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About Mikensan

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  1. Removing folders from plex server

    @IgorM See if you can update your WebOS, maybe you're on version 3.0?
  2. Best value DIY surveillance system?

    Questions I have: What direction should I look in for the best value? Server or pre-built NAS like Synology? Depends on how much effort you want to put in fine-tuning it for your needs vs connect and go. Would running any form of redundant RAID be recommended to protect against drive failure if I don't immediately setup cloud storage, even with NAS grade hard drives? RAID only guarantees uptime in the event of failure, which for video surveillance is pretty important. Would suck to have something happen and nothing to write to. Cloud storage would just be good for archival copies unless you have enough upload for the number of cameras you want to run (and room for normal use). Personally I don't see a need for keeping video more than 1-2 weeks for home depending on how long you might be away. Any videos of interest you would just move out into a backup, no need to backup everything. Generally I'm looking for advice on where to start, or recommendations on hardware to use, and what software would be easiest to configure. Storage has many solutions, just need to decide if you want to DIY to save a few dollars or have something with customer support that you just turn on? Make sure that whatever NVR software solution you chose works well with whatever camera you chose. I would look at their supported list of cameras. You have blue iris, zoneminder, milestone, ubiquiti, and a few others out there. You can learn them all just as easily as the other, so one suggestion is look at each solution and what cameras they support. Look at features / price, see what you want to buy. I made the mistake of buying an IP camera first, thinking just because it supported RTSP / ONVIF that it would work with anything. Not the case, have had a lot of issues. However Milestone supports ONVIF which pulled down all the settings for the RTSP stream and while not perfect, worked the best. Adding the RTSP stream directly resulted in frame drops, blurs, and artifacts - which if you're configuring alerts makes the effort moot. tl;dr - look through each vendor for a list of cameras, pick a camera then use the solution that supports it.
  3. The NAS that costs that much will typically have a slightly higher end processor to run better plugins like Plex. You're paying for the small form factor, turnkey solution, and software it runs. You can get cheaper multi-bay NAS's that only serve files (buffalo / western digital / etc...). However it will still cost more than buying a desktop with the same CPU. It's like asking why a gaming laptop costs more than a gaming desktop.
  4. Removing folders from plex server

    Assuming your TV is connected via wireless, when you're using Plex you don't get the option to cast to it? It may be worth your while to get a Chromecast. I think you can get a chromecast or a roku for $25? Opens up a whole world (minus amazon video).
  5. Offline (company computers only) file server?

    Org where I work uses Alfresco, seems pretty happy with it. Seems like a decent alternative to shitty sharpeoint. Their community edition is quite nice. For MDM we were using GOOD but it is a steaming pile of crap. Either the app or the device O/S would update and break functionality. Mobile devices should be limited anyway, wild wild west. Nobody wants their phone locked down and BYOD is just a bad idea imo. AD works fine on android/IOS depending on the app you use, I can access for SMB shares without any problems. However with everybody moving to two factor (smart cards for example) I foresee it being an issue long-term.
  6. Offline (company computers only) file server?

    I'd find a managed services company to both recommend and remotely configure this for you. Having somebody physically come on site is certainly expensive. If you just need help choosing and initial configuration then I could work something out with you/your-company. But for long term support I'd look at a managed services solution if you don't want/need a full-time IT guy.
  7. Does windows recognize its raid on reinstall

    Don't use Windows to raid disks, which I hope after Windows 8 isn't even possible... Use Storage Spaces to "cluster" them, in which case you can get your cluster back. If you want parity make sure you chose resiliency. Quickly went over this, looks right: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-set-up-storage-spaces-in-windows-10/
  8. Removing folders from plex server

    Those "folders" aren't really folders, they're filters to help you navigate a little easier. I'm not aware of a way to hide them, so in turn I'd just use your web browser to navigate to the plex server and use plex that way.
  9. Fillzilla

    Are they on the same subnet? If they're both windows machines, why not just \\IPADDRESS\Sharename?
  10. Removing folders from plex server

    Are you looking at this over DLNA?
  11. Fillzilla

    Oh the remote host/server, what FTP software are you using? Microsoft or FileZilla or BrandX?
  12. Best Off the shelf Nas for Plex 4k transcode

    I'd suggested making sure your videos are h265/hvec to help on storage and bitrate over the network if you're going to do 4k. Wish I could recommend something, nothing comes to mind :-(
  13. Something is not working if you had to create a hosts entry. When managing your hyper-v you should be using your domain admin account, no local accounts. If you want to use a local account it is a whole ordeal to get it to work remotely.
  14. Do i even need windows server OS?

    Applies to both actually
  15. Do i even need windows server OS?

    Just wanted to add that outside of virtualization the server's CPU can saturate a gigabit link without any problem. Things get a little squarely with a VM since you have hardware interrupts of the host and VM and if it doesn't support all the fancy virtualization protocols you may see some performance issues. That said I used a Core 2 duo as a ESXI host for a long time without any problems (the original 1.8ghz conroe one). Instead of mdadm I'd look at using OpenZFS(if linux) assuming you're just plugging the disks directly into the motherboard or on a HBA card. I find ZFS very easy (though if you use the command mentioned earlier you're just creating a striped array, no parity). To lightly touch on the off-topic side conversation, an average layman can fumble their way through Windows. Microsoft puts the same shit in 100 different places, hard to miss. Your typical gnome or KDE desktop - everything is in a single spot. You may end up digging around before you find what you're looking for. There is something to a UI being "idiot friendly." Why do you think iPhones are so popular? Though if you're just using a web browser and office suite, you'll never use terminal/shell.