We are trying to run a lecture site using Microsoft Media. The webpage
contains a link pointing to a *.asf file. Those media files will be
served by the IIS, we are not using the Microsoft Media Server.
In-house tests works fine. But with real users, a fraction of them can
not view the lectures. Their media player tries to connect to the
server and gives up in a few seconds.
Interesting thing is, if such users keep trying, it eventually works
without upgrading any software or changing any settings. Once it works,
it keeps working.
My Question is: Do we have to use the Media Server if we want it to
work with a broad range of users? How much risk is there to open
additional ports for the media server to work?
Please do me a favor, when you answer the question, relate to your real
world experiences so I can show the answers to my boss.