Using a playlist with on-demand Windows Media files

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

This section demonstrates how to stream a set of files in the order you specify. This streaming scenario is ideal for providing online training or a series of on-demand presentations. To set up this task, you need to identify a set of Windows Media files that you intend to stream as a playlist.

To use a playlist with on-demand Windows Media files

  1. Use the Add Publishing Point Wizard to create a new on-demand publishing point by right-clicking the server from which you want to stream a playlist and then clicking Add Publishing Point (Wizard). Proceed through the wizard pages making the following choices:

    • On the Publishing Point Name page, type a name for the new publishing point.

    • On the Content Type page, click Playlist.

    • On the Publishing Point Type page, click On-demand publishing point.

    • On the Existing Publishing Point page, click Add a new publishing point.

    • On the File Location page, click New Playlist.

  2. Use the wizard to create a new playlist by doing the following:

    • On the New Playlist page, click the Add Media button. The Add Media Elements dialog box appears.

    • In Location of content, type the location of the content or click the Browse button to locate the content. Click OK.

    • Repeat the previous step as necessary to add all of the files to the playlist.

    • On the New Playlist page, adjust the sequence of the files in the playlist by clicking a file and then clicking the Move Up or Move Down buttons.

    • On the Save Playlist File page, type a unique file name and location for your playlist.

  3. Use the wizard to enable and configure the following plug-ins:

    • WMS Playlist Transform plug-in
      On the Content Playback page, select the appropriate check box if you want to loop or shuffle your playlist content. Select both check boxes for continuous, random playback.

    • WMS Client Logging plug-in
      On the Unicast Logging page, select the check box if you want to log data about your clients.

  4. Verify that your wizard settings are correct and complete:

    • On the Publishing Point Summary page, verify that the settings for the new publishing point are correct.

    • On the Completing the Add Publishing Point Wizard page, clear all of the check boxes and then click Finish.

Users can now receive the content in the playlist by using the URL of your publishing point. The URL of a publishing point uses the following syntax: protocol://server/publishing_point (for example, mms://server1/my publishing point).


You can change the properties for a file in a playlist by modifying the properties area in the Playlist Editor or by using the Source tab. For more information about modifying playlist elements and attributes, see the Windows Media Services SDK Playlist Reference.

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