Enable media streaming
Published: April 26, 2010
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
You can share music, videos, and pictures from Windows Server 2012 Essentials by streaming files to any supported digital media receiver (DMR) such as computers, mobile phones, televisions, digital media receivers, extenders for Windows Media Center (including Xbox 360), and other personal electronic devices.
To share the media that is stored in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you need to turn on media streaming. Media streaming is turned off by default.
Open the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard.
Click Settings, click Media, and then click Turn on.
Note When you turn on media sharing, it creates four predefined folders: Music, Pictures, Videos, and Recorded TV. If any of these folders preexist on the server, the existing folder is reused as a shared folder for media sharing. All the existing folder’s media content and user permissions are preserved, and they are shared with all network users.
Click Turn on.
If you want share additional folders in the Media Library, click Customize, and then select Yes for each shared folder that you want to include in the Media Library.
Click OK to save your changes.
For information about the digital media types supported by Windows Media Player, see: Information about the Multimedia file types that Windows Media Player supports (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=196118).
Windows Server 2012 Essentials does not support the sharing of copy-protected media. This includes music purchased through an online music store.
Copy-protected media can be played back only on the computer or device that you used to purchase it. Copy protection prevents you from playing media on more than one computer or device, even if you copy the media to your Windows Server 2012 Essentials server and play it from there. However, you can store the copy-protected media on Windows Server 2012 Essentials and continue to play back the media on the computer or device used to purchase it.
When you enable media sharing, it creates four pre-defined folders - Music, Pictures, Videos and Recorded TV. If any of these folders pre-exists on the server, then the existing folder gets reused as a shared folder for media sharing. All the existing folder’s media contents and user permissions are preserved and it is now shared out to all network users.
Before you turn on Media Library Sharing for a shared folder, you should know that Media Library Sharing bypasses any type of user-account access that you set for the shared folder. For example, let's say that you turn on Media Library Sharing for the Photos shared folder, and you set the Photos shared folder to No Access for a user account named Bobby. Bobby can still stream any digital media from the Videos shared folder to any supported digital media player or DMR. If you have digital media that you do not want to stream in this manner, store the files in a folder that does not have Media Library Sharing turned on.
If you turn on Media Library Sharing for a shared folder, any supported digital media player or DMR that can access your Windows Server 2012 Essentials network can also access your digital media in that shared folder. For example, if you have a wireless network and you have not secured it, anybody within range of your wireless network can potentially access your digital media in that folder. Before you turn on Media Library Sharing, make sure that you secure your wireless network. For more information, see the documentation for your wireless access point.