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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.

In fact, the only service that needs any explaining is Plex.


Plex is the second most fiddly of all installations... because you will only have a limited time frame to complete the task. No worries, if you follow these steps, you'll be running Plex before you know it.

Because Plex is so moody, I suggest you make some preparations first in getting your domain ready. You will need to visit your domain provider, and set up an A record for each service you add.

So, visit your domain registrar (mine is CloudFlare) and follow their instructions to create an A record for plex and point that to the IP address of your VPS:

I suggest you wait a few minutes to allow the domain to propagate, then proceed with the installation. You will be asked to copy and paste your claim token. Visit the site and click Copy to Clipboard.

Then head back to PuTTY and right click to paste.

Did you notice that the Plex claim website mentioned you only have 4 minutes to complete the claim? Yeah... that is not a lot of time! So as soon as the installation has finished, don't hesitate and run over to visit https://yourdomain:8443 (use your actual domain of course) and don't forget to add the :8443 behind the domain.

You will be asked to log in, so please do just that.

You should be able to proceed and set up your Plex server:

Congratulations, Plex is installed and claimed as yours!

Note: if something goes wrong (for example the 4 minutes expire without being able to claim the server - or if your domain has not properly propagated yet), you will need to uninstall Plex and delete all user settings. Then wait a few minutes and repeat the process.

You can find your content under /Media:

As for Emby, it is much easier to setup than Plex. The link should pop right up after installation. As you go through the setup, add your media by selecting the /Media folder.

After you're done, make sure you create a backup - so you will never need to reclaim your server or add your libraries again.

Sonarr, Radarr, Deluge etc.

You can link Sonarr, Radarr, Deluge etc together by referring to their individual containers and default port number. Now, this probably sounds confusing, so I'll use an example to explain what I meant.

This is the Download Clients menu in Sonarr. In order for Sonarr to talk to Deluge, you will need to provide the Deluge host as "deluge", the port number as "8112" and leave Use SSL unticked.

That way every application can communicate with each other.

I have many more questions!

I'm so glad you asked... Gooby participant "deedeefink" has put together an excellent Wiki on Github. Check it out!