Install & Configure MHDDFS Virtual Storage Pool

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MHDDFS is a fuse based driver. It is used to seamlessly combine several directories or mount points into a single virtual file system. Since it is not in the Linux kernel it uses a significant amount of processing power and suffers somewhat from reduced write performance. If that is not acceptable try to Install AuFS. For home server purposes MHDDFS is perfectly acceptable and simple to set up. There are only a handful of options of which a few are essential for basic customization.

Install HTPC Manager on Ubuntu Linux

HTPC Manager combines many media related applications and provides an easy way to view and control them in one place. It supports applications like CouchPotato, NZBGet and XBMC / Kodi among others. Currently it is still missing support for NZBDrone / Sonarr.

Install Headphones on Ubuntu 14.04

Install on Headphones Ubuntu Linux

Headphones is an automated music downloader and manager. It uses MusicBrainz service to query for music metadata which can unfortunately be unreliable at times. It is comparable to CouchPotato or Sonarr but for music. For improved security it is installed under it’s own user and group. Backing up settings and the library is very simple and only requires a database and configuration files to be saved.

Configure Static IP on Ubuntu Linux

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By default most Linux distributions including Ubuntu are configured with DHCP. This means that an IP address and some other parameters are configured automatically. The only issue with dynamic IP is that it can change making remote access a game of chance. Setting up static IP allows a user defined IP addresses that will remain the same unless changed manually.

Install NZBDrone / Sonarr on Ubuntu 14.04

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NZBDrone / Sonarr is an automated TV show manager and searcher. It will find and send TV episodes to your preferred download application. As a newcomer NZBDrone has an impressive amount of features that a more mature application like Sickbeard is missing. It is recommended to use a mono 3.6 or newer.

Install Media Browser 3 on Ubuntu Linux

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Media Browser is a media management application among other things. It allows you to browser and filter your collection with more precision. Metadata wise it does a lot of what XBMC and the like already do but MB lets you compartmentalize metadata retrieval and playback. This leaves XBMC to just playback content with no need for write access which is great when it comes to ensuring your data security and ease of configuration of new clients. The most unique and handy feature is probably it’s ability to transcode streaming video.

Compile & Install Mono 3.6 on Ubuntu Linux

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Mono is a .NET framework that is used by a various applications. Two of these are especially relevant to home server users. You can follow guides on how to Install Media Browser 3 on Ubuntu Linux and how to Install NZBDrone / Sonarr on Ubuntu Linux.

Install NZBGet on Ubuntu 14.04

Install NZBGet on Ubuntu Linux

NZBGet is a popular Newsgroup download application. It is similar to SABnzbd but only in a generalized sense. NZBGet is much faster and easier on system resources, it has modern features, is easier to use and simply looks better. NZBGet 12 can be installed from the official repository but unfortunately version 13 needs to be compiled. Installing and configuring version 13 not as simple as it could be but the extra features are worth the effort.

Install uTorrent Server on Ubuntu 14.04

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uTorrent is a well known bit torrent application that’s now available as a server application with a web GUI. It has features similar to those of the desktop version, thought not quite as many. When compared to other bit torrent applications like Transmission, uTorrent has far more advanced features. It is currently in alpha so bugs are likely to be encountered, it is still worth a try so lets install it!

Partition & Format Storage Disks in Linux

Partition & Format Storage Disks in LinuxThere are some great tools available on Linux to format and partition hard drives and other media. GParted is probably one of the best known tools out there. It has great functionality but it is a GUI application. In command line the options get thinner and more convoluted. Several older tools and commands don’t like GPT partitioning tables and so will not function properly. GPT partition tables are also needed to make use of hard drives larger than 2 TB.

Install CouchPotato on Ubuntu 14.04

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CouchPotato python based automated movie downloader. To be exact it will search for a movies and send them to a download application like NZBGet or uTorrent to do the actual downloading. I don’t trust CouchPotato to select the correct release since it is does not integrate with release databases. Instead I use it as a search aggregation and bookmark application for movies.