Yesterday we setup Windows Media Services on Windows Server 2003 to allow us to stream audio and videos right from the server. today we will go through the configuration of adding a publishing point to Windows Media Services, so we can start streaming our media. read about on how to setup windows media services from the link below.
To configure a publishing point on windows media services login to your Windows 2003 Server and and go to start click on All Programs then click on Administrative Tools and select Windows Media Services:
On the left menu, right-click on Publishing Points and select Add a Publishing Point (Wizard)
The Publishing point wizard should come up:
Click on Next. Give a name to your publishing point on the next window:
Click on Next. Next you need to choose the content type from the following options:
- Encoder (live stream)
- playlist ( a mix of files and/or live streams that you can combine into a continuous stream
- One file ( useful to broadcast an archived file)
- files (digital media or playlist) in a directory (useful for providing access for on-demand playback through a single publishing point)
I will choose the third option (One file (useful for a broadcast of an archived file). Click Next. On the next window, you need to select your publishing point type:
I will choose the second option (On-Demand publishing point) thus giving users the freedom to control the stream.
Click Next. On the next window, you will be asked if you want to add a new on-demand publishing point or use an existing one:
Choose Add a new publishing point. Click Next. On the next window choose the location of the file(s) you want to publish. I will publish a test video. once you click on browse, a list of directories on the root drive will come up, browse to the location of your media files ( you need to have the file(s) on the WMRoot directory in order to be streamed by windows media services) once you locate the file, click on select file on the right-hand pane. you should get back to the previous window:
Click Next. Next, you will be asked if you want to enable logging for this publishing point. leave the default, unchecked. Click Next.
Next you will be presented with the publishing point summary, make sure everything is correct:
Click next. On the next window, click Ok.
Now, your publishing point should be created. to see the result of your work, open windows media player on your computer and go to file and then click on Open URL: type the URL of your publishing point as :mms://HDGEEKDC/Geek-videos“ and click OK. the movie should start playing.
Windows media services is a robust media server, with many customization options, we have just touched the tip of the iceberg on this publishing point tutorial. Feel free to play around with windows media services, if you have any question please use the comment section.