Plex, Drobo & Apple TV

I have held off on making/buying a Mac mini media server for many years now, because it always seemed like too much computer for such an isolated purpose. So when Apple announced the new Apple TV with app store, I had a feeling the Plex app would be the right fit for me.

Anyways, I won’t go too much into the whys you should get an Apple TV here, but here, but here are so painful “how to’s” I learned in getting my set up going.

First, on your Drobo:

  • Download from Plex the updated Drobo App, but don’t use Safari. Safari will convert the file from plex.tgz to plex.tar. That will cause you heartache, you need to have plex.tgz.

  • Place this download in your DroboApps folder on your Drobo drive. I only have the stock apps installed, so plea.tgz sat in-between the pearl and python folders.

  • Stop the Plex app on your Drobo.

  • Restart your Drobo

You should be good to go. Head over to your Apple tv, download the app (have fun typing in your Plex password!) and enjoy.

If you weren’t succesfull, and I wasn’t, here is what I ended up doing.

Run these commands in the terminal (h/t ianlunn):

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

Then go back to your DroboApps folder and delete the .servicerc file (I also deleted .plex)

Restart your Drobo, and this should take care of it.



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