About publishing points

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Windows Media Services uses publishing points to translate client requests for content into a physical path on the server hosting the content. After a client successfully connects to a publishing point, your Windows Media server manages the connection and streams the content.

Windows Media Services includes two types of publishing points: on-demand publishing points and broadcast publishing points. Either type can be configured to deliver a stream from one of several types of sources, such as a file, a playlist, or a live stream from an encoder. One Windows Media server can be configured to run multiple publishing points, hosting a combination of on-demand and broadcast content.

The two types of publishing point are similar in many ways, but have a few important differences. In general, you would use an on-demand publishing point if you want the client to control playback; a broadcast publishing point if you want to control playback on the server. This section provides more information about streaming content to users from publishing point on your Windows Media Server.

In This Section

Using on-demand publishing points

Using broadcast publishing points

About the default publishing points

Streaming from publishing points

Announcing your content to users

See Also


Managing publishing points