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Encyclopedia > Windows Media Services

Windows Media Services (WMS) is a software component of Microsoft Windows Server that allows an administrator to generate streaming media (audio/video). Only Windows Media and mp3 formats are supported. Windows Server System logo Windows Server System is an integrated set of server software from Microsoft. ... Streaming media is media that is continuously received by, and normally displayed to, the end-user whilst it is being delivered by the provider. ... Windows Media is a multimedia framework for media creation and distribution for Microsoft Windows. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding, lossy compression format, and algorithm, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. ...


In addition to streaming, WMS also has the ability to cache and record streams, enforce authentication, impose various connection limits, restrict access, use multiple protocols, generate usage statistics, and apply forward error correction (FEC). It can also handle a high number of concurrent connections making it ideal for content providers. Streams can also be distributed between servers as part of a distribution network where each server ultimately feeds a different network/audience. Both unicast and multicast streams are supported (multicast streams also utilize a proprietary and partially encrypted Windows Media Station (*.nsc) file for use by a player.) Typically, Windows Media Player is used to decode and watch/listen to the streams, but other players are also capable of playing Windows Media content (VLC, MPlayer, etc.) Look up cache in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Authentication (Greek: αυθεντικός = real or genuine, from authentes = author ) is the act of establishing or confirming something (or someone) as authentic, that is, that claims made by or about the thing are true. ... In the field of telecommunications, a communications protocol is the set of standard rules for data representation, signalling, authentication and error detection required to send information over a communications channel. ... In telecommunication, forward error correction (FEC) is a system of error control for data transmission, whereby the sender adds redundant data to its messages, which allows the receiver to detect and correct errors (within some bound) without the need to ask the sender for additional data. ... In computer networks, unicast is the sending of information packets to a single destination. ... Routing Schemes anycast broadcast multicast unicast Multicast is sometimes also used to refer to a multiplexed broadcast, although that is a very different thing and should not be confused. ... Proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property, usually to the exclusion of other parties. ... This article is about algorithms for encryption and decryption. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Windows Media is a multimedia framework for media creation and distribution for Microsoft Windows. ... VLC is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: VLC media player Visible Light Communications technology Valencia Airport - IATA airport code VLC Variable Length Coding This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title. ... This article is about the open source media player. ...


See Also

Windows Media is a multimedia framework for media creation and distribution for Microsoft Windows. ... Microsoft Windows Media Encoder is a production tool that enables content developers to convert both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images to Windows Media Format for live and on-demand delivery. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ...

External Links

More Information

  • Official Windows Media Services site

Applications to Manage Windows Media Services

  • WMS Monitor - Shareware app for monitoring WMS publishing points
  • WM Controller - Small app that allows remote starting/stopping of WMS publishing points
  • AWStats - Open source log file analyzer that is capable of reading WMS log files

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N-100: Microsoft Windows Media Services ISAPI Extension Flaw (1272 words)
Windows Media Services is not installed by default, and this high vulnerability risk only applies when it has been installed on Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 servers.
Windows Media Services is not installed by default on Windows 2000, and must be downloaded to install on Windows NT 4.0.
Windows Media Services are not available for Windows 2000 Professional or Windows NT 4.0 Workstation The attacker would have to know which server on the network Windows Media Services had been installed on.
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