Client activity reports

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Part of providing a streaming service is providing reporting data to clients to verify your claims. Using the data collected in Windows Media Services log files, you can verify that users are accessing only the content for which they have been granted access.

You can use the data in a log file to create reports that reflect the client activity for a server or publishing point. Reports can detail the total number of clients per URL, the average stream duration, and the advertisements that each client viewed. When implementing this scenario, consider the following:

  • Use a database to store the data you collect. By storing data over time, you can analyze trends and provide historical information about the performance of your Web site.

  • Determine the audience of your client activity reports. Be sure that you create reports that meet the needs of your audience and focus on the most important statistics.

  • Investigate different reporting products. There are several companies that specialize in reporting software.