

Final thoughts


If you want to visit any of your services directly, you can manually visit the address by typing IP:port. For example, to access Tautulli directly, type

http://123.45.67.890:8181

Obviously you have to substitute the part in red with your own IP (or web) address. You can do so with all other services, such as http://123.45.67.890:8989 for Sonarr, http://123.45.67.890:7878 for Radarr, http://123.45.67.890:8181 for Deluge and http://123.45.67.890:19999 to access Netdata directly from your browser.

Happy Plexing!

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