Understanding Windows Media Services

Windows Media Services is no longer a built-in component on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. As such, it will be necessary for those working with the Windows Server 2008 R2 family of operating systems to obtain Windows Media Services directly from the Microsoft website. It will also be necessary to install and configure the Windows Media Services role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system. Windows Media Services enables the administrators of an organization to organize video and audio files to be published to other users. The publishing function sets the bandwidth that will be used during the file distribution, controls the number of users accessing audio and video files at the same time, and manages the overall bandwidth demands of the Windows Media Services functions.

By properly configuring and optimizing media services functions, an organization can minimize the excessive demands of media services distribution over the network. The decisions that need to be made include whether distribution will be:

. Real-time live broadcasts

. Single broadcasts at a time

. Multiple files combined to a single broadcast

. Multiple files in a single directory for selective broadcasting

The various publishing options are highlighted throughout this chapter as best practices, tips, and tricks on configuring and implementing the publishing services to meet various organizational needs.

Source of Information : Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

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