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Manually Update Plex – FreeNAS iocage

Manual Plex Upgrade

  1. Download the newest Plex Update via Plex Dashboard Link
  2. Extract the file twice so folders can be accessed
  3. Rename folder plexmediaserver
    For Plex Pass Subscribers, rename plexmediaserver-plexpass

4. Stop the current Plex Jail
5. Open WinSCP and login to FreeNAS and browse to /mnt/iocage/jails/root/usr/local/share/
6. Rename existing plexmediaserver folder and add _old at the end
7. Copy the plexmediaserver folder you downloaded into the WinSCP window

8. Right-Click on the copied folder and set permissions recursively to 0775
9. Open the plexmediaserver folder and select the file Plex Media Server
10. Click New Link

11. Name the link Plex_Media_Server and click OK
12. Click the Link you created and select the Console Button
13. Enter the command: chmod -h 775 Plex_Media_Server

Upgrade Complete!

Update Plex – FreeNAS 11.2 iocage

Basic Plex Upgrade

  1. SSH into FreeNAS
  2. Type jls to list installed jails

3. Type jexec {n} csh where {n} is the installed jail ID
4. Type pkg upgrade

5. Type service plexmediaserver stop
6. Type service plexmediaserver start

Plex-Pass Upgrade

Change the following commands in step 5-6

5. Type service plexmediaserver_plexpass stop
6. Type service plexmediaserver_plexpass start

FreeNAS Alerting with Amazon AWS SNS

When setting up alerting on FreeNAS 11,x, I chose to use AWS’ free SNS Service. I was a SNS virgin before going through this, so I documented the procedures below.

  1. Assuming you already have an AWS Account (even if you arent paying for any services), you can add free SNS service to the account here: Amazon AWS SNS
  2. Upon logging into the SNS Dashboard, click “Create Topic

  3. Give the topic and Name and Display Name

  4. Click “Create Subscription“. The topic ARN will already be filled out, so just select Email for Protocol, and put in the email address to receive the alerts. You will receive an email requesting you to click a link to confirm the subscription.

  5. After subscription confirmation, click on the subscription and note the Region and ARN, as this will be used in FreeNAS later.

  6. While still logged in with your AWS account, go the the AWS Identity and Access Management console (IAM). https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/home#/home
  7. Click on the Users Menu, and then Add User. Create a Username and Select Programmatic Access as the access type.

  8. For policies for the user, select “AmazonSNSFullAccess“. (I am not sure if Full Access is required, but I didn’t have time to play around with lowest permissions needed.
  9. The final step on the AWS side, is to make note of the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key that is automatically created under the IAM user you just created.

  10. Login to your FreeNAS management console, and go to SystemAlert Services. Click Add Alert Service, and have all that AWS info ready as follows:Service Name: AWS-SNS
    Region: (Region found on the SNS Subscription)
    ARN: (ARN found on the SNS Subscription)
    Key ID: (Found under the AWS IAM account you created)
    Secret Key: (Found under the AWS IAM account you created)

  11. Click OK (Before you Send Test Alert), and then click Edit on the Alert Service again, and from there you can send test alert. In my case, there was about a 1 min delay before email came in.