Posted by: kurtsh | September 25, 2007

BETA: Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 RC0

YAAAAAAY!  A new release of Windows Media Server has hit the wire, called Windows Media Services 2008, including the new Cache Server for Windows Media!

NEW FEATURES
Check this out:
(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/serve/features.aspx)

  1. CACHE/PROXY MANAGEMENT
    This is the BIGGIE:  There’s a built in Caching Server for Windows Media built into the product now.  This means that Windows Media Player can be configured to point to a Windows Server 2008 box as a "Media Proxy" (just as Internet Explorer points to ISA Server as a Web Proxy) and watch cached media that has already been viewed by others. 
  2. INFRASTRUCTURE SCALE, MANAGEMENT, & SECURITY
    64-BIT & 32-BIT VERSIONS

    There’s now a 64-bit version of Windows Media Services.  Not that it needed the 64-bitness however it’s still great to be able to load it up on large scale systems running x64.
    SERVER CORE ROLE
    If you want a version that works with a completely stripped down OS to minimize the attack surface of your machine, use the Stream Media Services Server Core role.  Your systems will run without an interface and won’t have anything other than the streaming media functionality that you install on it, but that’s okay since you can remote admin everything.
    STREAMING MEDIA SERVICES ROLE
    Now integrated into the Server Manager, the Windows Media Services operates as a fully qualified role for the Server Manager making it easy to add and easy to configure for.
  3. PLAY WHILE ARCHIVING
    Why do you have to watch a broadcast live while it’s being recorded?  Why not watch Windows Media like a TiVo and if you missed the first half hour of a presentation, simply watch from the beginning by streaming the archive to your desktop and let everyone else watch the presentation live!
  4. BROADCAST AUTOSTART
    If your configuration fails in the event of a catastrophic loss, like a power outage – no worries!  Just let the server & the encoding workstation reboot and boom:  You’re back on line streaming and archiving live.

DOWNLOAD:  (51.8MB – for Windows Server 2008 RC0)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=898fe4ff-92fc-4ab8-bd5a-6ce689004b40&displaylang=en&tm

PRODUCT INFORMATIONhttp://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/serve/prodinfo2008.aspx

UPGRADE INFORMATION
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/howto/articles/upgradewms9s.aspx#requirements


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