Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
An input failure to Windows Media Services, either from an encoder, a remote publishing point, or a file server, is particularly challenging because the system administrator may not be aware that there is a problem. When an upstream content source fails or is disconnected, an error is written to the Troubleshooting tab and the session log, but there is no overt indication of a problem in Windows Media Services.
You can minimize the risk of an upstream fault by using multiple content sources for your publishing point. Multiple content sources can consist of redundant encoders or alternate content files that the publishing point can use if the primary content source is unavailable.