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  • Blog Post: Why you see packet fragments with WMS multicast

    First a bit of terminology that will help keep things clear. For the purposes of this discussion I will use the term packet to mean an audio/video unit of data. Specifically this is an ASF packet based on the ASF file specification which includes WMA and WMV. When I refer to a frame , I’m talking...
  • Blog Post: Causes of 408's in a Windows Media Services log

    One common question I get from Windows Media Services admins who have looked through their log files is about the cause of the 408 status codes. Before answering the question directly, I need to define what a 408 is. Simply put, it is an abnormal disconnect. All it means is that at some point during...
  • Blog Post: Using HTTP Referer to prevent deep linking to a WMS server

    For a number of years now I've had customers ask me about how to prevent deep linking from random people directly to their Windows Media server. Deep linking is described on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_linking . Often this occurs when a web site owner does not ask for permission to point an embedded...
  • Blog Post: How to maintain an encoder/server connection on a problematic network

    I occasionally get contacted by customers that are having problems keeping their Windows Media Encoder 9 Series encoder and Windows Media Services 2008 server connected. Often it is simply that the network between the two is having some issues, however briefly. Both the encoder and server have resiliency...
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