Stupid but can you run two different media servers (Plex, Emby, or Jellyfin) on one prebuilt NAS easily ?

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Will most likely both be the same media server. So 2 Plex servers, 2 Emby servers, or 2 Jellyfin servers.
 

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Synology DiskStation DS418 4-Bay NAS​

In the quick searches I did, I don't think you'd have a problem of installing two or more different versions of media servers (depending on how they need their media to be), but installing 2x of the same is probably not going to work. Kinda like trying to run office 2x on a computer--it just won't.
 

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In the quick searches I did, I don't think you'd have a problem of installing two or more different versions of media servers (depending on how they need their media to be), but installing 2x of the same is probably not going to work. Kinda like trying to run office 2x on a computer--it just won't.

Ok thank you. That sucks.

Trying to separate media for 2 different people.

Does that mean I need to buy two NAS then ?
 

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Ok thank you. That sucks.

Trying to separate media for 2 different people.

Does that mean I need to buy two NAS then ?
I'm sure you should be able to manage this with logins on the device/media server, no?
 

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That's a bummer, DS418 can't run Docker (otherwise, it'd be easier).

One way to do it would be to run 1 Plex server, 2 libraries, and you as the admin/owner would isolate the libraries to each end user. You're limited to the Plex that you can install from DSM's Package Center, and there's the overhead of managing the libraries for each end user.
 

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That's a bummer, DS418 can't run Docker (otherwise, it'd be easier).

One way to do it would be to run 1 Plex server, 2 libraries, and you as the admin/owner would isolate the libraries to each end user. You're limited to the Plex that you can install from DSM's Package Center, and there's the overhead of managing the libraries for each end user.

Ok fine Synology DiskStation DS1621+ 6-Bay NAS

Is it possible on that one ?

At least it will give me room to grow.
 

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Would this be smart or a good idea ?

To get a cheaper 2 bay Synology, not sure which one yet, just for picture backup and that is it basically. Would a non powerful one do well for this if that is all it is for? Of course I would want to use 2 HDs with one being backup if that is possible on the less powerful cheaper ones.

Looking to help get someone off Dropbox onto one time fee cloud storage mostly. Not totally but close enough.

The NAS would go in another location not that far though. So if there is a fire, flood, etc here it would be safe.

Should they just keep dropbox instead ?


Also forgot it would be for maximum of 2 people. Would that be possible ?


Yes this is totally different than streaming I know. I would still need the first more powerful NAS to run two Plex servers, if possible on that one. Hopefully so.
 

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Ok fine Synology DiskStation DS1621+ 6-Bay NAS

Is it possible on that one ?

At least it will give me room to grow.
I'm on a 1618+ and I upgraded my RAM to 32GB and run many Docker containers. You don't have to go that nuts, probably 16GB is plenty. But yes, you can in theory run as many containers as you want in addition to the Synology-native Plex.
Would this be smart or a good idea ?

To get a cheaper 2 bay Synology, not sure which one yet, just for picture backup and that is it basically. Would a non powerful one do well for this if that is all it is for? Of course I would want to use 2 HDs with one being backup if that is possible on the less powerful cheaper ones.

Looking to help get someone off Dropbox onto one time fee cloud storage mostly. Not totally but close enough.

The NAS would go in another location not that far though. So if there is a fire, flood, etc here it would be safe.

Should they just keep dropbox instead ?


Also forgot it would be for maximum of 2 people. Would that be possible ?


Yes this is totally different than streaming I know. I would still need the first more powerful NAS to run two Plex servers, if possible on that one. Hopefully so.
Yes totally different question, but it's a risk tolerance question more than a technical implementation. Dropbox, for what it's worth, doesn't just hold your data- they make it (near) globally accessible, fast, with however many 9's of uptime, etc. And then think about a cheap NAS at a friend's house, dependent on their router being plugged in, with electricity, and no fire/flood/tornado/whatever.

And then there's the cost of keeping that running, having to check on it, update DSM, replace a hard drive if it craps out of the array, etc.

So that's up to you. But yes, it can be done.
 

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I'm on a 1618+ and I upgraded my RAM to 32GB and run many Docker containers. You don't have to go that nuts, probably 16GB is plenty. But yes, you can in theory run as many containers as you want in addition to the Synology-native Plex.

Yes totally different question, but it's a risk tolerance question more than a technical implementation. Dropbox, for what it's worth, doesn't just hold your data- they make it (near) globally accessible, fast, with however many 9's of uptime, etc. And then think about a cheap NAS at a friend's house, dependent on their router being plugged in, with electricity, and no fire/flood/tornado/whatever.

And then there's the cost of keeping that running, having to check on it, update DSM, replace a hard drive if it craps out of the array, etc.

So that's up to you. But yes, it can be done.

How fast do docker containers run compared to the actual plex natively ?
 

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Using NAS would have it advantages though with photo backup kinda.

I use a program called Boxifier right now for them that helps a lot but it is always breaking and needs updating when the dropbox program releases a new version sometimes.

Basically it automatically uploads all new pictures and data that needs to be no matter where it is located as long as I added it to Boxifier to do that. Much better than the default dropbox options imo.
 

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Would this be smart or a good idea ?

To get a cheaper 2 bay Synology, not sure which one yet, just for picture backup and that is it basically. Would a non powerful one do well for this if that is all it is for? Of course I would want to use 2 HDs with one being backup if that is possible on the less powerful cheaper ones.

Looking to help get someone off Dropbox onto one time fee cloud storage mostly. Not totally but close enough.

The NAS would go in another location not that far though. So if there is a fire, flood, etc here it would be safe.

Should they just keep dropbox instead ?


Also forgot it would be for maximum of 2 people. Would that be possible ?


Yes this is totally different than streaming I know. I would still need the first more powerful NAS to run two Plex servers, if possible on that one. Hopefully so.
For basic file serving, nearly any nas built in the last decade is good enough. I've got a lot of older ones and they work well for the basics for sure.
 

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How fast do docker containers run compared to the actual plex natively ?
It depends if you're transcoding or not, but it's not bad actually. The likelihood you'll be transcoding two streams at the same time is low, but it should generally work (and thrash the hell out of that poor CPU).
 
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