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  1. Feb 6, 2021 - New DDoS Plex Media Server Vulnerability? Seems to be a number of recent news posts, like this one that PLEX Media Server is enabling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks across a number of vulnerable servers/systems. My understanding is that this is as much a network configuration issue as a PLEX software issue, as it seems to reply exploiting router port configuration (32400-32414) vulnerabilities. As PLEX is configured, users often enable external (internet) access to media (movies, music, etc) from one their server to other external devices (iPhones, tablets, etc
  2. Nothing I can really share. I do have an APC UPS attached, and it seems to run around 150 watts on idle. If I get data from it, I’ll post it in this thread. FWIW- The 1050 is a nice add -IF- you plan to do transcoding with Plex, otherwise, I’d not bother. The VM performance on the T310 is “less than stellar” of late with build 6.8.3. And I’m happier to just have a headless NAS, with a Win10x64 image for a VM running a qbitorrent, and a Plex Docker. If I had it to do over, I’d build on a more modern SuperMicro base. But hey, cheap hardware. Update: So, I went back to look
  3. 22 OCTOBER 2020 - System & Network re-configuring. So I moved the Dell T310 server from "Cold standby" to our temporary rental house, that has Verizon FIOS (200mbs) service. So, sadly, nothing much to report - except more trials and tribulations setting up my network. Went to a new IP home address system. Systems came up ok, but the VMs are giving me issues, and only partially connecting to services. No idea why. Example, a google search will produce links, but clicking on any link ends up just hanging in FireFox like there is a DNS conflict - yet everything looks good when I p
  4. So, bit of an update here. The Zotac P106-90 Card just arrived. (Looks like crap, but might still work.) For $30 on eBay, worth the shot. I might be able to do something with a "folding" computational machine, if nothing else. And if it's a working card, and I can't do anything with it, back on eBay it goes at a really good price. (shrug) Hardly a loss when I think about it- as I will have learned something. Reminder: My goal is PLEX Transcoding within a Docker using the NVIDIA port of unRAID; not to run a gaming Windows 10 VM. (Sorry if that disappoints, but hey... these ar
  5. Am ordering one now off eBay, and will follow up on this after I have some chance to test it out. Everyone I've talked to says it's "possible" but has not yet been tested. Also, I don't expect the performance of a 1080GTX, but if it can do a h265 transcode - it will be worth it.
  6. 08 AUGUST 2020 - System down for a bit. Put the Dell T310 server on "Cold standby" as the temps in the basement were getting outrageous, and that's where my home office is. We're planning a house renovation, so this is a short term summer heat issue. So, sadly, nothing to report. Did finally give up on Verizon DSL and went to Comcast (200mbs) service. I'm not pushing the 1TB data cap yet, so no real concern there either. And if I did, I'd adjust the service to unlimited downloads via a business account. I am going to add another SDD to the system to run my VMs through, but that's a
  7. 25 JULY 2020 - A long overdue 2 month update. First, I'm doing "ok" with the Pandemic. No illness in the family. Had a colleague die from it, and another recover from it. Not my idea of fun. I also have "ditched" Verizon DSL in favor of a Comcast 200/5mbs dry drop (internet only). After being on it for a month, I am "good" with the stability that I've finally been able to get. Yes, the 1TB data cap sucks, but I've not been bumping up against it (yet), so I am not too worried. And since I don't serve out of the house (and am not traveling) - Comcast 200/5 beats the 4.0/0
  8. Tuesday, 26 MAY 2020 - nCOVID19 Edition, Day 71 Still working at home remotely from my daytime job. Local area is pretty much shut down at the moment, as we remain a "hot spot" of local infections, some over 50% in local population testing. The past Western Digital "WD Re 4TB Datacenter Capacity Hard Disk Drive" has not had another single error, so I think it was the Windows 10 VM that gave it some "throwback" error in data. Replaced my router (I'm on Verizon DSL, which stinks!) and solved most of my networking issues by using a DLink DIR-1950 router. No iss
  9. Worked like a charm for me, glad to find this in the forums... thanks much!
  10. Thursday, 29 APRIL 2020 - Cabin Fever Edition Still working at home remotely from my daytime job. The previous issues with a Western Digital "WD Re 4TB Datacenter Capacity Hard Disk Drive" appears to be working fine. Zero errors since cable checkup and reboot. May have been due to a Windows VM I was running. So, maybe dodged the bullet there. Had some networking issues, and ended up bricking my TP-Link AC1750 router. I liked that thing. Will continue to see if I can "unbrick" it, but at this point, it won't even allow a TFTP link into it. Was trying to forc
  11. Can an admin on the forum contact me, want to check the appropriateness/acceptance of a possible announcement post on the forum. Thank you,
  12. Wednesday, 21 APRIL 2020 - STAY AT HOME EDITION! I am still working at home remotely from my daytime job, and mostly continuing to do minor maintenance with unRAID 6.8.3. I ran into some interesting issues with a Western Digital "WD Re 4TB Datacenter Capacity Hard Disk Drive" (7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 inch WD4000FYYZ) recently. It came up with a couple of read errors, which I think are cable interface issues. So I'll have to crack the case to see "what's up" soon. Smart Drive Report only shows "Extended offline Testing - Completed without error", but it
  13. Wednesday, 08 APRIL 2020 - Nothing much new. So, mostly minor maintenance with unRAID 6.8.3. I am working at home remotely from my daytime job, so that keeps me busy for the most part. during the day. In between, I am loading up my Plex library ( with movies ripped from the DVDs we have, and make the occasional over the air (OTA) TV recording from the HomeRunHD Duo on the network. Mostly doing small stuff. I did install BOINC in a Windows 10 WM and ran that for a few "quadrillion" cycles. Simple software install to do protein folding in the hopes of finding vaccines
  14. Hi GPL! Thanks for the shout out! Much appreciated! You’re (and fellow T310 users) exactly why I wrote all those posts. The Dell T310 is a pretty solid platform for a modest set of user needs. My three regrets, - the choice of 3 add in drive bays on top (I’d suggest something sturdier and trayless) - nVidia graphics card not working in VMs - not using OpenVPN (now much easier with 6.8.3 working inside of dockers) If you get a nVidia graphics to work in a VM, you gotta promise to share. I bet I’m just missing something trivial, and I’m still
  15. Decided to wait a bit to make sure that there were no major issues with the release. Then the Novel CoronaVirus-19 hit, and I had to catch up on moving my operations home from my work office. Long story short, downloaded the update, stopped my VMs, stopped my Dockers, updated Plex ( and then stopped the array & rebooted. Everything restarted just fine. - Thanks Guys!
  16. 22FEB2020 UPDATE Server continues to run fine since the update to 6.8.2. Did have the opportunity to increase storage, and added two 4TB WD Re enterprise drives, replacing the pair of 600GB Cheetah drives I had. Since I wanted to test out the robustness of the parity drive, I decided to pull the drive and "cold swap" them, allowing the new formatted drive to rebuild. This worked out rather well, and the drives rebuilt the "new" 4TB drive with zero errors in about 6 hours - and allowing for the 3.4TB of additional storage space. Since I have some extra 4TB WD Re enterprise drives,
  17. 15FEB2020 UPDATE Server has been running fine since the update to 6.8.2. Plex & VMs are running consistently and without any issues. Updated the Plex docker (Now at Version, and that seems to be working fine. And since I am away from home on travel next week, I am going to leave the configuration unchanged.
  18. Updated from 6.8.0 to 6.8.2 - Spun down all the VMs and Dockers first. Went well. No issues with Plex docker (upgraded it too!) Had one issue with the Windows 10VM, but after resetting the GPU and Chrome remote desktop interface, it worked fine again. Thanks!
  19. Just a note here, that using the /tmp for RAMDISK enabled my transcription and overall playability with Plex to be a lot smoother. Even with lower RAM available, I think this is still a wise thing to enable on any unRAID system for these kinds of issues.
  20. 01FEB2020 Update - And upgraded to 6.8.2 So I upgraded from 6.8.0 to 6.8.2, and as usual, my Windows 10 VM RDP is "dead" (unreachable by Chrome RDP) again. No idea why this happens. This seems to be some weird Windows 10 update issue that causes the VM to be unreachable through the Chrome RDP. Annoying, but if I go back in and rebuild the image, it comes back again. Otherwise, the system has been mostly rock solid. Drives seem happy, and the system temps have all been reasonable, including inside the bays and trays. Might add one more case fan just to reduce the temp a
  21. Thanks for sharing back! I think you looked at a bunch of problems very systematically, and I like the lower bay drive cage adapter. That is very cool. Will keep that in mind if I need to add more drives. And yeah, I always update my NIC card Firmware first thing after installing then. Been bitten by that issue far too many times. Emby sounds like a better solution for your set up. And for now, I am sticking with Plex in a docker. I solved most of my issues (remote access, stutter, etc.) with changing the NAT tables in my DSL modem and router. You
  22. 01 JANUARY 2020 - HAPPY NEW DECADE So, the Dell T310 has mostly been stable, without much in the way of issues. Updated to 6.8.0 - and so far, so good. Drives are all up and with zero errors, well within temperature tolerances (less than 100*F). My two main issues have been the Plex Docker image, and the Windows 10 VM. So the Plex Media Server docker (PlexInc version) runs for the most part well, and I added a SiliconDust HomerunHD Duo to be able to watch and record a couple of local stations I can't get on my DirecTV. But - I am still struggling with Plex being "in and
  23. So, I did not post this view, but it has my curiosity up... what are others’ thoughts on this view? (I have issues with it, but appreciate perspective if others). ”NAS drives are for qnaps etc proper Nas devices (while) unraid was designed around the Idea of using a bunch of desktop hard drives together with redundancy for failure. I personally use shucked drives (that are) cheaper and just as good as a (bare) drive.”
  24. 07 DECEMBER 2019 - PEARL HARBOR RECREATION ENACTMENT ON MY SERVER BY TEAMVIEWER I started using TeamViewer remote desktop because it worked fairly well. I only had my one server, and I am not running it for a commercial service in any way shape or form. (I work for the government, and they frown on such things.) However, just moments ago as I was trying to resolve an issue with my Windows 10 VM, the software popped up with a "We're taking away your connection" ransom note. I thought this was a joke, but this is EXACTLY why I had seen so many others saying that TeamViewer was no lon
  25. Thanks for the handover @Jonathanm! Ok, first, the system will boot on 2GB - but you will definitely want to get more memory. (And I have 8GB if you want to buy or trade for it. I upgraded to 32GB, and not going back.) 😃 At 2GB, you can't do much, but it's enough to "play with" unRAID. Next, you can boot unRAID in the T310 from the internal (or external) USB. I know, I do it with mine. (See >My first hobby “TOWER”< postings and updates. Have lots of photos of my system for other to follow.) Here is my suggestion: Put the USB key into the inside or fro