Originally Posted by dj4monie
Assassin is right, I almost never touch the server (WHS 2011, old Dell Box, 4TB). I may go Windows 8 Pro on the laptop since you need at least that for Remote Desktop and its cheaper than Windows 7 Pro.
If you're caught up on price my word, Plex runs on Linux ($0).
We're specifically talking about running Plex on WHS 2011. If you are not running that or some other application (like uTorrent) that does not offer an option to "Install as a service" then it does not apply. You never need to log in to the server, even remotely, for it to serve after a reboot.
I find native remote desktop overrated, but that's not really on topic. Teamviewer for free has always accomplished everything I need. WHS offers remote web administration
I'm not caught up on $40 price tag on WHS. I'm caught up on the idea of wasting power with no return when a W7 box pulling the same power would double as an always on HTPC
Originally Posted by assassin
No. I used my account once to log into the Plex Server to set it up (movies, TV shows, etc) and that's it. The Plex service just runs in the background. I don't have to do a thing.
Here are a few screenshots. I am using my laptop (Win7) remotely logged on to take some pictures for you. Otherwise I hardly ever need to access the server desktop. After I get everything setup the way I use things its on autopilot.
Thanks for posting that Assassin. Notice the option says, "Start Plex Media Server at Login
You are saying that you don't have to login for it to work?? This conflicts with other reports here
I'll take your word on it, but are you sure that your not logged in to the server desktop as Administrator? I realize it's in your garage and there is no monitor connected, but you can log in, tell it to never sleep, and unplug all the video connections and everything would stay logged in.
If it seems like I'm trashing the idea of WHS, I assure you I'm really not trying to. There are plenty of reasons for it, but I have an un-testable curiosity about the software architecture of WHS. It's meant to run on reboot, not login, and start everything that you add to it as a service. We all know that you can install chrome, Plex, MCM, or really anything you want just like a W7 box. My mind can't ignore the idea of keeping an admin profile logged in to run those apps (Apps that can't run as a service) uses more power.
The science behind my suspicion is that WHS would sleep the GPU with no profile logged in (only requiring OS drive, CPU, RAM, and NIC) BUT when logged in to a profile it wouldn't be allowed to requiring OS drive, CPU, GPU
, RAM, and NIC to be running