Somebody on reddit requested a Raspberry Pi 2 Media Server image. I have put together a ready to go image so you can test drive a Raspberry Pi 2 NAS media server. It is packed with programs and features made entirely from guides on this site. It is for those of you who are too pressed for time or just too lazy to install the software yourself. I used a minimal Raspbian base Minibian as the foundation for the media server. There are no WiFi drivers included because WiFi is unreliable and lowers throughput, however if you must use WiFi, you will need a keyboard or ethernet connection to install the drivers.
If you haven’t heard of usenet read this and consider a UsenetServer account. If you are comfortable with torrents use Private Internet Access or PureVPN for safety and then make sure you can access Transmission outside your home network.
Image updated to version 10 May 18, 2015 now with HTPC Manager and nginx
You can now customize your own media server image on Minibian with the HTPC Guides Installer and ready made image
If you are trying to figure out which hardware would work best for you, consider reading the Pi benchmarks.
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Raspberry Pi 2 Media Server Image
Here is a list of features, each link redirects you to a guide to configure each service
- vsftpd for FTP Server
- NFS included in v6
- Samba for creating samba shares
- SickRage for periodic show downloading
- CouchPotato for feature length video downloading
- Transmission as BitTorrent client
- NZBGet for usenet downloading
- Plex Media Server for streaming video – update using this ODROID guide
- HTPC Manager for managing all services
- nginx to set up reverse proxies for convenience and secure remote management
All software is running as the pi user to avoid permission conflicts except for Plex which has its own user that generally causes no issues. Plex is accessed at http://ip.address:32400/web where ip.address is the Pi 2’s IP address.
The image is currently in testing phase, in order to get the download link share this post using the unlocker below.
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Expand the sd card with raspi-config after you log in, the image will fit on a 2 GB sd card. Follow the initial setup after the locker. The HTPC NAS Combo Image includes Kodi as well.
Note: SickRage has been updated so the /etc/default/ file needs to be changed, see the updated guide to make the changes.
Pi 2 HTPC NAS Combo Image (includes Kodi)
Initial Raspberry Pi 2 Media Server Setup
The default password for the root login and pi login is htpcguides. Use PuTTY or an SSH client to log in to avoid getting wrong password errors because you use a non-US keyboard.
Expand your SD card first by choosing expand file system
Change your password while logged in as the root and pi user
Regenerate your SSH keys
rm /etc/ssh/ssh_host* dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
Regenerate all the API keys in SickRage, CouchPotato and Sonarr
If you don’t want to use both SickRage and Sonarr you can disable either service with these commands
The same logic appiles to NZBGet and transmission-daemon
sudo update-rc.d nzbdrone disable sudo update-rc.d sickbeard disable sudo update-rc.d nzbget disable sudo update-rc.d transmission-daemon disable sudo update-rc.d htpcmanager disable
If you regret disabling any of the services you can re-enable them so they start on boot again
sudo update-rc.d nzbdrone defaults sudo update-rc.d sickbeard defaults sudo update-rc.d nzbget defaults sudo update-rc.d transmission-daemon defaults sudo update-rc.d htpcmanager defaults
If you unlucky enough to need wifi tools then install these packages
sudo apt-get install wireless-tools wpasupplicant -y
I would like hear if the image works for you and suggestions to improve the image.
If you are installing extra software you may need to use this syntax if you get dependency errors
sudo apt-get install -t jessie packagename -y