Administering your Windows Media server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can manage Windows Media servers in a variety of ways depending on your needs and your environment.

  • Windows Media Services snap-in. This administration interface enables you to use Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to manage your Windows Media server. You can add the snap-in to MMC on any computer running Windows ServerĀ 2008 or you can access the snap-in by using a Remote Desktop connection.

  • Windows Media Services Administrator for the Web. This Web-based administration interface uses Active Server Pages (ASP) hosted by Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and allows you to administer Windows Media Services through a firewall, on a low-bandwidth network connection, or in a non-Windows environment, by using a Web browser.

The Windows Media Services user interfaces are divided into two parts: the console tree on the left and the details pane on the right. The information displayed in the details pane changes based on the item you click in the console tree.


Regardless of the interface you use to access your server, you must have administrative rights and privileges for the server to manage it or change its settings. For more information, see About rights.


You can also use the Windows Media Services SDK to create command-line scripts and custom programs to manage your server.

In This Section

Working with the console tree

Viewing server details

Managing groups of servers

Troubleshooting server events

Managing publishing points

Managing cache/proxy publishing points

Administering Windows Media servers remotely

Logging data about multicast streams