Assembling required capacity

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

After you have estimated the bandwidth requirement of your content, the size of your audience, and your desired server capacity and have determined your projected growth ratio, you can build the server system and make whatever changes are necessary to your current network to accommodate the server capacity.

The following list outlines some effective techniques for upgrading server and network capacity:

  • Upgrade a single-CPU server to a multiple-CPU server.

  • Install additional network cards, or upgrade the server network card to support a higher bandwidth network connection.

  • Add additional servers running Windows Media Services and implement a load balancing program to create a larger logical server for streaming media on the network.

  • Distribute cache/proxy servers throughout the network and implement a content replication program to distribute your content closer to the clients and relieve some of the demand on the originating content servers.

  • Set the network switches that will be processing streaming media requests and transmissions to full duplex mode to maintain an uninterrupted information flow.