Training seminars

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Employee training is one of the most important uses of streaming media in corporations. By making training seminars available by using Windows Media Services, corporations can ensure that employees learn additional skills or refresh existing knowledge at a time that is most convenient for their schedules in the locations of their choice.

If the training is designed to be online, the course materials can be integrated with screen shots, Web pages, and slides to provide an interactive training experience. If the training is being presented live, it may be simultaneously broadcast as a live presentation and archived to be made available to viewers when they request it.

When implementing this scenario, consider the following:

  • Encoding software is optimized for live streaming or recording. Choose the appropriate encoding software for the approach you want to use. For example, Microsoft Expression Encoder can encode a live stream directly to your Windows Media server but it does not provide you with the opportunity to edit the content. Alternatively, Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint enables you to create and edit a presentation from a live source and synchronize it with a set of PowerPoint slides, but it cannot transmit a live stream.

  • You can use Windows Media Services to archive a broadcast stream to a file. After the stream has been archived, you can rebroadcast the file or make it available for clients later by using an on-demand publishing point.

  • Using authentication, authorization, and logging can provide you with information about the users that have received the content from your server.

  • By using passwords with your publishing points, you can limit employees' access to training until they have completed the prerequisites or received permission.