problem serving media files using MS IIS web server

problem serving media files using MS IIS web server

Post by sciencecom » Tue, 23 Aug 2005 00:11:05


Hi,

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.

Thanks
Brian
 
 
 

problem serving media files using MS IIS web server

Post by Mike Lower » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 04:41:30

Tell those users to right click on the files and download them first before
trying to play them.