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[GUIDE] Automated Media Server & XBMC Setup
on: May 09, 2011, 13:52:13 PM
*UPDATE 11/06/2012* - I've been out of the country for the past 6 months so have not been around to update the guide, I am currently working on it now however it may take some time. Not much has changed in the past year - new versions of software but settings are mostly the same so don't worry if your thinking this is 'out of date'.

Change Log
27/09/2011 - Few small changes, realised I started setting up XBMC without mentioning where to download from or to install it first.
03/06/2011 - Missing a couple images, updated.
03/06/2011 - XBMC install and some setup. TBC
17/05/2011 - Added Managing shows in Sick Beard
17/05/2011 - Updated 'Advanced Sickbeard' install as I seemed of missed a step (Git in Windows Command Line)
11/05/2011 - Just noticed I completely missed Metadata from Sick Beard Setup - Added.
11/05/2011 - Added Advanced Sick Beard install (Via GIT)
11/05/2011 - Added Couch Potato setup
11/05/2011 - Added Sick Beard setup & changed version from 485 to 487.
11/05/2011 - Added SABnzbd setup.
10/05/2011 - Started again within Windows 7 & re-wrote parts of this introduction post.

Software @ Time of Writing (10/05/2011)
OS - Windows 7 SP1
SABnzbd+ - 0.6.0
Sick Beard  - Alpha 487
Couch Potato - r31
XMBC - 10.1 & Aeon MQ2

I started off setting up the following all on a single box running Linux (Ubuntu) and while I didn't finish the guide completely I did put most of it into the PDF which is available here - I ran into a few problems within the Linux environment which meant switching back to Windows 7 instead - the need of logmein, accelerated flash support, post processing over network, uTorrent, and a few other things that while might be get working within Ubuntu I cba to faff that much.

*note* HUGE thanks to everyone who has posted guides and useful information on forum.xbmc.org, it's one hell of a community when it comes to anything open source HTPC / Media related.

I would also ask that if anyone wants to use the contents of this guide please either link directly to it or at least put a reference to it somewhere in the information you provide, this is hopefully going to be an ongoing project with continuing updates as I modify my own setup (plus image links may change etc). I did the following to try and gather all my information into one place, plus as a thanks to give something back to the community that helped me get this setup and to hopefully bring some much needed love to TekForums.net


What will the finished project look like?
You will have a computer that auto-downloads your TV shows (via Sick Beard) and Movies (via Couch Potato). Manages your existing shows by downloading Fan Art, Posters, Plot, Summary, Trailers, Actor info, and if setup to do so will re-download archived shows if found at a requested higher quality.

This computer will also be able to play 1080p content from XBMC which has been setup to look something like the following:



 
Which takes full advantage of the fan art & posters and looks damn good on a big TV!

Prerequisites

Knowledge
As this guide has switched to Windows over Ubuntu the required knowledge has reduced! Hurray! But you still need some basic know-how... Some understanding of some technical terms, how to extract files, and being able to keep note of the required API's and account details we will be using within our selected programs - I can't hold your hand for that, it's your personal data.

Media Collection
Unless you're starting your collection from scratch (great idea if you can!) you will need your current collection to be in some sort of sensible structure…

  • Movies - These should be in correctly named folders. The files can be named anything what so ever but the folder name MUST be correct.
  • TV Shows - There is some leeway on this but generally you want your series to be \TV Shows\<Show Name>\<Season 0x>\01x01 or S01E01 <insert random stuff>.<extension>

To those with the really messy collections let's see what we can do for you... For Movies I'm not sure myself (maybe someone can post their experiences) because I started my movie collection from scratch as I saw it as a good opportunity to go from the low quality rips I had up to 720p/1080p - Some googling will give you plenty of options for creating folders based on filenames but that's under the assumption that your filenames are anything close to the movie name.

I'm going to do a small section on some of the external media managers that are available however these use the same scrapers (the 'lookup' that checks online for what the movie/show is and downloads the meta data) as XBMC, Sick Beard and Couch Potato so if it's not found in one it's not going to be found in the others - the collection sorting has to come first!

TV Shows you have a couple options... If your shows are still named the original release name (eg. House S07E21 720p HDTV X264 DIMENSION) you're in luck! Sick Beards post processing scripts should be able to figure it out, move into correct structure, rename, grab meta data and all that jazz! Similarly if your shows follow as basic structure like \House\S01\E01.mkv or \House\01x01.mkv or even \house\1\1.mkv Sick Beard should pick it up straight away without the need of post processing... but much more on that later - just giving you an idea of what to expect.

Hardware
There are plenty of useable options. If you are not planning to use this as a HTPC as well then you can basically use anything you can throw together with enough storage space for your needs, however if you want to run 1080p video  you need a bit of graphical power.

Personally I'm using one of the HP MicroServers with an extra 2GB Ram (3GB Total), 4x 2TB Hard drives, and a Zotec 512MB nVidia 210 GFX card.
You can find a good hardware setup guide for the MicroServer Here.

Here's is a sample system from picking the cheapest (brand) components from Scan:

The above thrown into any case will be more than enough (overkill actually) for what we are doing.

*note* There are plenty of hardware options out there like Zotec's prebuilt micro PC's designed for HTPC use (not so great for our server) and you would be surprised how little power you need to play 1080p. For a full range of options do a Google or check out the hardware section on forum.xbmc.org - For example I run a full version of XBMC with my 1080p library within Windows 7 on a HP-Mini 311c which is a single core ATOM (1.2Ghz), ION1 Lite GFX chipset and 2GB of Ram without any problems.

Services

Internet - Faster the better and you don't want a cap. While a lot of ISP's won't care unless you REALLY take the piss, at time of writing, the only ISP's that don't do fair usage is Virgin's largest package (XXXXXXXL or whatever it is) and surprisingly SKYBB's Unlimited. More information on these things can be found via Google.

NZB - Newsgroups used to be (and still are for some) confusing and seemly over the top for a lot of people when torrents seem to offer the same service for free but that's what this guide will hopefully help with. The server setup I go through below rely on you having a newsgroup subscription, they do have some limited torrent support but I've not tested it.

Plenty of people will have their own recommendations but I use AstraWeb for £7.60 a month (3 month DSL Unlimited package) which offers 900 retention & SSL.

  • Pros: Max your connection for everything you download, SSL so ISP can't see what it is you're downloading, quick releases and general high quality of releases.
  • Cons: Costs money, Confusing for first time users (I will hopefully solve this).

You will also need to become a premium member of either Newsbin or NZBMatrix (or both, more the merrier) - They are dirt cheap and are needed for Sick Beard & Couch Potato to search for items. I use NZBMatrix.
Last Edit: June 11, 2012, 16:50:36 PM by Leon #187;
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SABnzb+
This is our NZB download software

Download: Offical Website
I recommend downloading the Alt: Windows Binaries, zipped as I will be basing the guide on this.

Once the file has download, right click and Extract All


Choose a location to extract to. I will be putting all of the programs into a single folder on the system drive, so typed in C:\HTPC\ so that it will create a new folder called HTPC and extract the SABnzb files into there.


Once extracted it will open up the new folder and show the extracted SABnzb-0.6.0 folder. To make things easier (and neater) I'm going to rename this folder to SABnzb so you end up with the following structure:


Great! Now run SABnzbd.exe and your web browser should automatically open to the SABnzbd+ quick-start wizard.

Choose your language:


Next step is to setup your NZB server details, these are the details from your newsgroup provider. As mentioned in the section above I use AstraWeb so have the following setting:

If your provider allows I recommend using SSL. I also recommend using 2 less connections than it officially allows, this saves our error log filling up when it tries to make a new connection before fully dropping the last.

Next: I change the setting to allow me to access SABnzb from any PC on the network... this allows me to view and manage my downloads from my other PC's or Phone. I don't bother setting a username and password.


This is the last step and requires details from either Newsbins or NZBMatrix (or both) - I recommend getting a premium account on either or both of these to save yourself some hassle down the line. I only use NZBMatrix at the moment.


SABnzbd will now reboot and then give you a page with some links on it. Choose one of these (I'm using http://localhost:8080/) and you will be taken to the SABnzb homepage! Congratulations.

Bookmark this page so you can access it later without having to remember the address!

We need to do a bit of configuration so click Config at the top of the screen. I'm not going to go through each setting as a lot of it is personal preferences but I will highlight certain things in each section.


General

You can change the skin in here, each time you will need to restart the client for it to take effect - try a few and see what you like. For the moment I'll be staying with the default skin.

This is also where you will find your SABnzbd API key which we will need later.

The only options I would recommend changing here are:
Download Speed Limit - Setting this to 90-95% of your max download speed with stop SABnzbd raping your connection to the point where even websites won't load.
Article Cache Limit - If you have at least 2GB of RAM set this to 128M


Folders
*note* - Replace %username% with your login name. If you are un-sure what your username is it’s the name of your profile folder in C:\Users\<name!>

These set the locations where SAB will download & watch from. You can leave most as default if you wish but by default they don't follow the new folder structure in windows 7 (they by default create files in C:\users\%username%\documents\downloads\ instead of C:\users\%username%\downloads)

Temporary Download Folder & Completed Download Folder are pretty self-explanatory... these are the locations SAB will use when downloading a file and then move it once extracted. Realistically both these locations are tempoary as Sick Beard and Couch Potato will move the files from the completed folder once they have been extracted.

Watched Folder is where SAB will look for .nzb files to add to the download queue. I set this as my browsers default download folder so if I manually download anything from NZBMatrix SAB will pick up the file and add it automatically.

Post-Processing Scripts Folder is used for Sick Beard, we will come back to this later on!


Switches

Only thing I bother changing here is Ignore Samples set to Delete after Download. I don't use samples and so I don't want them. I've had issues with the 'do no download' option with it not downloading files that the actual movie/show requires.


Categories
We will be coming back to this during the Sick Beard install

Sorting
Awesome tools if you are only using SAB and not Sick Beard / Couch Potato but as we are using them make sure everything is DISABLED otherwise it breaks things.

Finished!
Last Edit: June 03, 2011, 13:52:53 PM by Dooms #187;
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Sick Beard
Manages and Downloads TV Shows

(click to show/hide)

Simple - Download: Official Site

Again download the binaries in a zipped folder and Extract:

See I also have my SAB download folders in my downloads now!

Again I'm going to extract to C:\HTPC\


And rename the folder to SickBeard


Go into the autoProcessTV folder and rename autoProcessTV.cfg.sample to autoProcessTV.cfg


Then simply run SickBeard.exe and again your web browser will run and open to the Sick Beard homepage


Now we need to do some configuration so click Config


General

Nothing to change here!

Search Settings

Usenet Retention - This number depends on your newsgroup account. AstraWeb give 900 days so that’s what I changed it to.


NZB Method: - SABnzbd
SABnzbd URL - http://localhost:8080/
SABnzbd API Key - You need to get this from SABnzdb+ > Config > General Settings


Search Providers
Put a tick next to any providers you have an account with (Womble's Index & Sick Beard Index don't require one) and then scroll down and put your account details in the box below.


Post Processing

Keep Original Files & Move Associated Files should be disabled to limit the amount of duplicate / random files cluttering our drives.

Rename Episodes should be enabled to keep everything neat and tidy.

Scan and Process need to be DISABLED due to using processing scripts in SAB.



Metadata
This is all the show information & pretty pictures... you will want this!

Select XBMC from the drop down and then tick all the boxes. I prefer posters so don't select 'use banners'


Episode Naming is purely down to personal preferences. I would recommend disabling Air-By-Date forum as XBMC doesn't seem to like it too much, also if the database entry isn't very up to date you end up missing information. Enabling Quality will save you some hassle if you ever need to import your collection back into another program or if you need to re-add to Sick Beards database.


Notifications
We will come back to this later once we have setup XBMC

Last steps... Go back into your SABnzbd+ > Config > Folders page and add C:\HTPC\SickBeard\autoProcessTV to the Post Processing Scripts


and go into Categories and set up like the following:


Making sure that tv is setup to run sabToSickBeard.exe
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Depending on your collection size and state of organisation this can either be a lengthy mainly automated process for a really lengthy manual process! Let's cross our fingers shall we...

First please make sure that your TV shows are AT LEAST put into folders with the correct TV Show name, you don't have to use Season Folders but it helps a great deal.

Existing Shows

Ok so you have Sick Beard up and running. Go to Home > Add Shows then click Add Existing Shows


Click the Manage Directories tab at the top and add the root folder of your TV shows:


Click Customize - I'm working under the assumption that you want to set the same standards for all shows - So select what you want in this menu...

  • Season Folders - Recommended, I'm not sure if you have to disable this if you are not currently storing in season folders, it would have to be tested, however if you tick this any new episodes that are downloaded will be put into season folders.
  • Initial status of missing episodes - I like to set this to skipped and then manually choose which episodes/seasons I want, feel free to change it to wanted or something else.
  • Anime - I have this option because I'm running a custom branch of Sick Beard with Anime support (see Advanced install) - Most won't have this so can be ignored however if you are running with this branch be warned that most existing shows have to be added as Anime & and then switched over after being scanned.
  • Quality - Switch it over to CUSTOM and then you will be able to set it as you want.
    • Inital quality is where you set the minimal quality for SB to download... It will always attempt to download the highest quality option but sometimes these just don't exist.
    • Archive is basically the quality it will continuously try and find during its weekly backlog checks until it has it
I find the below works well for me. Most shows are downloaded as HDTV or 720 WEB-DL as they are shown but it has SD DVD in there for the older shows (BBC stuff comes to mind) and 720 BluRay for the stuff over the last couple of years... but end of the day I want my whole collection to be 720p BluRay so that’s my Archive choice. Hope that makes sense?

Click Save Defaults


Ok once you have done the above scroll down a bit and you will, hopefully, see a list of the folders SB has found in your TV root we added before. Stick a tick next to the shows you want to add and then hit submit:


Unless you already have metadata for the shows (tvshows.nfo to be exact) in the folders it will prompt you to confirm the show - If the show is the correct one simply hit Add Show and it will add with the defaults we set up before, if the show is incorrect simply type a new name in the box and search again.


Congratulations you have added your collection to Sick Beard, it will now take an age to scan, process, identify and download metadata for all your episodes... go grab a coffee, there is still things to do!

Managing Shows
So your shows have been added, SB has scanned your collection and tried to piece together what episode is what. If you’re lucky (or well organised) it’s found all the episodes correctly.


Click on a show name and you will see what it’s found and how its identified it.


(click to show/hide)

Unless you had the quality in the name SB will assume all .MKV's are HD TV and all .AVI's are SD TV. You can change the status of episodes using the drop down menu at the top of the season listing:


  • Wanted - Setting an episode to wanted will set SB to look for and download that episode(s) using the quality standards we set when we added the show.
  • Skipped - If set to skipped SB won't download it but it will still show as a missing episode.
  • Ignored - SB will ignore it, not marking it as missing but not search for it either.
  • Archived - Not sure actually, can only assume it assumes you have it somewhere that SB can't scan - I never use this.
  • Quality - If it has identified the quality of the episode incorrectly you can change it using these options.

Once you have confirmed that SB has identified your episodes correctly and you have set them to the correct quality you can hit 'Rename Episodes' at the top of the page to rename all your episodes to the naming scheme we setup in the general config.

WARNING - I have messed up whole seasons of shows by hitting rename BEFORE I had fully confirmed that SB was looking at the correct files for each episode!

So there we have it, you have your shows added, you know how to set missing episodes to wanted and change the listed quality. Any show that is still on-going will now automatically update when the episodes are released (you don't have to manually set unaired episodes to wanted).

This part of the guide is a bit rushed but you will hopefully get the jist until I get time to rewrite it.
Last Edit: May 17, 2011, 11:35:30 AM by Dooms #187;
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Couch Potato
For all your Movie download needs!

Download: Offical site

You should be getting good at this by now... Once again download the zip file and extract it!


This time CP doesn't extract to its own folder so we need to extract to C:\HTPC\CouchPotato


and then run CouchPotato.exe in the new folder - eventually (it takes longer than the other 2 programs) it will open your web browser to the CP homepage.


We also need to do some configuration so click the cog at the top of the page... again I'll do this section by section only high-lighting the important things.


General
Nothing to change here.

NZBs / Torrents
I haven't used torrent support so I cannot comment on it. We will be setting it up to use NZB's and SAB.

Retention - Whatever your newsgroup provides. AstraWeb is 900 days.
Download to - Sabnzbd
Host - localhost:8080
Apikey - API key found in your SABnzbd+ Config > General > API Key (not NZB key)
Category - movies



Providers
Again fill in the details of the accounts you have. I only have NZBMatrix so thats all I did.

Quality
It's worth setting up a personal quality profile. Simply give it a name and add the qualities you will accept and arrange them in the order you want.

Personally I only want to download 1080p or 720p films and I'm happy with either so I have the following:


But if you just want it to grab any quality available but keep looking out for a better one all the way up to 1080p you could do the following:


If you want your profile to be the default one to download all movies you have to save your settings after creating your profile and then it will appear in the drop down to the right:


Renaming
I enable this so that movies are downloaded, renamed and moved onto my archive drives automatically!

Download folder - Where SAB is downloading to, for me that’s C:\users\leon\downloads\complete\movies
Movie Destination - Where all your movies are kept, for me that’s D:\movies
Folder Naming - I leave this as default.
File Naming - I don't like the <cd> part of the scheme so I remove it.
Cleanup - Enabled, I don't want all the random files and folders remaining after download.



Extras
I don't use downloaded trailers, instead I stream inside XBMC (more on that later) but I do like having the subtitle files if at all possible so that’s enabled.

Metadata is the only thing in here I would recommend everyone enable. I know XMBC scraps the data itself but it doesn't create the files within the movie folder.



Notifications
We will come back to this after XBMC is setup.

Userscript
If you are using Chrome or Firefox you can install this Extension/Addon so that you can get 'add to couch potato' button at the bottom of IMDB.org pages making it that much easier to quickly add movies to your wanted list.

Done! You can now search for movies from the search bar in the top right, or if you added the userscript go browse around the IMDB website!

As long as you setup the movie categories in SAB like i said at the end of the Sick Beard install everything should be automated, just note that it can take a bit of time before CP kicks in and moves the movie file after its downloaded.
Last Edit: May 11, 2011, 12:10:19 PM by Dooms #187;
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XBMC
Download the latest version of XBMC from the Offical Website and the install is just Next Next Next Finish etc.

Once it open we can play with some of the settings.

Settings
There are quite a lot of setting here but most are personal preference and I'll leave you to have a play around later. Below I'm going to do a quick run through of the changes I make from the default and why.

Appearance
We will come back to skinning in a bit, I want to get the rest of it out of the way and some media added first.

You may want to go into International and set your Region to UK (12h) or UK (24h)

Video
Playback .::. Allow Hardware Acceleration (DXVA2) - You want this to enabled, if supported by your GFX card will allow the GPU to do the work instead of CPU, its how 1080p works fine on my Atom :)



Network
These setting will allow XBMC to be updated by Sick Beard & Couch Potato and also be controlled by external devices.
Allow Control of XBMC via UPNP - Enabled
Allow Control of XBMC via HTTP - Enabled
  • Port - 8082 - this can be anything you want long as its not already in use. I have SAB on 8080, SB on 8081 and XBMC on 8082
  • Username & Password - Set this to whatever you want, we are going to setup notifications in SB & CP so will need to add these details to there
  • Allow Programs on this System to Control XBMC - Enabled
  • Allow Programs on Other Systems to Control XBMC - Enabled



Now would be a good time to add those details into Sick Beard & Couch Potato (before we forget).

Sick Beard - Configuration > Notifactions > XBMC


Couch Potato - Config > Notifactions > XBMC


Adding Media to XBMC
About time we actually added out media to XBMC, I'm going to add my TV Shows first... From the main menu go into the Videos menu and select Add source



Select Browse



then navigate into your first media folder, in this case it's an example of a TV Shows folder (as I'm on my work computer and can't get access to my home media server). Once you have navigated into the folder select OK



*NOTE* - You add separate sources for Movies & TV Shows so do them one at a time. However if your TV shows (or movies) are in multiple locations, like spread over multiple disks, then select Add from the sources list and navigate to folder 2, 3, 4 etc.

Once you have added all your TV Shows folders give it a name, such as TV Shows, select OK



It will ask you to select what kind of content is in the folder(s) - Choose TV Shows and Run automated scan and then OK



Last of all select Yes to refreshing all the items within this path



You will see it scanning your media in the top right. If you have already added everything to Sick Beard and allowed it to rename & grab meta data then this process won't be too long... if you haven't well you might want to go do something else for a while!



Repeat this process for your Movies folders and then your sorted! Once both have been added (and finished scanning) you can access them from the main menu but at the moment things are no-where near as pretty as my starting images!




Skinning
I'm going to do is switch over to AEON MQ2 as it the skin I like but I would recommend trying some of the 100's of other skins to find something that suits you personally, the options are pretty standard over all skins so you should be able to follow the below whatever you choose!

AEON MQ2 is quite a demanding skin so if you are running on a lower spec'd machine but still want something that looks similar to AEON MQ2 I would recommend AEON Nox, I run it on my netbook and works great

Download Skin Aeon MQ2 - Repository but don't extract it.

Go back into XBMC and go down to the Settings Menu and then select Appreances


Select Confluence


Select Get More at the bottom of this menu


This will take you straight to the list of Skins that you can simply select and download.


Try a few if you wish but as I'm installing one not listed here I need to navigate away from this list so Select the .. a couple times until you get to the following menu:


Select Install from zip and then navigate to the Zip file we downloaded before:


Now from the same menu select Get Add-ons and then Select Repo AEON MQ


Keep selecting skin until you get the install prompt:


Wait for it to download and then it will prompt you if you want to switch to this skin, select yes


Press ESC twice and you will get prompted for which version of the Skin you wish to run. I'm sticking with Normal as I do some homepage customization.


Congratulations you have a new shiny skin.
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To come: Media views, Remote controls, Advanced: Custom playlists.
Last Edit: June 03, 2011, 09:24:05 AM by Dooms #187;
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Cheers for the guide, it's very thorough. Just one question, what are the benefits of ubuntu over windows, I'm going to setup xbmc on my system, it's current running windows, and like using it, just wondering what the benefits are for ubuntu.

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My main reasoning was because its free and I didn't have a windows 7 copy to hand but there is nothing different between the two. XBMC, SABnzb, Sick Beard and Couch Potato all run on Windows perfectly and so does the intergration between them.

Infact installing on PC is easier for all the programs as they are either setup or just 'run the EXE after extracting' jobs and the config is cross platform.

Bah was going to finish the Sick Beard & Couch Potato guides but left my USB stick at work... will have to wait :(
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There we go! Someone who knows more than "I've had XBMC running smoother on Ubuntu / Live than on Windows on lower specced machines" which is what I should of said in my 1st reply :)
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I use the XBMC remote on android - on my main phone and also have an old magic kicking about in the living room.



There are also similar remotes out for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) - was going to mention them in the XBMC section when I finish writing it :)

edit: oh and as for the Windows vs Unix front as you can see in my sig I use both :D if your using it purely as Server/XBMC then it shouldn't matter as long as things are running smoothly... if your wanting to use it for other things as well then go with the OS your most comfortable with :)
Last Edit: May 09, 2011, 19:14:19 PM by Dooms #187;
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Heh I don't mind (its why I reserved the posts above) - maybe a clean up and consiladation once I'm finished but then I plan to update & expand with ideas etc anyway :)

Yep Commander is the one I was thinking of on iOS. The thing I want to get working on this ubuntu box after is the central server SQL database so you only need to update 1 XMBC database. It also means that your watched/unwatched sync's on all installs & if you stop watching a film half way through in the living room and move to bedroom it gives you the "resume from xx:xx" option.

Seems easy enough to do but first things first :)
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Cheers guys, just had a thought, I'm using the antec fusion with VFD on the front, and expect it wont work on the linux distro, so probably stick with windows for the moment on that machine, might try ubuntu on my other machine... Keep up the good work

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I'm sure some bright spark has got it working but I wouldn't know where to start.

Last night I had some issues with running on Ubuntu which means I might be switching over to Windows 7 or Server 2008 on my server machine - there are just some things I need to be able to do which, while prob possible, I can't do on Linux.

Logmein is a must for world control of PC
RDP connection is better than VNC
Flash Playback Issues in XBMC
Media Managment software I use is only on Windows
and other simple things like not having to use SMB shares, having to seperatly mount drives, no being able to post processing in sickbeard over a network mount, etc etc etc.

I'm going to finish off my linux documentation and PDF it with a link at the start. It will still be complete but won't be updating it in future. I'm also going to create a zip file that 'installs' Sick Beard, Couch Potato and SABnzbd+ for PC with majority of the required setting already setup - you will just have to change the account settings (just need to confirm it works but can't think why it wouldn't) - The guide will still also go into whats required in each section if you choose to do things manually or want to know what is required and what isn't).

And with the rediscovery of the
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tags I'll add some 'advanced config' :D

Watch this space.
Last Edit: May 10, 2011, 08:02:15 AM by Dooms #187;
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Edited the orginal post and started my switch over to Windows systems. I can't get Windows 7 installed on this virtual machine at work and I haven't finished setting up my remote login for my home server so not sure how much I can get sorted today but expect a bigger update tomorrow.
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