Plex Media Server is a service made specifically for a server or HTPC that allows you to stream your media anywhere and on any Plex compatible device. Besides streaming, this service processes your media and organizes it in beautiful libraries ready for consumption. We recently showed you how to install Plex server on Windows and Ubuntu Server. Today I will show you how you can install Plex on Windows Server 2016 in just a couple minutes. The process is very similar to regular Windows installation. [Read: Plex vs Emby: A Comprehensive Comparison]
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Download the Plex Installer
In order to download the latest Plex Media Server installer, you need to first go on the Plex download page on
Then, select the appropriate operating system (in this case,
Windows) and click the
After completing the download, open the location of the installer, right click on it and then click on
Run as administrator to start the setup.
Install Plex on Windows Server
The Plex Media Server Setup will begin. You can click on Options if you want to change the default installation folder, but the default is in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Plex\Plex Media Server. Click
Install and wait for the process to finish. When the setup has been completed, you can click on
If everything is OK, the internet browser will open on port
32400 on the Plex login page. If you don’t have an account, click on
Sign Up and proceed to create one, then sign in.
Configuration and Plex Media Library
After the login, the Plex Server Setup will start, and you will be asked to give your new server a name, in order to identify it in the future. Also, make sure the
Allow me to access my media outside my home option is checked, in order to be able to stream your media from anywhere, then click
On the Media Library page from the Server Setup, you will need to click on the
Add Library button.
Then, select the type of library you want to add (in this case TV Shows), then click
Next. Browse for the Media Folder containing the type of media you selected previously and then click on
Please note that it is recommended to have a different folder for each type of media. For example, you will have one folder for TV Shows, one folder for Movies and one folder for Music.
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After you have added the media libraries, click next, and choose if you want to Send anonymous usage data to Plex or not. On the same screen you can click on Get Plex apps to download Plex Media Player on various devices you own. When finished, click Done and wait for the indexing to finish.
In the end, if the libraries were added correctly, your Plex Dashboard should look like in the screenshot below.
You managed to install Plex on Windows Server 2016 successfully. What to do after that?
After successfully installing Plex, you will probably want to install a service for automatic media downloading, in order to populate your Plex Media Server library. If you have Ubuntu Server, you could use our famous AToMiC ToolKit for automating media management. On Windows, you can do that by following our guides on SickRage, CouchPotato, etc.
To play media from your Plex Server you will need Plex Client hardware and app. For Plex hardware you may refer to our guide on choosing Plex Hardware and list of best Plex clients. On Raspberry Pi, you could use Rasplex. On other devices, you need the Plex client app. Finally, you can extend your Plex media server's functionality further by installing additional Plex channels. So go ahead install Plex on Windows Server and get started.