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Plex server update - for dummies

otpi

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Now. To be clear: I'm the dummy... i.e. I tend to forget what the "how" by the time I need to update my plex server. I do not chase the latest builds, but update whenever I feel the version number has increased sufficiently. I have a plex pass, but still use the free version plugin from my original install.

This guide will serve as my notes. Other guides are more advanced. I want to keep it simple. May you find my notes useful.
  1. From the FreeNAS (11.2) UI, go to [jails]. Press the [...] to bring up your Plex server menu -> click on [shell]
  2. You are now conveniently logged in as root in your plex jail, i.e. you should see a terminal window with: root@<plex jail name>
  3. Type, hit enter and wait for each of the following two too finish: pkg update, pkg upgrade. Do read the text, but the correct answer is y to all questions. It is now updated.
  4. Restart plex service: service plexmediaserver stop, service plexmediaserver start.
That's it! Done in less than 60 seconds.

Note 1: There is actually a restart command: service plexmediaserver restart. The more you know.
 
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danb35

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I want to keep it simple.
You can simplify it further:
Type, hit enter and wait for each of the following two too finish: pkg update, pkg upgrade
Just do pkg upgrade; the former command isn't needed. pkg isn't apt. And as you've already found, you can do "restart" rather than the separate "start" and "stop" commands.
 
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  1. From the FreeNAS (11.2) UI, go to [jails]. Press the [...] to bring up your Plex server menu -> click on [shell]
  2. You are now conveniently logged in as root in your plex jail, i.e. you should see a terminal window with: root@<plex jail name>
  3. Type, hit enter and wait for each of the following two too finish: pkg update, pkg upgrade. Do read the text, but the correct answer is y to all questions. It is now updated.
  4. Restart plex service: service plexmediaserver stop, service plexmediaserver start.
That's it! Done in less than 60 seconds.
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Thanks for this post. It works fine and I don't understand why some other posts indicated that using pkg commands is not recommended. Anyone have an idea when the GUI upgrade will work?
 
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