Windows Server 2008: Install and configure windows media services 2008—step by step

Windows Media Services 2008 is an industry standard platform for streaming or on-demand audio/video content for windows XP and Windows 7 clients over private or public networks. Windows Media Services 2008 manages one or more Windows Media servers running on the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Client machine can play contents using Windows Media Player or Silverlight. Windows Media Services 2008 server capable of proxying, caching, or redistributing content.  Custom media content that have been developed using the Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK) can also be deployed through media services. Windows Media Services 2008 contains a new, built-in cache/proxy plug-in that you can use to configure your Windows Media server either as a cache/proxy server or a reverse-proxy server.

System requirement:

Windows Server 2008 x86 or x64

IIS for web administration and content distribution

Windows Media Services x86 or x64

Media services server must be a member of domain

Windows 7 or Windows XP client

Windows Media Player or Silver light


Download Windows Media Services. Install update on server as follows.

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Here, I have shown config of IP address authorization property. You have to configure rest of them according to your need.

Install Web Certificate and Configure SSL:



Publish Content:

Expand publishing points>select content>select announce tab on right side pan>click run unicast announce wizard

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CNAME Record:

Add CNAME record (Example: points windows media server) in DNS server .

Test Media Services:

Log on to a client machine

Open IE 6 or later>type or (here, /test is a test content uploaded in media services server)

Further Study:

Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Services

About Raihan Al-Beruni

Raihan Al-Beruni has been working on Microsoft Technologies for more than 15 years. Microsoft Technologies are his passion and blogging on Microsoft product is his hobby. Raihan has published a book on Windows Server 2012 titled “Windows Server 2012 Step by Step” on December 2 2012. He has published hundreds of articles on wide variety of technology. Raihan Al-Beruni has a Master’s degree in Electronic Business from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He is Microsoft certified IT Professional in Lync Server 2010, Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Private Cloud and Server Infrastructure. He is a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5. He is ITILv3 Foundation certified. Other than working on various enterprise technologies and projects, he mostly spends times on playing with new technologies at home or spending time with family.
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