Plex is a wonderful application that allows you to easily organize your media library to where it’s the most beneficial. It doesn’t matter if you’re wanting to listen to MP3′s, watch movies or share pictures. Plex has the ability to organize this information and give it one of the best presentations you can have. In addition to the base function of Plex being a media manager it also has the added benefit of being able to stream the same media, not only to devices inside your home, but he can also stream the same media to your smart phone, tablets and other devices like Roku‘s. There’s even some newer smart TVs that have the ability to install the Plex application and stream content from inside your home to your smart TV.
Plex Media Server is by far the most beneficial application that I downloaded in a long time. I can truly say that having Plex over the past couple of months has been very enjoyable.
Update 1/13/2014: This application has undergone an update to work with the latest installer from Plex.
The engine that allows Plex to be able to stream your media all these various places is called the Plex Media Server. The Plex Media Server runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and other devices like NAS.
Plex is very good about issuing updates to the Plex Media Server on a regular basis, but the irritating part about the update process is that the Plex Media Server only advises you that there’s a new version of the software, it doesn’t apply the updates automatically. It’s an unnecessary task that should be automated, but at the time of this article, Plex hasn’t worked it into the Plex Media Server’s base functions.
I inquired with Plex about having the ability to automatically download and apply the updates for the Plex Media Server, but at the time of this article, there had been no responses. Plex Media Server runs on several different platforms and I currently use Windows, Windows 7 professional, to run Plex Media Server. I decided not to wait for Plex to create an automatic update routine for the Plex Media Server; I created one on my own.
The Plex Media Server Updator [yes, it's spelled differently] is a small Windows application that can be ran from anywhere on the local hard drive. I would actually recommend placing the application in the same directory as the Plex Media Server.
As the application name implies, it goes out to the Plex website, looks at the current version of the Plex Media Server [English] and determines if you’re installation of the Plex Media Server is the most current.
If there’s a newer version of Plex Media Server, the application will download the new version and then proceed to shut down the existing Plex Media Server [services] and then install the new version.
Here’s the icon:
Here’s how it works:
- Launch the application
- The application checks the website and downloads the new version if required.
- The application launches the update and installs the new version with the standard installation process.
- The application monitors the process of the installation and answers the various installation questions to automate the process of the upgrade.
- During the upgrade process the application will tell you what it’s doing, plus you will be able to see the progress with the standard Plex Media Server installation package.
- Once the installation/upgrade is complete, Plex Media Server is automatically restarted.
Information and tips:
- Plex Media Server updator has been tested on several different Windows machines and seems to work fine.
- Plex Media Server updator is not an application that runs all the time; it’s meant to be scheduled.
- Plex Media Server updator does not ask any questions and does not require any configuration.
- Plex Media Server updator creates an INI file to track the previous version of Plex Media Server. If the update program does not have this file, it will simply download the latest version and install it.
- Plex Media Server updator was written with AutoHotKey.
- Plex Media Server updator is free to use. No restrictions.
Here’s where you can download the application:
Plex Media Server Updator
At the time of this article, Plex Media Server updater is working with Plex-Media-Server-0.9.722.511. If updates are required, I will post a new version here.
I hope this helps…
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5