I’m no expert with Linux but I’m trying hard to improve my knowledge, I recently ran through some great CentOS videos on Pluralsight and after that tried to install Guacamole which is a clientless remote desktop gateway. The long and the short of it is I didn’t get it fully working but really enjoyed the process.
Anyhow as I mentioned in a previous post, I decided to install Plex on a Ubuntu server as I think my problem with Linux is the lack of visual prompts i.e. If I can see or draw something then I often understand the process better.
So after my initial vmware issues, I downloaded and installed Ubuntu and installed VMware tools:
Open the VMware Tools CD mounted on the Ubuntu desktop.
Right-click the file name that is similar to VMwareTools.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz, click Extract to, and select Ubuntu Desktop to save the extracted contents.
The vmware-tools-distrib folder is extracted to the Ubuntu Desktop.
To install VMware Tools in Ubuntu:
Open a Terminal window. For more information.
In the Terminal, run this command to navigate to the vmware-tools-distrib folder:
Run this command to install VMware Tools:
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
Note: The -d switch assumes that you want to accept the defaults. If you do not use -d, press Return to accept the defaults or supply your own answers.
Enter your Ubuntu password.
Restart the Ubuntu virtual machine after the VMware Tools installation completes.
Then I updated Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Next download the Plex Media server package
run from a terminal:
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_188.8.131.5223-648bc61d4_amd64.deb
(replace the filename with the name of the package you downloaded)
To setup Plex Media Server, on the same machine you installed the server on, open a browser window, and go to http://127.0.0.1:32400/web.
Then I decided it best to run Plex as a service so if the server rebooted I wouldn’t have to logon:
sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service
Finally I need to map a drive so I could access the media (photos etc) on my windows server again in a fashion where if the server rebooted it would map.
To do this you need cifs utils to connect to windows shares:
sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
Then you need to create a directory to mount the share too like so:
sudo mkdir /media/windowsshare
Then add the the share and add the Windows credentials that have permission to the share via the config file /etc/fstab, to add this line:
Sudo nano /etc/fstab //192.168.1.2/share /media/windowsshare cifs username=BohemianUser,password=BohemianPassword,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0
Finally, test the fstab entry by issuing:
sudo mount -a
If there are no errors, you should test how it works after a reboot. Your remote share should mount automatically.
See if you have access via Plex.