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Carlo last won the day on February 3 2016

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  1. Carlo

    Windows 10 support etc

    You're not screwed at all. But MS is being smart and they are not "touching" domain computers (and they shouldn't!!!). All you have to do is login to the local administrator account to initiate the upgrade. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_upgrade/domain-joined-windows-781-pro-upgrades-to-windows/af5d843c-f39c-4196-9ec9-33ea917cea21?auth=1 Carlo
  2. It's more resource intensive, but it gets the job done quicker/faster during scanning which is more important to me with a big library. But during scanning Plex gets done faster and doesn't put any hurt on my machines so I'd never consider this a reason to switch. I myself would say Emby is far more resource intensive overall when it doesn't need to be then Plex is. read on As a "power user", I too prefer the user management style of Emby over Plex. To the "average" system op, this probably isn't as important as plex.tv gets the job done (I prefer the user control myself). Not sure about your "quality comment". Quality of what? ie Server, Clients, etc? How do you quantify that? Without core work, Emby isn't going to be able to take advantage of GPU offloading in a way to make a lot of difference across the board. Plex could still serve up the videos to more clients even without using this offloading. Take for example the following: In Plex land you can pre-transcode all your videos to MP4 using h.264 (4.0 comp) with an AAC audio track. This will natively playback via Plex on every device assuming it has the bandwidth. So if you aren't bandwidth bound (clients or server) you can direct play to many clients via Plex just by have pre-transcoded/remuxed your media to this "common/universal" format. Now take this same media and playback from Emby and it's hit or miss. For example if a user plays the same video back from Chrome web browser that they just direct played via Plex it will transcode via Emby as it will want to transcode to Webm format which isn't needed. It also needlessly downgraded the quality. So there is really no such thing as a "universal" format for Emby as there can be for Plex. This limits the amount of clients Emby can stream to compared to Plex with a well thought out library format. This ALSO hinders the use off GPU offloading. What good does it do to have the ability to offload up to 2 QS streams if not all clients can use 264? The hardware offloading would be easier right now to incorporate into Plex then Emby. Plex has a much better thought out "engine" for transcoding then Emby does. You can really see the differences when you know what to look for and what are common problems. For example how each handles transcoding when you have subtitles turned on (depends on device doing playback). voice/audio sync problems are much more a problem with Emby than Plex, etc... CPU use during transcoding, number of simultaneous transcodes, etc... Emby right now can't compete with Plex in this department. This to me is the "heart" of a media streaming solution. I've got family/friends who have iPads, Androids, PS4, ChromeCasts, Samsung TVs, Xbox, Rokus, web browsers. IMHO, when you get right down to it, you NEED to have the proper clients and a "transcode" engine that is well thought out and fully functional. Everything else is "eye candy". With that said there are other things I truly love about Emby and wish Plex would do. I have a "love/hate" relationship both both programs! Carlo
  3. Or just use FileBot to rename your movies and TV Shows before adding them to Plex.
  4. Hello lee1978, I didn't notice you said DTS "HD". Thought you just said "DTS". "HD" is harder to get working as Plex doesn't recognize "HD" vs "DTS". All the meta data just says "DTS". However pass through should still do the trick. You will definitely want to search through the forums located here: https://forums.plex.tv/ At present they are down due to a hacker. I believe you will need a PlexPass to search for this as the good info on DTS-HD will be in Plexpass forums. As for the Xbox One. Plex has submitted a new version (the one you will want) to MS for approval but there is an issue they are fixing before resubmitting. This version will help with DTS passthrough as well as provide native MKV support and due away with the 20mbit limit. Currently MS has a bug that affects DTS with 3rd party apps which comes into play also. The MP4 container (as well as Plex) can support DTS. If you look at the original spec of MP4 you'll see it wasn't supported but revisions years ago have allowed it. Tools such as HandBrake, ffmpeg will easily put DTS in MP4s. I have them in my files. Carlo
  5. DTS passthrough can be done but it's a bit tricky to setup properly. Wait until the plex forums are back up and then search for DTS. Plex won't touch image files. It prefers files ready to stream. Remember, Plex is a streaming server so it wants files in a streamable format, not an image format. Ideally MP4 files are the best all around files that work with just about every client without having to transcode (bandwidth aside). I run one of the largest and most advanced Plex systems around so hit me up if you have any questions. Carlo
  6. No, I've never stopped the pool when moving files in or out of the pool folder. I just run a re-measure when I'm done shuffling files around.
  7. What I've done is: 1) Create a folder "MasterPool" or similar name. 2) Move contents of all folders from the pool... hidden folder to the "MasterPool" folder. 3) Remove/delete the pool... folder 4) Add to new computer and add to pool 5) copy conents from "MasterPool" to the newly created hidden pool... folder. 6) Re-measure the pool. So basically, just move the contents out of the pool. Delete the pool folder and then add to the new computer and recreate the new pool directory. Then just move the folders back. Then re-measure the pool. Simple.
  8. I'm not sure why this happens but I've had it happen to me 2 times in the last 2 or 3 weeks or so on different 4TB drives. I have 8 drives in an enclosure connected via USB3 cables. In my case I'm running DrivePool, Scanner and CloudDrive. What has happened to me is that the UI freezes up (VNC, RDP or console). I can fix this most of the time doing a loggoff /server:name from a different computer then loggin back in. Once in a while, I'll have to do a shutdown command from another computer. In each case of having a RAW disk issue I've noticed the CloudDrive service won't shut down and after 20 to 30 minutes I'm forced to hardboot the computer. For me, there is no activity that I'm aware going on with any of the drives in the 8 bay USB enclosure. I have no balancing running and my CloudDrive cache is setup on a different drive connected via SATA. I've not had this problem prior to installing Scanner, DrivePool, CloudDrive and I'm about to start uninstalling the suite starting with CloudDrive to see if the problems (freezes and hang-up rebooting) go away. I'm presently doing a restore of a drive at present using SnapRaid. I've previously run in JBOD and Windows Storage Spaces and never experienced either of these issues. Carlo PS It's not unheard of for USB disks to go RAW but this will usually only happen when the drive is in a write state of the partition table that doesn't finish and you have a power failure or something. I'm seeing more and more of this happening with DrivePool and it seems excessive to me.
  9. All of us who used to run BBS systems were basically pack rats who liked to have full collections of software and media from the times. We could have just access this info from other BBSs but wanted it on our own systems. Not to different really than today. We could watch video on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.. but we STILL prefer to be in control and manage our own collections. Guess we haven't changed much. We're still media pack rats!!! We've went from measuring storage in KB to MB, then GB and now in TB of data. Won't be long before we'll be talking PB of data. Many of us already have 10%-15% of a PB already.
  10. CompuNet was my system. It was my own custom stuff until version 2 of MajorBBS came out in 86. I ran and programmed for Galacticomm's MajorBBS (then Worldgroup). I knew Tim Stryker pretty well up until he committed suicide. I contributed a lot of foundation code and what later became Phar Lap protected mode which extended memory for the DOS systems allowing us to run more ISV modules. I was also one of the "hubs" many people used for linked teleconferences among the many, many interactive games (had just about all of them). Worldgroup more or less went down the tubes after Christine (Tim's wife) sold everything to Yannick Tessier (previously ISV) & Peter Berg. HTTP and the web came on pretty strong and WG just never adapted properly and the rest is history! At that point I was most operating as an ISP and started using more and more of Vircom's tools and then various other tools for proper Email, FTP, web hosting, etc... Sound like a similar walk down histories past?
  11. There was a magazine called Boardwatch that featured my system a few times. In that same time frame I had around 30 phone/modem lines. Couple years later I had 255 lines. Eventually replacing many modems with ISDN, then replacing many of them with X.25 over the years. Eventually, added IP connectivity and allowing "dial-in" via IP. This was back before even Trumpet Winsock (for those who remember those days). IP was used for telnet, FTP and gopher back in the early days. Was mostly all academic use back in those days. Of course storage grew as the years went by. Man just thinking back, brings lot of old memories long forgotten! Carlo
  12. I know you said for the C64. My very first hard drive was the 5.25 full height ST-506 5MB HDD. 5MB of storage at the time of 1980 was a HUGE amount of space and cost $1,500 back in 1980. That would be close to 5K in today's money. The ST-506 was an MFM drive which was pre IDE/SCSI and was manufactured by Shugert Associates (later became Seagate). I also had the next gen drive that came out late in 1981 which was another MFM drive but was 10MB and was the ST-412 (type 1). After these drives they moved to RLL encoding which packed 50% more in the same space. By 1982/83 I had around 160 MB of storage which was close to unheard of back in those days for the BBS I ran. Guess I'm dating myself, Carlo
  13. NO, you use deduplication at the host level so it has nothing to do with the VMs themselves. Carlo
  14. psykix, you could just use a free product like SnapRaid to create a parity across your present DrivePool drives. The volume you stripe to can be local, on another computer or NAS. Doesn't really matter. Something to think about for a bit more piece of mind.
  15. Yes, but that requires you to use a duplication pass and not real-time duplications. I was referring to being able to keep real-time duplication active but to have the option of only using the one SSD drive.
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