Installing Windows Media Services onto Your Server
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Have you looked for a way to stream audio and video to your websites using your Windows® 2008 server? If so, we have the solution for you: Windows Media Services. These tools let you stream either live audio or video, or pre-recorded “on-demand” content. There are also utilities that let you administer Windows Media Services with an MMC Snap-in or a Web-based interface.
Note: Making modifications to your Server’s Operating System can cause any custom software, services, or applications to stop functioning or render your server inoperable. Always back up all of your server’s data before updating.
To begin, you need to create a Remote Desktop Connection to your server. If you need to brush up on that, check out this article.
One you log in, open Internet Explorer® and go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9CCF6312-723B-4577-BE58-7CAAB2E1C5B7&displaylang=en.
Windows6.0-KB934518-x86-Server.msu. (Note the “x86” in the file name. 64-bit users will need the file with “x64” in the name.)
Open or Download, and then Run the file. You might have to install any required System Updates — click OK if prompted to do so. From the Terms of Service Agreement, click I Accept.
Once Installation completes, click Close. Then start the Server Manager by opening the Start menu, selecting Administrative Tools, and then selecting Server Manager.
From the Action menu, select Refresh, and wait a moment while it updates. Next, close the Server Manager, and then re-open it.
In Server Manager, you now need to add the Streaming Media Services role. From the Action menu, select Add Roles. Complete the Add Role Wizard with the following steps:
- Click Next.
- Select Streaming Media Services, and then click Next.
- From the Role Services and Data Transfer Protocols menu, select additional options such as Logging and Web-based Administration, as well as select how content will be delivered.
- Click Next, and then click Install.
- Click Close.
You can now launch the application by going to the Start menu, selecting All Programs, selecting Administrative Tools, and then clicking Windows Media Services. At this point, you are ready to start adding content, modifying settings, and monitoring usage! For more detailed information about Windows Media Services, see Microsoft’s online support area.
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