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Identifying the content location

Specify where Windows Media Services can locate the content you want to stream from your publishing point. The field on this page differs depending on the content type you selected on the Content Type page. Use the following table to help you determine the proper syntax to use to identify the content location.

Selected content type Location syntax
Encoder On the Encoder URL page, type the URL from which the encoder is sending the content. The URL information is available on the encoder machine. The URL has the following syntax:


If you do not specify a port number, the server will try to connect to the encoder on the default port of 8080.

Playlist On the File Location page, select one of the following two options:

New Playlist

When you select this option, you do not specify a content location at this time. Instead, the wizard will take you through the steps involved in creating a new playlist. (For more information, see Creating a new playlist file.) When you save the new playlist file, you will specify a location that will be used as the content location for the publishing point.


Existing playlist

When you select this option, you specify the location of the playlist file using a local path or an URL. For example:


Windows Media playlist files use a .wsx file name extension.

One File On the File Location page, type the name and location of the file you want to stream. The file can be locally stored on the server or available on a remote drive through a local area network (LAN). For example:



Windows Media Services can stream files with the following file name extensions by default: .wma, .wmv, .asf, .wsx, and .mp3.

Files On the Directory Location page, type the directory path to the content you want to stream. For example:



If you are creating an on-demand publishing point, select the Enable access to directory content using wildcards check box if you want to be able to stream all of the files in the directory in order. You can then use an announcement file to determine whether users will be connecting to a single file or to all of the files in the directory.

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