As a fairly new user of UNRAID, one of the main objectives for me was to set up Plex on UNRAID.  As I would have access to large scalable storage, it only made sense to exploit the hardware that is already in place.  In conjunction with the video, this how I set mine up and I have been very happy with it.  The steps in this post correlate closely to the video linked at the bottom of this post so please take a look at it.

Before we get into how I set it up, I want to give you a quick overview of the hardware I am using for my UNRAID Server.  It is nothing very exotic and I built this from some extra hardware I had.

  • Hardware that was used:

    • Hard Drives:  I used 7 drives, 2 WD Red 6T (1 as a Parity drive, 1  as a data drive), plus 5 WD Red 4T for data.  All the data drives are running on a Highpoint 2720SG in pass-through mode (non-raid).  Though these have a Marvel controller that do not always play well with UNRAID, I am not using Vt-d and have not had any issues with this controller.
    • For a cache drive, I used a QNAP QDA-A2MAR in a RAID 1 configuration as a cache drive so that there is redundancy while data is on the cache drive.  This drive is attached to one of the SATA controllers connectors on my motherboard.  I did a separate video on this device (see below).
    • For CPU I am using a low-end Core I3-8100 that supports Quick Sync with an Asus Maximus Hero Motherboard that I had laying around.  Since completing the video, I have upgraded the CPU to a I5-9400 6-Core so that I could have more breathing when experimenting with VM on UNRAID.  The video and all testing were done with the I3-8100.
    • For a network card, I am using a Sonnet 10 GbE card Plugged into my QNAP 10 Gbe switch.  I did a separate video on the Sonnet (see video below).
    • To give you an idea of the performance, here is a quick copy of a movie to the server.  This is obviously going to the CACHE drive but it will give you an incredible boost in file copying.