Working with the console tree

When you install Windows Media Services, your computer becomes the default Windows Media server. If you want to administer more than one Windows Media server using the Windows Media Services snap-in, you can add additional servers to the console tree. If you are administering several Windows Media servers using the Windows Media Services snap-in, you can manage them more effectively by organizing them into groups. Each group should contain servers that must be monitored and controlled together. A server can be a member of more than one group, if necessary.

In the console tree, you can expand a server item to display the following additional features:

  • Troubleshooting. Provides a list of the most recent events and error messages that have occurred since the Windows Media Services service was started. You can use this feature to identify problems or potential problems in your server operation.

  • Cache/Proxy Management. Provides information and tools for managing your Windows Media server as a cache/proxy server.

  • Publishing Points. Provides information and tools for managing the publishing points hosted by the Windows Media server.


The details pane typically consists of several tabs. Each tab provides you with information and server management capabilities specific to certain aspects of server operation. The buttons at the bottom of the tab enable you to perform common server tasks.

See Also


Troubleshooting server events
Managing cache/proxy publishing points
About publishing points