Basic configuration of the Streaming Media Services on Windows Server 2008 R2

Configuring Streaming Media Server is quite easy. After installation you should not do anything else only open Start Menu -> Administrative Tools -> Windws Media Services
First Step should be to check the possible problems of server. As you can see on the picture below there is no any red cross on the icon of the Server (MS likes things like that) and there is no any pictogram on the Troubleshoot title. If there was a problem then there would be a red cross or a yellow triangle in corner of the icons.

No Error
Then click on the name of the server and check the Getting Started tab on the right side of the right pane. Start the Test My Server

Test my server

If you get a test streaming then your machine have been installed successfully.

Test stream

Now change to the Properties tab beside the Getting Started tab.

For quick start no need to modify the basic settings. For each configuration item you can find help. This short description can help you to get a short description about the configuration element but it is recommended to use the extended help which can be found the bottom of the pane. (Small blue icon with a question mark.)

The most important thing for the quick start: How can you make Publishing Points?

Right click on the Publishing Points option and choose the Add Publishing Point (Wizard)…

Tick “Do not show this Welcome page again” on if you do not want to face with it all time.

Next conversation panel will give you chance to you to determine the name of a publishing point. This name will be the name of your published name so it is recommended to be a related name to your content.

Publish a point

Following panel is more interesting. You can choose four different type of your stream type.

1. Encoder (a live stream) – This solution is good if you want to transmit a radio station from a http:// source

2. Playlist (a mix of files and/or live streams that you can combine into a continuos stream) – There is no need any other definition. If you want to mix your sources you should choose this option.

3. One file (useful for a broadcast of an archived file) –

4. Files (digital media or playlists) in a directory – This solution is recommended when you have lot of music files and you want them put into one folder to play continously.

Options

Broadcast and On-demand publishing point are types of a Publishing Point.

As you can see on the picture below Broadcast publishing point will provide you a classic radio stream where the client cannot adjust the streamed content.

On-demand publishing point  is a different aproaching: the best example maybe the youtube. The client can adjust the streamed media content on demand.

Which one?

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