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Administering Windows Media servers remotely

Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web enables you to manage Windows Media servers remotely by using a browser such as Internet Explorer. Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web has most of the functionality of the Windows Media Services snap-in, but it also enables you to manage Windows Media servers in diverse scenarios, including servers that are separated from server administrators by a firewall, servers that are using a low-bandwidth network connection, or servers that are in a non-Windows environment. Using the Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web, you can perform common tasks such as creating and starting publishing points, monitoring publishing point activity, and configuring plug-ins. Tasks that require a fixed network location, such as creating announcement files, browsing folders, and creating and editing playlists, however, can only be done with the Windows Media Services snap-in.

After the main administration Web site has been opened remotely, Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web requires only a small amount of bandwidth. To access Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web, you must log on to the remote computer using an account that has administrative privileges. If you want to provide non-administrators with access to Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web, you can modify the security settings in Windows Media Services to give specified users rights to administer the server. For more information, see About rights.

To start Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web (local)
  • On the local server, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Media Services (Web).

To start Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web (remote)
  1. Make sure the Web services are running on the Windows Media Administration Web site.

  2. On the remote computer, open the Windows Media Administration site in Internet Explorer. By default, the URL is http://server:8080/default.asp.

  3. In Internet Explorer, add the Windows Media Administration site to the Trusted sites security zone. For more information, see Windows Internet Explorer Help.

  4. If you have not run the Web Server Security Lockdown Wizard in IIS, the Security Settings page is displayed. For more information, see Securing the Windows Media Administration site.

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